Research posters represent a common method for presenting scholarly and creative work at academic conferences and symposia. Research posters combine visual and textual content, such as tables, graphs, images, and citations, to convey information succinctly and engagingly with participants. Poster presenters typically stand adjacent to their poster display, which may incorporate physical objects or multimedia, and deliver short oral presentations to foster discussion with participants and respond to specific questions. The Undergraduate Symposium poster session is scheduled for two hours and poster presenters should be prepared to repeat their short presentation several times as participants cycle through the venue.
Poster presenters often find that the questions they receive from participants combined with the subsequent conversations generate valuable feedback on their work and illuminate new ideas, areas of inquiry, or collaborations. Most posters adhere to a narrative format arranged by sections that support a conversational interaction with participants.
The Undergraduate Symposium organizers and NEXUS Student Group have developed the following resources to guide students through the multi-step process of poster design, printing, rehearsing, and presenting.
How to Create a Poster Infographic [Click to download PDF]
University of Oregon Logos & Signatures
University of Oregon horizontal and stacked signatures and secondary signatures for all academic colleges are available upon request for incorporation into research posters. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poster Printing Guidelines
The Undergraduate Symposium will pay for the cost of printing one 42"x36" Matte Finish Heavyweight Coated Poster at the Architecture & Allied Arts (AAA) Output Room located at 280 Lawrence Hall.
- 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday
- 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday
- 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Saturday–Sunday
- Students must show their UO ID Card
- Please note that posters will be installed on fabric-faced partitions and will NOT need to have backer-board attached. Poster panel clips will be provided.
Large-format printing hints and tips:
How to format posters in PowerPoint:
Additional Printing Guidelines:
- Print jobs may be submitted electronically or in person via flash drive or disc.
- Students may preview their submission to ensure correct formatting.
- Print orders processed by the AAA Output Room are first come, first served, and students are strongly encouraged to submit order at least 24 hours in advance of deadlines.
Poster Installation Guidelines
Poster presenters will receive confirmation of their poster assignment three to four weeks prior to the symposium, including their "poster location number" and map indicating their location in the Global Scholars Hall Great Room (123) or GSH main corridor.
Poster presenters will check-in at the symposium registration table located in the Global Scholars Hall lobby before proceeding to their poster location.
All posters must be installed prior to 1:00 p.m. Symposium staff will ensure all posters and accompanying materials are secured and monitored after preinstallation.
Unless special accommodations have been requested in advance, all posters will be installed on fabric-faced partitions and organizers will provide panel clips for attaching posters.
Poster location number placards will be installed above each poster and plotted in the venue map appearing in the program book.
Poster presenters who have pre-arranged special accommodations (e.g. tabletop for props, electrical power, additional partition space, easels, multimedia) will receive assistance from the symposium staff for setup.
All poster presenters will remain at their posters between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to present their poster to attendees and answer questions.