Making a (College-level) Science Poster

Science is hard to look at, but we have to try and make it more accessible to the audience to know the most important things about your project your time, effort, and failures onto on singular presentation: a poster.

The culmination of a summer’s research, an honors thesis or a study with a professor in college is usually a poster. It’s not sexy, but it is informative and as time goes on, design counts towards explaining your work in a conductive way.

Since you are a busy college student or tired research, I’ll keep it short and sweet:


  • What has been said on your topic before?
  • Research quoted from relevant peer-reviewed source; “common knowlegde” can be referred to without any references
  • Reference st


  • This can be scampy on a poster in a way it cannot be in a peer-reviewed paper
  • Sometime pictures of your set-up and a brief explanation of how that set-up works
  • Other times, a BRIEF review on the theory the guides your experiment should be described
  • the less words the better in this section


  • Let your graphs and charts shine in this area! Although you will have to explain more here than in any other point of the poster, let the graphs tell most of the story
  • Let your captions be girthy: what is this  graph describing? what is its significance? what is its error margin and percentage error?


  • this is all word baby: what did you learn from this experiment about your topic?

Future Directions

in a better set-up, what would you differently?

nw equipment? new methods? what are the faults in your own experiment?


  • Varies from poster to poster but you can’t go wrong with APA


My Poster for my NEUR200 Lab: Crayfish Electrophysiology

poster NEUR 200.pptx


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