Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster presenters must follow the General Poster Session Guidance. Postdoctoral scholars will not participate in the poster presentations.

General Poster Session Guidance

  1. You must be the sole designer of your poster, though the research may have been conducted collaboratively. (Other contributors to the poster, such as advisors, may be thanked within the design of the poster.)
  2. Poster presentation boards will be 3 feet high and 4 feet wide. Posters should not exceed these measurements.
  3. You should include the following information in the poster: (a) Purpose of the study/piece; (b) Research method; (c) Findings or Predicted Findings; and (d) Implications. These categories may need to be adjusted to fit your particular research area and the scholarly traditions of your field. For example, you may need to be explicit about the theoretical perspective underlying your research or the data analysis methods you employed.
  4. Posters will be evaluated based on the quality of the design and the research. This includes the purpose of the research, the research design and procedure, the theoretical and/or practical significance of the findings, the conclusions, and any other content.
  5. Posters will be evaluated in the poster divisions. Divisions are being determined by the Hayes committee. In determining the area in which you will submit your abstract, the primary factor to consider is the subject matter addressed by your research, not necessarily your area of enrollment. 
  6. Students' work will be evaluated by professionals from the general academic area, so proposals need to be understood by those in a fairly broad range of related fields. This ability to explain complex material in a clear and convincing way is part of the judges' consideration.
  7. All winners of the poster competition may be asked to put their poster on display.
  8. Remember judges signed up for generic academic areas. Therefore, your judges may not be experts in your area of expertise. Please remember to speak to a broad audience when presenting.
  9. Presenters are given 8 minutes to present: 5 minutes for formal presentation, 3 minutes for questions and answers.  It is okay if the presentations end earlier than the allotted 8 minutes; however presentations must not go beyond 8 minutes. Proctors will be on hand to assist.
  10. The online application (including the submission of an abstract) must be submitted by Friday December 16th, 2022 at 11:59pm (extended from the original deadline of December 5th, 2022).

Performance as part of Presentation with Q & A

Applicants who intend to make a performance in the presentation period (such as a dance, theatrical demonstration, etc.) are eligible to participate in both oral and poster presentations. Applicants selected to participate in the forum will be contacted with details about performances.

Dress Code

There is no official dress code for the Hayes Forum; Please dress to best represent yourself and your work.