Building the Perfect Poster: Professional Development Series

Are you presenting a poster at a conference? Are you submitting your research for Frank Low Day, April 25, 2019?

Whether you are presenting nationally or locally, and whether you are a seasoned researcher or new to the world of poster presentations, the new professional development series “Building the Perfect Poster” is just for you!

This three-part UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) professional development series is designed to cover the process of effective poster development from start to finish. The three sessions are sequenced and scheduled so you can prepare a poster in time for Frank Low Day, but the sessions are open to all and are designed such that anyone can build a research poster to present information, concepts, and data effectively and attractively.

Session One: References, Graphics, and Copyright for Research Posters
February 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to noon, SMHS W201 or online here.

This session, led by SMHS Library Resources, will focus on the early stages of poster design, including effective literature review strategies and fair use of images. References on a poster aren’t just an item to check off: they can make or break your poster! You want to be sure you have collected all relevant background data before presenting your findings, or the viewer will wonder whether your research was well-informed before it even began. And, no poster is complete without graphics to explain findings and break up the text, but where can you get them? Do you need permission to use them? Come to this session to learn the answers to these questions.

Session Two: Design Strategies for Effective Research Posters
March 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to noon, SMHS W201 or online (link TBD)

In our second session, led by SMHS Education Resources, we’ll discuss strategies for condensing your research into a concise, powerful, and effective poster. Space is at a premium in a poster—the textual equivalent of a well-designed poster is 3–4 pages of text, yet most research articles are closer to 25 pages in length. How can you meet these space limitations without losing what’s most important to your research? When should you use figures, tables, or graphics? How do you integrate them with the text? This session will answer these and other questions relating to the design of your poster.

Session Three: Production Strategies for Research Posters
April 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to noon, SMHS W201 or online (link TBD)
The last in this three-part series will be led by Information Resources. The best designed poster can fall flat at a conference if you haven’t taken things like format and size of your images or the final display size of your poster into account. How do you set up a PowerPoint to print out as a 3- x 4-foot document or a 4- x 8-foot document? What are the implications for print and graphic quality? Where can you print a poster that size? What are the options for transporting and displaying posters like this? This session will explore how to make your poster both visually pleasing AND how to avoid technical snafus during layout and printing.

URLs for attending at a distance will be provided for each upcoming session as the series progresses, and all sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

This is the first series of a new SMHS Faculty Affairs Professional Development Resources (PDR) collaboration of Library Resources, Education Resources, and Information Resources. The series is brought to you in partnership with the Evidence-Based Teaching Group (EBTG). Past EBTG topics have included assessment, online learning, precepting, active learning, simulation, ADA compliance, and educational scholarship. Many of the past EBTG events can be streamed from our website.

If you are interested in improving your teaching, watch for other upcoming events and join us! If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest (or lead!) a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny at