Poster Competition 2016

Sigma Xi poster session and competition will be held on April 18, 2016 (during Scholars Week) in the Curris Center Ballroom.

Poster Set-Up: From 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Poster Exhibition/Judging: From 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Poster Competition Coordinator - Dr. Maeve McCarthy (
Please contact Dr. McCarthy, if you have questions regarding the poster competition.

Sigma XI Poster Competition Registration:
Registration Deadline - April 1st, 2016.

Registration is now available via Murray State's Digital Commons.
Applicants will need to create a new account on Murray State's Digital Commons in order to register for this

  • First, you need to Sign up to create an account. Then, activate your account by following the link sent to the email used to create the account.
  • Now, Login using the e-mail address and password you created for the Murray State Digital Commons registration.
    Remember to select Sigma Xi in the "Affiliations" section of the registration form.

Poster Competition Guidelines:

Poster Size - Your poster should be no larger than 4'x4' (48"x48"). A 4’x4’ foam board. An easel will be provided for displaying your poster.

Tips for Preparing Posters:

  • Your poster should be easily read from 3 to 4 feet, a distance that requires a character height of at least 3/8 inch.
  • In addition, each figure should have a large heading (1/2" or 36 point) that clearly identifies the “point” of the figure.
  • Any detailed information concerning the figure can be provided in a legend and at a smaller (but still legible) font.
  • Remember, a casual viewer of your poster should be able to understand the poster without having to read the legend; the legend is strictly for those people who want to gain more detailed information about the figure.
  • Tables should follow the same general layout as figures.

The following websites also provide useful tips for poster preparation: