2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting Poster Guidelines

Poster registration is open: REGISTER

See Poster Hall Assignments if you already registered.

All PI meeting registrants are encouraged to present a poster with information about their project. Only 1 person per project (i.e., projects that are invited to send a PI or representative to the PI meeting) should register a poster.


As mentioned above, each project is limited to one poster. Posters should be no larger than 4' wide x 3' high in order to fit on the tri-fold poster board that we will provide. The middle panel of the tri-fold poster board measures 24" wide and the two side panels measure 12" wide each. CADRE will provide binder clips and push pins for attaching posters to boards, but please bring any other materials you may need.  Electrical outlets will not be available.


Keep in mind that your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate to viewers your research. The key to crafting a good poster is to focus as narrowly as possible on the central ideas you need to convey. You won't have room to explain relationships among ideas in any detail, so pick out what's central to your topic and concentrate on that narrow focus. Present the data and findings uncovered in your project, as well as the broader impact of your research. See poster examples from the 2016 DR K-12 PI Meeting.

Suggested content:

  • Project title.
  • Principal investigator's name and contact information.
  • Brief summary of the project, including:

-What is the context of the work?

-What claims, questions, or hypotheses are examined in the work?

-What are your research design, data collection and analysis methods, and evaluation plan?

-What are your evidence-based results? What are your products?

-What are the implications of your findings?

-How is the project making an impact?

You will have table space in front of your poster on which you may place informational materials about your work, including hard copies of your project description and/or products.

Note that CADRE will not be providing hard copies of your project description since this information is on our website (cadrek12.org). If you have updates to your online project description, email cadre@edc.org and we can make those updates for you. If you want to ensure that meeting participants have a hard copy of your project description, please plan to bring your own. 

Formatting and Layout Tips

  • Provide a title and your name in large text.
  • Remember that viewers will typically expect information to flow from left to right and from top to bottom. If you want to use a different flow, be sure to give explicit signals on your poster.
  • Use headings and subheadings to label your information. Keep these short and to the point since they function as an index.
  • Use the same size margins on both graphics and text.
  • Don't use glossy paper because reflections will make your content more difficult to read.
  • Posters should be readable from a distance of 5 feet. Generally, the smallest readable type font at this distance is 20-25 point. While a number of fonts can be used, the following are readable from a distance of 2' to 4': Arial and Bookman 20 point and Times New Roman 24 point. 
  • More tips are available here.
  • The following website offers directions and tips for creating professional posters in PowerPoint: http://faculty.washington.edu/robinet/poster.html 


Posters may be mailed to the hotel at your own expense. Shipping information is listed on the logistics page

Virtual Poster Hall

Projects are expected to submit their poster to be posted on the CADRE website. To submit your poster, simply send the file (PPT, png or jpeg) to CADRE@edc.org and we will post it on your project page as well as on the 2018 DR K-12 PI Meeting Virtual Poster Hall.