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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.

Resources for using images

  • Find images on the web, but be concerned with copyright. Check out this guide on legally using online images.
  • Legally use photos in four ways: 1) find photos that are licensed as Creative Commons, 2) ask permission from the photographer, 3) buy photos from a stock photo site (e.g., or 4) take your own photos.
  • Remember to cite or attribute images!  Follow these instructions for citing Creative Commons images.  While works in the public domain technically do not need to be cited, doing so will help the audience find the original work.  Visit our Citation Styles Guide for help citing images.
  • Look for larger image sizes, and do not increase the photo from the original size. Enlarging small photos will make them blurry.
  • Do not use an image as background (the text will be hard to read).  Instead, use a background color and boxes to set off text and images.
  • If attending a conference outside the university, remember to identify yourself as an affiliate of the University of Tennessee. Visit UT's branding page for information on our color palette and styles.

University of Tennessee logos

Right click on the image below and copy and paste this onto the poster to demonstrate University of Tennessee affiliation. Follow rules and guidelines for using the logo.

University of Tennessee Logo


The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture logo can be downloaded through the UTIA Marketing Office 365 Sharepoint, along with logos for Herbert College of Agriculture, UT Extension, AgResearch, and UT Gardens. 

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture logo

Veterinary medicine students, faculty, and staff: email Deb Haines for protocols and templates specific to the college.