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Guide to Creating Research Posters

Creating and presenting a scholarly poster is a common way for undergraduate researchers to share their work at conferences, symposiums, and other research-related events. Undergraduates can present independent research or, with approval from a faculty supervisor, work done as an assistant on a faculty member’s project.

How to Use This Guide

Creating your poster is a multiple-step process. It’s important to carefully consider each topic below.

  • Poster Samples and Templates
    Get ideas about how your final poster could look.
  • Create your message
    Assess → Develop Content → Organize → Design → Communicate
  • Review
    Evaluate your poster to identify areas of potential improvement.
  • Print
    Find places to print your poster and avoid last-minute problems.
  • Present
    Be prepared on presentation day.

This guide was created in collaboration with the College of Natural Sciences Office for Honors, Research, and International Study and the Undergraduate Writing Center.