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Scholarly Lit and Digital Poster Faculty Guide at Clermont

A faculty guide for utilizing scientific literature, teaching information literacy concepts, and creating digital posters in your science classroom.

Getting Started

Before you consider the formatting and construction issues associated with a scientific poster, it is important to hone your content in Word, Google Docs, or another familiar word processing format.  Composing your poster as a poster will take longer -- so commit your words to the page in a more familiar format first.

When composing scientific poster content, keep the following sections of information in mind, as they'll be clearly separated on the poster as first-level headings.  Check with your professor about their expectations about these major headings, too:

  • Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s)
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • References

Technical Writing Aspects of Science Posters

Setting Up Your Poster

PowerPoint is the easiest way to create a UC-branded poster with minimal formatting work.  You can use PowerPoint on a PC or a Mac, but switching between those two versions midway can result in the loss of some formatting fidelity.

  • Begin by choosing a UC-branded PowerPoint template (scroll to bottom for PowerPoint template).
  • Change the slide size to 56 inches (width) by 44.8 inches (height).  When you print your poster, export/save as PDF and this will be the paper size.  Traditional PowerPoint slide size defaults are 13 x 7.5 inches (widescreen) or 10 x 7.5 inches (standard). It is important to do this immediately, before adding any content.
  • Save your work in safe place that allows collaboration and back-up, such as OneDrive or another cloud storage solution.

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