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Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Provides resources and links related to College of Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Provides detailed instructions on how to efficiently search in the CAT and various databases. Also provides links to relevant, scholarly websites.

Creating and Presenting a Poster

Check out these guides to help you create a poster and find professional images.

Creating a Poster

woman presents research poster to viewerResearch posters are a visual representation of your paper or project. They typically include both small blocks of text and images (photos, charts, graphs, etc.). A poster will quickly educate the viewers it attracts about your work, as well as serve as a visual aid when you present your work to your viewers ("As you see in this graph... ").



Image on flickr: CAFNR; Photo by Kyle Spradley, c2014 - Curators of the University of Missouri - licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


Where to Find Poster Images

Sure, you've heard of Google Images. But have you heard of the resources below? Just remember to properly attribute any images that appear on the poster, even your own!

oster presenter pointing out information to a conference attendee

European Biomass Conference &Exhibition, "_LMM8803" - licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Poster Templates

PowerPoint has a variety of built-in templates for posters. There is also a significant library of imagery in the Smart Art gallery in PowerPoint.

Poster templates may also be downloaded from the following sites, opened in Microsoft PowerPoint, and modified as needed by the student.

Beyond PowerPoint

  • Other software such as Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, or InDesign may be used.
  • Matted material can be presented in poster format.

Preparation Tips

Printing the Poster

  • Determine the maximum dimension of the printing available to you.

  • You can print your poster in strips if the printer is not large enough in one dimension.

  • Different weights and types (glossy, etc.) of paper may be available.

  • Posters can be printed on vinyl and cloth for durability and ease of transport but these are generally more costly.

  • Remember to leave adequate time to have the poster printed.

Digital Posters

A digital poster allows for more interactivity by the viewer. Some versions are simply slideshows that may or may not include audio.

  • Determine the number of images allowed.
  • Find out the size of the viewing device and whether it will be provided.
  • Find out the system requirements (software, hardware, etc.)
  • Inquire about the location of power outlets and any security for the hardware.