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  • Judging Criteria “sample from previous years”

    Poster #:

    Mastery Level






    A. Content: overall treatment of
    topic. Research question, probem
    defined. Abstract covers topic.
    Accurate interpretation of data.
    Importance, relevance of topic.

    Question, problem undefined; abstract
    does not cover topic; contains a lot of
    inaccurate or faulty interpretations of
    data; lacks discussion of relevance,

    Question, problem not well-defined;
    abstract could reflect topic better;
    contains some factual errors or
    inaccurate interpretations; relevance,
    importance could be better clarified.

    Question, problem adequately
    defined; abstract captures topic fairly
    well; data is mostly correct and
    acurately interpreted; relevance and
    importance are generally clear.

    Question, problem well defined; abstract
    fully reflects topic; data correct and well
    interpreted; relevance, importance of
    topic clear.

    B. Organization: logical ordering of
    ideas; conclusions tied to data,
    implications for future. Project
    planning and execution.

    Ideas not presented in logical order;
    basis for conclusions unclear;
    implications for future not discussed.
    Project does not appear to have been
    well-planned and/or executed.

    Some ideas not presented in logical
    order; the basis for some conclusions
    unclear; implications for future vague.
    Project could have been better
    planned and/or executed.

    Most ideas are presented in logical
    order; the basis of most conclusions
    are clear; some future implications
    follow conclusions. Project in
    general appears to have been wellplanned
    and executed.

    Ideas are presented in logical order; the
    basis for conclusions are clear;
    implications for the future follow
    conclusions. Outstanding project in terms
    of planning and execution.

    C. Documentation: proper support
    and sourcing of major ideas; partners
    and advisors credited.

    Little or no support for major ideas;
    little or no sourcing provided;
    partners and advisors not credited.

    Some support provided for major
    ideas; sourcing is outdated or
    irrelevant; some partners and advisors
    are credited.

    Adequate support provided for key
    ideas; sourcing is generally relevant
    and current; partners and advisors are

    Effective support provided for key ideas;
    sourcing is current and relevant; partners
    and advisors are credited.

    D. Visual Presentation: appearance
    and legibility of poster; effectiveness
    of poster in delivering message.

    Poster is unappealing and difficult to
    read; poster does not effectively
    deliver the message.

    Poster would benefit from more
    careful execution; poster somewhat
    supports message.

    Poster is legible and understandable;
    poster adequately supports message.

    Poster is attractive and easily read; poster
    well represents and supports the message.

    E. Oral Presentation: Adequate
    volume, appropriate pace, diction,
    language, professional appearance,
    enthusiasm/energy, posture; effective
    use of visual aids.

    Low volume or energy; pace too slow
    or fast; poor diction; language
    inappropriate for audience; distracting
    gestures or posture; unprofessional
    appearance; visual aids poorly used.

    More volume/energy needed at times;
    pace too slow or fast; some
    inappropriate language used; some
    distracting gestures or posture;
    adequate appearance; use of visual
    aids could be improved.

    Adequate volume and energy;
    generally good pace and diction;
    mostly appropriate language; few or
    no distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used

    Good volume and energy; proper pace
    and diction; language proper and
    understandable by a layperson; avoidance
    of distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used effectively.

    F. Interaction: eye contact; listens to
    and answers questions.

    Little or no eye contact; poor listening
    skills; uneasiness or inability to
    answer questions.

    Additional eye contact needed at
    times; better listening skills needed;
    some difficulty answering questions.

    Fairly good eye contact; displays
    ability to listen; provides adequate
    answers to questions.

    Good eye contact; excellent listening
    skills; answers questions with authority
    and accuracy.

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  • Print Posters at Krannert

    For Krannert students displaying posters, Krannert has a copy shop where you can print your posters at no cost

    PDF files to print must be set to: 3’ wide and 2’ high (landscape) for Krannert projects
    The PDF files should be submitted a minimum of 8 working days prior the poster symposium
    Yearly, confirm the size requirements prior to submitting the files

    2 ways to use this service:

    1. Send files to:
      • Email subject line to include
        OUR 20XX (add current year, for example, 2019) Poster Print-3’ wide and 2’ high-Last Name-First Name
      • Include in the email
        Name of Project
        Contact information
    2. Visit Krannert’ s Copy Center (KRAN 491)
      • Bring a flash drive with the pdf of the 3’ and 2’ wide poster
        Mail Room / Copy Center
        KRAN 491
        9:00 am - noon; 1:00pm - 4:30 pm

    Office of Undergraduate Research Poster Size Options
    3' wide x 4' high (portrait) OR 3' wide x 2' high (landscape) due to space restrictions
    Posters that vary from these sizes will be removed
    For the 2018-19 conference, Krannert can only print 3’ wide x 2’ high posters (Landscape posters)

  • Contact us

    Melissa Evens
    Director of the LCS

Create an Effective Poster and Presenting It