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UVM Student Research Conference

Your Poster

If you are a Graduate student, you are responsible for bringing your poster with you to your assigned session. (Limited financial support for poster printing may be available for graduate students. See note at bottom.)

If you are an Undergraduate student and you need a to have a poster printed, you must contact your sponsoring organization or faculty advisor. The SRC is no longer printing posters for students.

If you have any questions, please contact SRC Coordinator Andi Elledge at

Poster Instructions

  • Preferred Size: 24" x 36"; however, alternate sizes are acceptable
  • Include the UVM tower logo
  • If your research is the result of program or external funding sources, include the appropriate logo and adhere to their specifications for size and format
  • Save your final version in PDF format (this is generally necessary for printing)

NOTE: Colors and designs after printing may not be the same as on a computer monitor, so use care when choosing unusual colors and designs.


Below are some helpful tips for making and presenting your poster.

  • Posters are visual! Use color, size, and layout to provide direction and emphasis.
  • Be wary of background color: colors will appear darker on your poster than they do on your computer.
  • The best posters are self-explanatory. Use pictures and graphs to enhance your message.
  • For best viewing and reading, make fonts size 40 or larger.
  • Edit critically for spelling and for length. Fewer than 800 words is best.
  • To insert graphs from Excel, use copy/paste. To insert images, use File Insert.
  • Use high-quality images: when expanded to poster size they will lose some quality. Zoom in to 400% to get a sense of what your image will look like when printed.
  • People most often survey posters — interested people then read them. Have enough information for both kinds of viewers.
  • When talking about your poster, have ready a 1-sentence introduction and a 2-5 minute description of your poster.
Detailed Information and Samples


For more information, contact

NOTE: Limited financial support for poster printing may be available for graduate students who are not supported on grants. Such students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Student Senate at where individual cases will be reviewed for sponsorship.

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