Poster Exhibitor Resources

This page provides information to help you prepare a poster for Showcase. This year’s poster exhibition will be all-virtual, so you will not need to print out your poster. We will display your poster on our Showcase website with contact information so participants can follow up with you to ask questions or learn more about your project. You may also choose to be one of our poster flash-talk presenters, in which case you will have the opportunity to provide a 2-minute overview of your project and poster to a live, online audience.

Let us know your plans to submit a poster for this year’s Showcase by completing the brief survey linked here. Poster submission information is due by Wednesday, March 17 (posters are due by March 29).

If you have questions, contact Deb Gurke.

Important Dates

When What
Wednesday, March 17 Last day to submit information about your poster for Showcase 2021
Monday, March 29 Due date for digital version of your poster
Email to: kathy.contezac@wisc.edu
Thursday, April 8
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Showcase 2021*
Live online
* The 2021 Administrative Improvement Award winners will be announced and recognized during the opening plenary of Showcase starting at 9 a.m. on April 8.

Resources for Creating Your Poster

Below are resources that can help you in creating your poster:

Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Poster

Showcase attracts people from all areas of campus, including:

  • Campus leaders and administrators
  • Academic staff
  • Classified staff
  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Campus community

Each Showcase features a variety of academic and administrative improvement projects. A poster should demonstrate the project’s significant impact on the unit and/or across campus and show how the approach can be applied in other units. In addition, the poster should highlight how the project achieved one or more of the following:

  • Engaged students, faculty, staff, and/or other constituents
  • Advanced campus strategic priorities
  • Saved time and/or resources
  • Improved climate
  • Developed new programs
  • Increased organizational effectiveness

The following are key components of a poster:

  • Visual display of the project, including flowchart(s) depicting current and revised processes, if applicable
  • Documentation of the impact the project had on your unit and/or the campus
  • A simple layout that uses a minimum amount of text to convey the message
  • Fonts that are easy to read
  • Graphics that enhance the message

The main thing to consider when creating your poster is what will best illustrate your project.

Choose a title for your poster that is short, attention-grabbing, and appealing; add a tagline that highlights the innovation and/or lesson learned. The tagline should be no more than 25 words. Click here to view the Showcase 2019 Program with the most recent titles and taglines used at Showcase.

Here are some examples of good titles and taglines from past years:

  • Title: “Embracing Customer Feedback to Improve Snow Clearing”
    Tagline: “Facing a blizzard of criticism, FP&M embraced the feedback as a catalyst to connect with customers, review processes and improve results”
  • Title:  “Twitter: 140 Characters of Engagement”
    Tagline: “Using Twitter to engage followers, drive traffic to online resources and collaborate with other campus partners”
  • Title: “Dial-up Art”
    Tagline: “A student-driven program that utilizes the ubiquitous cell phone to provide anytime self-guided audio tours of the Union’s art galleries”

Click the links below to view posters from the past several Showcase events.

Showcase 2019
Showcase 2018
Showcase 2017
Showcase 2016