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This page is intended for participating students who are nominated by their departments. McGill Science undergraduates who are interested in participating in the Undergraduate Research Conference should talk to their research project supervisor or to departmental staff. 

  • Maximum poster size is 3.5 feet wide x 4 feet tall. You will share an easel with another student. Please respect your neighbour by not exceeding this size.
    • If your poster is already printed, and is larger than this size, please contact victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
  • It is recommended that your sheets be mounted or printed on poster paper. However, you may bring individual sheets and post these to the easel.
  • Title may be "proper" or catchy.
  • The top of the poster should indicate the title, first and last name of author(s), and your program (e.g., B.Sc. Chemistry). You should acknowledge your supervisor and anyone else who contributed to the research.
  • Use LARGE font.
    • Hint: Print a scaled-down copy of your poster onto one sheet of regular paper, 8.5 x 11". If everything is still legible, then the sizes are likely good on the full-size poster. As well, you will now have a useful one-page handout: when you are preparing your poster, you can circulate this to your peers for their comments; on the day of the conference, you can give copies to visitors, if you so wish.
  • Consider using graphs rather than tables.
  • Present small, easily-digested bites of information rather than lengthy narrative.
  • Numbered or bulleted lists can be a concise and effective way to convey a series of points.
  • Pushpins / thumbtacks will be provided. No tape or staples.

How to organize your poster

Here are three possible structures; these are only suggestions. Something else may be more appropriate for you. If you have questions about how to best present your work, please contact your department or your research project supervisor.

Before you put an abstract on your poster, ask yourself: doesn't the rest of the poster convey that information already?

Experimental lab workSome computer science projectsTheoretical research
  • Title
  • Introduction and hypotheses
  • Method
  • Results and discussion
  • (Summary and) general conclusion
  • References / literature cited (smaller font ok)
  • Acknowledgments (and disclosures)
  • Title
  • Problem and Motivation
  • Challenges and Goals
  • Solution Overview (often with an overview of the architecture of a software system)
  • Experiences and Experimental Results (if there are any)
  • Conclusions and Future Work
  • Title
  • Statement of the problem
  • Main theorems and lemmas
  • Proof outline

Other resources about posters

There are many online resources for preparing a poster. Here are two:

As well, your labmates, fellow students, other peers, and supervisor may be very helpful!