What gets your neurons going? Is it the periodic table? Or are you more of the type to be confused by covalent and ionic bonds?
Whatever the case may be, it is always important to present your scientific findings in a coherent display. Here’s how to make a poster that will put other organisms to shame.
Step 1. Develop a plan.
Have an outline of what you want to cover in your findings. Create the charts or graphs you will need to display in your poster. Make sure all your content and/or images are ready to go.
The poster will most likely be kind of text-heavy, but that shouldn’t mean it will be unattractive or hard to read.
Step 2. Create a new document.
You can use a variety of programs to design the poster. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CS5.
TIP: Make sure the dimensions are correct.
Step 3. Insert a title.
At first glance, your title should show what the research is about and your general findings.
TIP: Keep the font and colors professional.
Step 4. Insert credits.
In a smaller font under the title, include the authors of this research.
Step 5. Summary paragraph.
Under the title, include a summary paragraph with a header. Include two to three sentences about the findings of your research.
Step 6. Background paragraph.
Include a header for the background paragraph and one to two sentences about what brought you to this research and what the hypothesis was.
Step 7. Results.
Add another header for your results. Here you will include any charts or graphs and images that relate to your research.
TIP: Make sure your images are at least 300 DPI to ensure high-quality printing.
Step 8. Objectives points.
Under each header, use bullet points to briefly describe the objectives of your study.
Step 9. Methods paragraph.
Include one to two sentences about the methods you used to reach your conclusion.
Science made easy!
Science can be a difficult subject to understand, but if you follow this simple format, creating a coherent poster with well-organized information is easy. Remember to try to write as clearly as you can.