Poster Presentations

When thinking about your presentation at the upcoming SfAA conference, don’t forget the poster option. The poster presentation makes use of graphics, like maps, photographs, and charts to describe your research project, leaving you available for more personal interaction and in-depth discussions with colleagues.


Benefits include:
Creative and innovative visual elements
More intimate, less formal interaction with audience
More opportunity to supplement main points and address particular points of interest
Money! Student and tourism-related posters will be judged and the top three get awards

Student Poster Competition

Award amounts are $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. Winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony.

May be graduate or undergraduate student(s)
Work may be done under faculty supervision, but the student must be the primary investigator
Faculty sponsors may not be listed on the poster as co-authors (students should perform the greatest amount of the research)

Judging Criteria
Poster content and appeal -- Does it stimulate interest and conversation? Use of pictures and color is an asset compared to a multi-page printout of a report.
Student presentation -- Explanation of the poster; knowledge regarding the work and related theory
Applied nature of the work -- Implications to society, creativity of thought and possible applications

Tourism Research Student Poster Competition

Award amounts are $500 for first prize and two honorable mentions of $250. 

Logistics of Poster Presentations

The Student Poster Session will be Thursday 3:00-5:20.
Set up time will be 1:00-2:00 and judges will be alone with the posters from 2:00-3:00. If your poster is not set up by 2:00 it will not be eligible for judging. 
SfAA will give each participant a number (for students) designating your poster display area.
SfAA will provide push pins and a display board 40 inches by 30 inches.
Posters should not exceed 40 inches by 30 inches.
Materials you may want to bring include:

  • Sketch paper and drawing materials to assist in explanations
  • Tape or line level
  • You may bring your own display board, but it must be 40 inches by 30 inches 


Ideas for poster components:

Title Sign

The title sign should be... 

  • Mounted at the top of the poster
  • Includes presenter(s) name(s)

Abstract (For poster only! Not for abstract submission for the conference)


Content should be clear and concise
Consist of 4-5 pages, double spaced, with 16-20 point text
Include brief statements with selective information in the following:

  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Arrows, Numbers or Letters as needed to indicate reading order

Clear Labels for each section of the presentation

Lettering that can be read from several feet away, i.e., bold font

Is your poster reader-friendly, clear and concise? Ask the following questions:

  • Am I drawn to this poster?
  • Can colleagues quickly examine the poster and understand major points?
  • Would an interested reader learn enough to ask informed questions?