Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of Maryland

Creating a Research Poster

Adapted from the University of Nevada (Reno) Libraries Poster Resources and Design Tips

A Good Poster Will

  • Summarize your work
  • Convey a message visually
  • Be readable from about 4 feet away
  • Be clearly organized

Poster Design Tips

  • Use large text (your text should be at least 18-24 pt.)
  • Do not use more than 2-3 font styles total
  • Use fonts that are easy to read
  • Avoid too much text (no more than 800 words max)
  • Organize your content with columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text
  • Choose a title that illustrates what your poster is about. Your title should be at least twice the size of your regular text.
  • Choose colors carefully and pay attention to contrast. If in doubt, dark print on light background is best.
  • Selectively incorporate charts, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that support the theme of your poster
  • Avoid fuzzy images; make sure all graphics are high-resolution and easily visible
  • Include your name and the UMD logo
  • Edit your poster carefully before the final print-out

Resources

Templates

Examples of Posters

Poster Preparation Resources and Articles

Poster Preparation Online Tutorials, Workshop Slides, and Web Conferences

  • Designing a Poster, online tutorial, University of Leicester (UK) (20-minute free online tutorial which takes you step-by-step through the process of poster design)
  • InDesign CS5.5: Creating Poster Sessions, Mississippi State University Library (Step-by-step webcast on creating a poster in Adobe InDesign. InDesign is a popular design software)

Check your Poster

Print your Poster

  • The Engineering Copy Center on campus prints posters (cost around $40) and has a 24-hour turnaround time.
  • There are two posters printer on the 2nd floor of McKeldin Library in the Learning Commons. One of the printers can print out posters of the 36 x 48 inch dimensions that are required for Undergraduate Research Day (cost around $40).
Maryland Center for Undergrauate Research at the Uniersity of Maryland

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
Phone: 301-314-6786  |  Email: ugresearch@umd.edu
1201 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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