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Current Student Resources: Posters

Engineering Poster Policy and Guidelines

There are times when engineering students are required to make a poster. Some examples are a Senior Design Team poster, International Internship or Summer Internship, Summer Research, or conferences.

It is expected that all posters representing work done in association with the Calvin Engineering department would be of excellent quality and professional in appearance. Below are the guidelines for students to follow when creating a poster.

  1. All posters shall be 32” high and 40” wide (landscape) so they will fit in the poster display track system used by the engineering department.  Note that the display tracks cover portions of the poster, so you should leave a margin around the edges.
  2. All posters shall be generated electronically.  Students may use PowerPoint or a graphics software program (Fireworks, PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator,…) to create the poster.
  3. The poster must include your name(s) and Engineering concentration(s). For example; John Doe, Electrical & Computer Concentration. The word concentration MUST appear on the poster.
  4. Often posters have rather formal sections, i.e., Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Goal, Objective.  It is possible that not all of these categories will apply to your particular poster.  Remember, you need to communicate as if you were talking to a general audience.
  5. Some templates are available at on the Instruction Graphics Dept. Website or see:
    1. NSF poster sample .ppt file
    2. CEAP poster sample .ppt file
  6. Students creating a poster for Internship Credit (Engr. 185, 285 or 385) are encouraged to work with their internship supervisor before the end of the summer. Employers should review how their company is represented . If you include their company logo somewhere on the poster they may allow you to print the poster at work.  Please be sure to ask first.
  7. All posters should have some pictures of the project or work done. If you are on an internship and have permission from your employer to take pictures be sure to take pictures to include on the poster. Examples include the job site, you with co-workers, you in a lab, a client now using your product or graphs and charts of data collected.
  8. All posters that are presented off-campus at conferences, seminars etc. must include some acknowledgement of Calvin College. The most common is by using one of the Calvin logos. See http://www.calvin.edu/admin/publishing/nameplat.html for several samples. Note that these logos are bitmap formats and should not be scaled too much (otherwise you will get a pixilated image).  Contact the Engineering Department Office or work with a faculty member to arrange for printing a conference poster.
  9. All posters (EXCEPT Senior Design Posters) should be printed only. Do not mount them to anything unless you have consulted with the Engr. Department Office. Spray adhesives are prohibited in the Engineering and in the Science Building. Senior Design students will be given specific and detailed instructions for posters relating to the Senior Design Project night. Likewise students participating in the Internship Poster Session will be given specific instructions related to the Internship Poster Session.
  10. Generally there are three ways to plot your poster:
    1. Plot internally directly to the engineering department plotters
      • If you plot your poster to an engineering department plotter then you will also need to “plot” to a PDF file to submit an electronic copy to the department.
      • Note that your plot account will be charged for all plots made, even if they do not turn out.
    2. Plot on campus to Instructional graphics
      • Plot your poster to a PDF file and either email it or deliver it on a CD or USB drive
    3. Plot off-campus.
      • Plot your poster to a PDF file and work either with your professor or Engineering Department office to plot off-campus.
  11. In order to allow the department to re-plot posters if needed, students shall submit an electronic copy of their poster in a PDF format to engineering@calvin.edu

If you wish to print a poster yourself to one of the Engineering plotters you will be charged $0.35 per square foot for color prints to your printing account.  The estimated charge will be $3.00 to $3.50  Be careful before printing. Your account will be charged for every plot you make even if they don’t turn out.  We suggest that you plot check on 11x17.

If you wish to have the Instructional Graphic Department print your poster, prepare it as a single Power Point slide (a poster that contains many individual Power Point slides looks choppy and is often unappealing).