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Research Posters

Poster sessions at conferences and professional meetings are a way to visually convey the details of your research or conclusions. This guide will offer you the basics in design, content and printing resources.


  1. Student presenters are responsible for printing and bringing their posters to the Symposium at the time they are scheduled to present. You will not be giving these to OUR in advance. Because local print shops will be busy around this time of the year, we encourage you to have your poster submitted for printing no later than a week before the Symposium.
  2. Remember to size your poster correctly for your event. e.g., Undergraduate Research Symposium is 48 inches by 36 inches. Double-check the size of your slide using our instructions
  3. If you created your own template, make sure you resize the PPT slide BEFORE adding any text or images. This will prevent pixelation when the poster is printed.
  4. Save your file as a PDF before sending it to be printed.
  5. Posters will be hung on movable partitions, so *do not choose the foam core board option* when sending to the printer. Also, *do not laminate your poster or have it printed on poster board*.
  6. Print a copy of your poster on an 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of paper to make sure everything is proportional and correct.
  7. Have someone read over your poster to double-check all spelling and grammar. Once your poster is printed in a large size, mistakes will be very noticeable.
  8. Make sure your visualizations are labeled correctly and add value to your poster. 
  9. Almost always, a poster tube will cost extra and you will only need this if you are traveling.
  10. Consider printing your poster on fabric, especially if you are traveling. You won't have to worry about carrying a poster tube and it should be approximately the same price. You'll need to use Illini Union Document Services or FedEx for this option.