Instructions for Regional Poster Presentations

2015 Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium


The poster presentation is a way for students to explain their research to a broad audience in a concise, visually appealing manner. To that end, the authors should confer with their advisers and other students to gauge the accessibility and clarity of their work.

During the symposium, students should be present, in professional attire, beside their posters during the allotted time to address questions, provide demonstrations (as needed) and speak with judges.


Posters must be no more than 36'' wide by 48'' high, including a 1 inch margin all around. Note that this means a portrait (vertical) orientation of the poster. Instructions to create posters in PowerPoint are given below.

In rare cases, participants may also generate a poster manually from sheets of standard paper (8 ½" by 11"). The student prints out each sheet (formatted in the fashion of a power point presentation) and then attaches this to a larger 11" by 14" sheet of blue poster board. These nine sheets are then assembled in a grid on the cork bulletin boards. The arrangement of sheets must fit within a 36'' wide by 48'' tall space.

Creating Posters in PowerPoint

  1. Open a new PowerPoint file
  2. Click on the Design tab
  3. Click on Page Setup
  4. Click on the "Slides sized for" box and select Custom
  5. In the Width box, set for 36 Inches (Portrait)
  6. In the Height box, set for 48 Inches (Portrait)
  7. Click OK
  8. Your PowerPoint slides will now be 36" x 48" Portrait

Printing posters

Refer to your home campus to find out what facilities are available for printing posters. Public stores such as Staples will print posters for a fee.


The materials required for the creation of posters may be provided by your local campus. On the day of the event, students will be assigned a space to display their poster in room 201 of the Health and Wellness Building at Penn State Schuylkill. Fasteners to hang the posters on the panels will be provided.


It is recognized that the standard format may not lend itself to projects from all academic disciplines. For this reason, students who need special equipment (such as a computer or AV equipment) will be accommodated to the best of our ability; it is up to the student to make us aware of this need as soon as possible. Please contact Dr. Michael Gallis, associate professor of physics, Penn State Schuylkill, at 570-385-6053 or [email protected].