Poster Presentations

Research posters represent a common method for presenting scholarly and creative work at academic conferences and symposia. They often combine visual and textual content, such as tables, graphs, images, and citations, to convey information succinctly and engagingly with participants.

Poster Sizing 

The poster print size for the symposium is 42” x 36” landscape or 36” x 42” portrait orientation. There can be no exception for a different size, because it will not fit on the poster stand.  

Creating Your Poster 

You may use PowerPoint (to create a single slide), InDesign, Canva, Adobe Illustrator or any other platform to create your poster, as long as it adheres to the sizing requirement and can be saved in the file format (PDF/X) that is required for printing. 

Please Note**** If you downloaded the poster templates on this website prior to May 16th, the size of your poster will be incorrect and you will not be able to print it at the Output Room. Please use these instructions to resize your poster accordingly.

Printing Your Poster 

Participants should upload their poster to the College of Design Output Room for printing (standard print service, matte finish). The Output Room team will be provided with the names of all poster presenters ahead of time, so will expect your submission. There are very specific instructions to upload your poster so please refer to the Submitting Jobs for Print page on the College of Design Technology Services site for step-by-step instructions.

Presenters should submit their poster for printing, no later than one week prior to the symposium date, to ensure the timely printing of their poster. 

The funding for posters being printed for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium is made possible by the Institute of Neuroscience and UO Libraries, and should be noted on all posters.

Submission to the Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube channel and UO Scholars’ Bank Archive 

All poster presenters will have the opportunity to digitally archive their work via the Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube channel, and UO Scholars’ Bank

The symposium YouTube channel hosts an expansive collection of symposium presentations. The opportunity to upload a recording of your presentation to the YouTube channel is open to all poster presenters. This is not only a wonderful way to continue to build your academic/professional digital portfolio, but a valuable opportunity to archive your work.  

As part of the presentation confirmation process, poster presenters will be provided with a form to upload their poster for the YouTube channel and for UO Scholars’ Bank. Follow the steps below to record and upload your poster presentation, so that it may be added to the Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube channel. 

Recording a Voiceover 

Once you complete your poster design, visit Microsoft’s “Turn your presentation into a video” for instructions on how to record a voice over on PowerPoint. 

  1. Within PowerPoint, there is a convenient timer feature that will show on the screen once you select "record", so that you can keep time. The recording should be no more than 10 minutes (maximum), summarizing the highlights of your research project. 

    • You can also record a voiceover via Zoom 

  2. Save Your Poster File in MP4 format (only) and another copy in PDF Format (PDF to upload to Scholars’ Bank). 

    • The MP4 size cannot be large than 100MB 

    • Do not save as .ppsx, .wmv or any other format that may not be compatible for upload. 

  3. Entitle both poster files with the "lastname firstname 2022urs" (only) of the primary form submitter/presenter, so that it can easily be matched. 


Maximize Your Narration

Here are general recommendations to keep in mind for recording your presentation (whether you appear in the video, or not):

  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Avoid use of technical terms, known only in your field. Address a general audience who may not be familiar with your academic subject area.
  • Practice and time your presentation before recording to polish your timing and speaking delivery.
  • Use notes if you find them helpful but keep the delivery 'natural.'
    • If you plan to appear in your video (optional), forgo reading directly from a script and look directly into the camera, as if you are presenting to a "live" audience.
    • Keep your poster simple, avoid dense text, and incorporate figures and images from your research.