Poster Presentations

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.

How to Create a Poster Infographic [Click to download PDF]

How to Design a Poster Infographic

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

Poster Printing Guidelines

The Undergraduate Symposium will pay for the cost of printing a single 42″ x 36″ Matte Finish Heavyweight Coated Poster at the College of Design Output Room located at 280 Lawrence Hall. The poster size can be printed in landscape (42" x 36") or portrait (36" x 42") orientation. Please note that there will be no exceptions allowed for a different size. Posters will be installed on fabric-faced partitions and will NOT need to have backer-board attached. Poster panel clips will be provided.

How to submit a large-format poster to the College of Design Output room electronically:

Please note that once you submit your poster electronically for printing in .pdf format, you must physically go to the College of Design Output Room to inform the operator that you are ready to have your poster printed. You will show your student ID and sign off on a spreadsheet at this time. The operator will tell you when your poster will be ready for pickup.
Please assign a title to your electronic poster file with the following format: "first name last name 2019 URS", to ensure it is easy to identify and retrieve.
Students may print posters between April 22 and May 14. Poster presenters are strongly encouraged toprepare the poster well in adavnce to allow ample time for printing--at least 48 hours turn-around time. 
College of Design Output Room Hours
  • 9:00 am–10:00 pm Monday–Thursday
  • 9:00 am–5:00 pm Friday
  • 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Large-format printing hints and tips

Additional Printing Guidelines:

  • Students may preview their submission to ensure correct formatting.
  • Print orders processed by the College of Design Output Room are first come, first served, and students are strongly encouraged to submit order at least 48 hours in advance of deadlines in order to avoid printing delays. 

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 the location for their poster in the EMU Ballroom.
  • All posters must be delivered to the EMU Ballroom Lobby the day prior to the Symposium on Wednesday, May 15 between 5:00pm and 7:00pm for installation by the Symposium staff.  Students must receive advanced approval for an alternate delivery time.  Pre-installation ensures all posters and accompanying materials are secured and monitored after installation and available for judging throughout the day on Thursday, May 16.
  • Poster presenters will check-in at the Symposium registration table located in the EMU Ballroom lobby before proceeding to their poster location on Thursday, May 16.
  • Unless special accommodations have been requested in advance, all posters will be installed on fabric-faced or wood partitions.
  • 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 have these resources installed by the Symposium staff.
  • All poster presenters will remain at their posters between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to present their poster to attendees and answer questions.