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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.

Printing at UT Libraries checklist


Design a poster using a UT research poster template, EUReCA template, or your own PowerPoint slide.  You can also contact your department for poster templates with your specific logo or geared toward your discipline.  Choose the poster size and correctly resize the slide BEFORE designing.  Some common poster sizes are 24" by 36" and 36" by 48".  Our large format printers can accommodate up to 42" in width and a 1/4" bleed, and we use a large format cutter for specific margins.

Leave time to proofread, and make sure you check your conference's requirements. Have someone read the poster to double check spelling and grammar. Are images labeled and readable? Print the poster on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet to make sure everything is proportional.  Check that your poster meets your conference's specifications.

Save the PowerPoint file as a PDF: File >> Save as >> Save as type >> PDF.  Double check the PDF file to make sure it is the correct dimensions: File >> Properties >> Page size.

Decide on the type of paper: plain (least expensive), coated, or glossy (most expensive).  See our pricing sheet to compare the cost.

Submit a poster printing request online for pickup at The Studio at Hodges Library or Pendergrass Library (login with your UT email)Please submit at least 48 hours before your poster is needed.  

The library will send an email when the poster is ready to pick up.  Requests require 48 hours' notice and will be processed in the order received.  Color and glossy posters 36" and larger will need at least one hour to print, dry, and trim.  Staff will be available to address printing requests during normal library hours.

Come to the library to pick up the poster!  The Studio is located in Hodges Library Commons South.  Pendergrass Library is located on the Agriculture Campus across from the Neyland Express bus stop (map and directions).  If paying via credit/debit card, VolCard, or check, the charge will be added to your library accountNote: we do not accept cash. If paying via a departmental account, simply provide the account number and a signature. 

Need materials to travel or display the poster?  Borrow a poster tube (protects the poster during travel or poor weather). You can borrow poster tubes from Pendergrass Library. Off campus, we recommend display easels from Jerry's Artarama: located on 5220 Homberg Drive, (865) 855-0738.

Large file size? No problem!


If your PDF is too large for the submission form at the Studio (Hodges Location) or Pendergrass, we recommend that you utilize the Adobe PDF compressor linked below.

After compressing your file, try uploading the file to the submission form again. Files too large can be sent via Google Drive, Vault, or One Drive.

Contact Information:

Available services for sending large PDFs

Alternative printing options