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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ideas; sourcing is outdated or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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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)

Melissa Evens
Director of the LCS

Create an Effective Poster and Presenting It