Scholars Day Poster Guidelines

Student Poster Presentation Guidelines 

Posters should be electronically generated and must be printed in advance of Scholars Day.  On Scholars Day, April 4, please check in from 2:00 – 3:00pm in Room 314. Arrive early - No posters will be hung after 3:00pm.

  • Presenters will be provided with a 36” x 24” space on a long shared board. You may create your poster in 36” x 24” or 24” x 36” and no larger. Push pins will also be provided for presenters to attach their poster to the poster board.
  • Keep your poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire body of research for people to read. Instead, think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized “panels” (a storyboard) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information you want to convey - just enough to get your point across.
  • Organize your poster materials using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” These headings will help establish a logical flow to your poster.
  • Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.
  • Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
  • Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name, your mentor’s name and your UNT college. [For example, if you are a TAMS student but researching under a Biology professor, please include College of Science. If you are an Honors College student, please include the Honors College and the college of your mentor.]
  • There are many YouTube videos to assist you in creating a research poster. Here are a few we like: 
  • Your poster will be on display for a 1.5- to 2-hour time period. You will need to check-in at the poster venue prior to the start of the session and have your poster set up before the start of the session. Allow yourself plenty of time for the setup in order to relax and enjoy the presentation. You are expected to be at your poster during the session to interact with faculty members and students and address questions from interested visitors. You are also responsible for the prompt removal of your poster and return of push pins to the check-in desk at the end of the session.
  • Ask your UNT faculty mentor to proof your work.Your poster represents you, your mentor and your college. Take great care to plan and organize it well. Make sure it communicates the intended information in an interesting, visual manner. 
  • URF and TAMS Students: you may not present with others. If you have been working with a team, your Scholars Day entry must show your individual contribution to the project even though your overall poster may show the team project.
  • Students other than URF and TAMS may present as a team as long as the UNT faculty mentor approves. One student will assume the role of the coordinator and will fill out the application and be responsible for communication to the team. 

General Guidelines for Submitting Art/Creative Works to the Student Poster Session

  • Please note that students must make their own transport and display arrangements. The Honors College provides shared long boards. The student must always accompany the creative work to ensure security. No tables or access to electrical outlets will be available to Student Poster presenters.
  • Students must create a standard poster that provides more information about the work of art that may include method of construction; technical aspects; context in the larger world of art; social/philosophical/aesthetic implications; sources of inspiration, etc.
  • The abstract should state clearly the medium/format of the artwork and then briefly mention important technical, aesthetic, critical, and historical information. The goal is to give the reviewers some basic academic information they can use to evaluate the significance of the product. Does it emerge from one particular school of aesthetics? Was it created in response to a particular historical or social event? Does it demonstrate a particularly important technique? Is it innovative in some way? An abstract doesn't allow much room to answer these questions, so the student will need to pick and choose, but the best abstracts will give a clear impression of why the piece of art is significant and worthy of display in a national setting.

If you have general questions, contact the Scholars Day coordinator, Diana Dunklau at



Students will fill out the application here for the Poster Presentation Application by March 9.