Instructions for NASP Convention Poster Presenters

Poster presenters should be prepared to post their materials no later than twenty minutes before the session is to start. Push pins will be provided to mount your display.

Please bring at least 50 copies of your presentation for distribution to interested attendees. Copies of your information and any illustrative materials must be prepared prior to arrival, because NASP will not have reproduction or graphic services onsite. Projection equipment and tape recorders are not allowed in the poster presentation room. It is important that your display is removed promptly at the end of your presentation to provide time for the individuals in the next poster session to set up.

Possible Poster Format

As you prepare to construct your poster, please consider the format found here as an option. Sometimes, as with traditional posters, the essence of one's work gets lost in a myriad of words, numbers, and/or charts and graphs taking up space on the poster. As you will see, an emerging poster format is revolutionizing this type of presentation. A single sentence that captures the essential finding of your research or the gist of your work is centered in large print in the middle of the poster, with a link or QR code below it that takes readers to a larger summary of the project. This style is making it easier for poster session attendees to get a sense of what the work is all about and also can lead to greater engagement between the author and participants. Again, this is but one poster format option you may want to consider. Students interested in trying this option may wish to consult with their program faculty as to the acceptability of this format.

Important tips for making your presentation a success:

  • The poster board surface area is 4' high and 8' wide. Prepare a label for the top indicating both the title of your presentation and the authors with lettering at least 1" high.
  • Remember that your display will be viewed from distances of 3' or more, so make sure that all lettering is at least 3/8" high and in a bold font wherever possible. It will be helpful to show (by number, letters, or arrows) a preferred sequence that might be followed in studying your presentation.
  • Post a copy of your abstract (75-words or less), in a large typeface. 
  • Charts, drawings and illustrations should be heavily drawn, not contain unnecessary details, and mounted on a stiff board. Avoid "arty" or ornate presentations. Block coloring is suggested to add emphasis and clarity and any captions should be kept brief.
  • Ideally, your display should be self-explanatory, so that you are free to supplement and address particular points raised by participants. Since poster sessions are intimate forums for informal discussion, try to limit the time spent on explaining your presentation. 
  • Do not write or paint on the poster boards. Instead, you may find it useful to have a tablet of sketch paper and suitable drawing materials on hand to illustrate important concepts. 

Diagram of Poster Layout for NASP Annual Convention

NASP Practice Model

slide showNASP is encouraging convention presenters to reference the NASP Practice Model in their presentations. We have developed a few resource slides (PPT) to get you started. 

Poster Presenter Instructions

Download and print this PDF of the poster presenter instructions for quick reference when preparing for the convention.

Accepted Proposals

View a list of all of the mini-skills, papers, practitioner conversations, posters, and symposia proposals that have been accepted for presentation at the NASP 2020 Annual Convention, February 18–21, 2020, in Baltimore, MD.

Equipment Order Form

Use this form to request A/V equipment for Mini Skills, Paper, and Symposium presentations at the NASP 2020 Annual Convention.