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Research Posters

Poster sessions in classes and at conferences are a way to visually convey research. This guide offers the basics in design, content, and printing resources.

Using PowerPoint

There are three choices when creating a research poster:
  1. Use one of the University of Tennessee Research Poster templates.
  2. Contact your department for discipline-specific templates.
  3. Create your poster from scratch by using PowerPoint or a similar design program. 

IMPORTANT: Change the size of your slide before working on the poster. This will ensure that images and text do not blur.  24" by 36" and 36" by 48" are the most common sizes, but follow instructor/conference guidelines.


Resize the slide using PowerPoint 2016:

WINDOWS INSTRUCTIONS: Design tab >> Slide size >> Custom slide size >> Specify width and height >> Choose "Maximize."

MAC INSTRUCTIONS: Design tab >> Slide size >> Page setup >> Specify width and height.

PowerPoint in Windows Screenshot

Resize a slide in PPT

PowerPoint in Mac Screenshot

Slide size in PPT Mac