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Creating a Poster

Poster Size

A common way to create a poster is using PowerPoint, which will be introduced here. However, if you are familiar with any other software and would like to use it, feel free to do so.

When making the poster, the first thing that you should always do is to make sure that you have the correct aspect ratio of your poster. You can do that by going to File > Page Setup, select 'Custom' in the 'Slides sized for' option, and put down the actual height and width of your poster.

Keep in mind that this should always be the first step. Do not size your poster after you are already done with the content because that will mess up the format of your poster.

You can also ask your research mentor whether he/she has a template that he/she would like you to use, since some research groups have their preferred way of presenting results.

Poster Printing at Emory

Students can print posters at the Media Lab at the library or work with Emory Document Services. See their websites linked below for more information about how to print your poster.

Media Lab

Emory Document Services

Emory Student Center is no longer offering poster printing services at the Welcome Desk.

Undergraduate Research Logos

If you have received funding for your project from Undergraduate Research Programs, you must acknowledge the contribution by including our logo on your poster.

Horizontal Logo
horizontal logo
Square Logo
square logo
Vertical Logo
vertical logo

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Pick a color scheme and use it consistently for your poster.

  • Obtain permission from your mentor before you print your poster. They may want to check that the research is accurately represented or that sensitive information is not displayed.

  • If your poster has multiple authors, make sure you know the correct order to list the authors and get final approval from all co-authors before you print it out. Different disciplines and even individual labs have their own standards for ordering authors, so don’t assume that you know the correct order.

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