Poster Sessions

*Until Thursday evening, the FedEx location at Barracks Road will only be able to print in black and white. We recommend that those who need to print posters in color visit Staples (243 Ridge McIntire Road, (434) 977-5506) or ALC Copies (1170 Emmet Street, (434) 295-2679). Both options are a long walk from hotels and dorms, but Staples is accessible via a short cab ride or by taking the free trolley to the 4th Street / West Mainstop.

The closest place to print your poster locally is the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center in the Barracks Road shopping center.


The poster session for graduate students is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 at 6:00pm. Please bring your poster with you on the shuttles Thursday morning. There will be space to store it at the Abbott Center in Learning Team Rooms 132 and 134 across from CR130.  The poster session will include a reception with food and drinks. Presenters should stay near their posters to take questions and comments and talk with other members of the Society.  The poster session for faculty posters is scheduled for Friday, July 19 at 4:45pm.

Posters accepted for presentation will be archived on the PolMeth website.  We also encourage you to submit the associated paper to the Society’s working paper archive.


We will provide you with space on a board for your poster, push pins, and tape. The poster can be landscape or portrait, but no larger than 36 x 48 inches.  Tips on preparing and designing your poster are given below.


What should you present?

For students far along on their dissertation, this is an opportunity to get members of the methods section to review your thesis work.  For others, this is a chance to get an enormous amount of feedback on future conference, working, or late-stage papers.  Given that the topic has already been submitted as part of your application and approved by the program committee, the question is really what part of this research will prove to be the most useful as a poster in this setting.  In general, the audience will be interested in your application of methodologies (broadly defined) to some data-analytic problem.  No matter what is presented, don’t be afraid to highlight areas that are not totally worked out, since this is exactly where you might get the most benefit from feedback.

What makes a good poster?

In general, you can think of your poster as a set of presentation slides.  As such, tables and figures should play an essential role, and bullet points should be used to highlight main points.  You will be verbally explaining your research to others rather than having them read every sentence on your poster.  Keep it simple, but make sure your poster gets your research across in a brief and effective manner.

How should one make a poster?

A good poster is seldom constructed from filling the poster board with standard 8.5 by 11 inch printouts.  We strongly suggest designing and producing the poster as a poster.  The following provide helpful advice about structuring and organizing a good poster

There are a variety of software packages that can be used to design posters including Microsoft Power Point, LaTeX, and Adobe Illustrator.  Below are some links to get you started.

If you have other questions about the poster session, please contact