Making a Research Poster

Poster presentations are typically displayed in a 4 x 4 foot area (on a 4 x 8 foot poster board) so your poster can be in any format that will fit in your assigned area. A standard poster size that can easily print on most large format printers is 3ft x 4ft.

You may tile 8.5 x 11″ sheets or print on a large format printer.

The ALERT posters should have the title and contributors in the largest font possible, the ALERT logo and the following language:

“This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Award Number 2008-ST-061-ED0001. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

Topics Each Poster Presentation Should Cover:

  1. Brief Abstract of the Research Project
  2. State of the Art – How does your work advance the State of the Art in any or all of the thrust areas, and/or system application areas?
  3. Challenges and Significance
  4. Technical Approach
  5. Accomplishments up through Current Year
  6. Opportunities for Technology Transfer – What are the next steps for development and/or testing to prove concepts or demonstrate results? Use this section of your poster to highlight the quality of your research and to explain its relevance to current technology. If you can, demonstrate a pathway from your research to a viable commercial opportunity.
  7. The ALERT Three Level Diagram completed for your project – Circle or mark the appropriate C-level(s), F-level(s), T-level(s), R-level(s), TestBED(s), or S-Area(s) that your project will impact, if any.
  8. Publications acknowledging DHS support for ALERT Posters.
  9. Other References
  10. Contact Info


The ALERT offices on Northeastern’s campus has a poster printer for ALERT Related Work. There will be no charge for printing.

HOWEVER, to take advantage of this service, you must be available to print your poster during the week from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Kristin Hicks coordinates appointments for poster printing, so you must contact her at [email protected] to schedule a date and time to print your poster. Appointments will be scheduled on a First-Come, First-Served basis.