Research posters represent a common method for presenting scholarly at academic conferences and symposia. They often combine visual and textual content, such as tables, graphs, images, and citations, to convey information succinctly and engagingly with participants. Clark Honors College, Institute of Neuroscience, and UO Libraries are sponsoring the printing of posters for the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Each poster presenter is funded to print their poster through the College of Design Output Room.
Symposium Poster Size
The poster print size for the symposium is 42” x 36” landscape or 36” x 42” portrait orientation. There can be no exception for a different size because it will not fit the poster stand or the printer paper roll.
Attend a Symposium Preparation Workshop
ASURE (Affiliated Students of Undergraduate Research and Engagement) and the Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) will hold a joint workshop on "Creating and Preparing to Present Your Research Poster" on April 11, 2023 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Knight Library Room #106. RSVP for this event, so we know to expect you!
Creating Your Poster
You may use PowerPoint (to create a single slide), InDesign, Canva, Adobe Illustrator or any other platform to create your poster, as long as it adheres to the sizing requirement and can be saved in the file format (PDF/X) that is required for printing.
- A poster development and presentation tutorials can be found on the Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube channel.
- Poster templates can be downloaded by clicking Access the Templates button below
- Template 1: Across the top should be the title of your project, your name, your mentor's name and your program or department logo. Place an introduction, your research question, and information about your methods to the left in separate boxes. In the center column, place your results. On the right, include spaces for your conclusions, references, and acknowledgements.
- Template 2: Across the top, place your title, your name, department, and mentors. To the left, place your introduction, key findings and methods. In the center, place graphic elements showing your analysis and results. On the right, place graphic elements showing your conclusions, and include acknowledgments and references.
Printing Your Poster
Participants should upload their poster to the College of Design Output Room for printing (standard print service, matte finish). The Output Room team will be provided with the names of all poster presenters ahead of time, so they will expect your submission. There are very specific instructions to upload your poster, so please refer to the Submitting Jobs for Print section on the College of Design Technology Services website for step-by-step instructions.
Presenters should submit their poster for printing no later than one week (7 days) prior to the symposium event date to ensure the timely printing of their poster. The Output Room team also requires for poster presenters to physically go to the Output Room facility to "release" their poster for print (after the upload process), so please ensure your schedule for this so the printing occurs in time. Click here for Output Room hours of operation.
Recording a Poster Presentation VoiceOver (YouTube Symposium Channel and Virtual Presentations)
For those who would like to upload their work to the YouTube Symposium channel, as well as to add to their digital portfolio or participating virtually. The recording should not be more than 10 minutes total and should only summarize the highlights of your project.
- Once you complete your poster design, visit Microsoft’s “Turn your presentation into a video” for instructions on how to record a voiceover on PowerPoint.
- You can also record a voiceover via Zoom.
- The recording cannot be more than 100MB in size in order to upload.
Maximize Your Narration
Here are general recommendations to keep in mind for recording your presentation (whether you appear in the video, or not):
- Speak slowly and clearly.
- Avoid use of technical terms, known only in your field. You are appealing and engaging a wide audience. Address a general audience who may not be familiar with your academic subject area.
- Practice and time your presentation before recording, to polish your timing and speaking delivery.
- Use notes if you find helpful, but keep the delivery ‘natural.'
- If you plan to appear in the video, which is optional, forgo reading directly from a script and look directly into the camera, as if you are presenting to a “live” audience.
- Keep your background poster or slide (s) simple, avoid dense text, and incorporate figures and images from research work.
- Within PowerPoint, there is a convenient timer feature that will show on the screen (but not in the recording itself) once you select “record,” so that you can keep time.
- Save your poster file in MP4 format ONLY
- Do not save as .ppsx, .wmv or any other format that may not be compatible for uploading
- Entitle the file in the following naming convention, so your work can be matched to you – LastName_FirstName URS2023
Submission to YouTube and UO Scholars’ Bank Archive
All poster presenters will have the opportunity to digitally archive their work via the Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube channel and UO Scholars’ Bank.
The symposium YouTube channel hosts an expansive collection of symposium presentations. The opportunity to upload a recording of your presentation to the YouTube channel is open to all poster presenters. This is a valuable opportunity to continue to strengthen and build on your academic/professional digital portfolio and archive your work. As part of the presentation confirmation process, presenters will be provided the option to upload and showcase their work.
Examples of Poster Presentations
Visualizations of the IP Address Space with Hilbert Curves to Expose Multifractal Patterns
Breathing Based Meditation to Decrease Stress and Improve Symptoms in Individuals with COPD