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, such as maps, photographs, and charts to describe your research project, leaving you available for more personal interaction and in-depth discussions with colleagues.


Benefits include:
Use of creative and innovative visual elements enhances your research.
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 are judged, and the top three receive cash awards.

Student Poster Competition

Award amounts: $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? Graphics, including photos, graphs or charts, and maps, are important to conveying your research and findings effectively. Color is an asset. Your poster must have some text, of course, but dense text and small fonts do not work well in posters. 

Student presentation: Explanation of the research presented in the poster and related theory

Applied nature of the work: Implications for society, creativity of thought, and possible applications

Tourism Research Student Poster Competition

Award amounts: $500 for 1st place; $250 each for two honorable mentions. 

Logistics of Poster Presentations

The Student Poster Session will be Thursday 3:30-5:30.
Set up time will be 1:30-2:15 and judges will be alone with the posters from 2:15-3:30. If your poster is not set up by 2:15 it will not be eligible for judging. 

SfAA will give each participant a number (for students) designating your poster display area.

SfAA will provide binder clips/push pins and a display board 40 inches by 30 inches.

Posters must not exceed 40 inches by 30 inches! If it exceeds these parameters, it will be disqualified. You can orient your poster to either portrait or landscape.

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 no larger than 40 inches by 30 inches 


Ideas for poster components:

Title Sign

The title sign should... 

  • Be mounted at the top of the poster
  • Include presenter(s) name(s)

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


Content should be clear and concise
Consist of no more than 4 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 should be readable 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?