Poster Guidelines

A good poster will:

  • Summarize your work
  • Be readable from 4 feet away
  • Convey a message visually
  • Be clearly organized

Poster Templates

We have created two sample templates using Microsoft Power Point to get started.  It is important to use these templates because they are formatted to print at the correct size and resolution. However, note that the title fonts are only guidelines. Be creative!

Required elements are:

  • Size must be 36″ x 48″ OR  48″ x 36″
  • The Penn State Wilkes-Barre logo somewhere on the slide
  • A title
  • Name of faculty sponsor
  • Name(s) of presenter/team

Submitting Your Poster

  • The final deadline to submit a completed poster is Friday, April 17, 5:00pm
  • Save your final poster in Adobe PDF format
  • Please download the presentation instructions for recording your oral presentation
  • Please use the Final Poster Submission Form to send your poster

Poster Design Tips

(Adapted from the University of Maryland’s Undergraduate Research Day website)

  • Posters should be 36″ x 48″
  • Use large text (your text should be at least 40 pt.)
  • Do not use more than 2-3 font styles total
  • Use fonts that are easy to read
  • Avoid too much text (no more than 600 words max)
  • Organize your content with columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text
  • Choose a title that illustrates what your poster is about. Your title should be at least twice the size of your regular text.
  • Choose colors carefully and pay attention to contrast. If in doubt, dark print on light background is best.
  • Selectively incorporate charts, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that support the theme of your poster
  • Avoid fuzzy images; make sure all graphics are high-resolution and easily visible
  • Include your name on your poster and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre logo
  • Edit your poster carefully before the final print-out

Poster Resources

Finding Graphics

ARTstor is a database of digital images of works of art and of artifacts of visual culture, intended to support teaching, research and learning in visual culture and related fields. The database contains hundreds of thousands of good-quality images and is growing rapidly.

Associated Press News Images (Penn State only)
The Photo Archive’s historical collection features images from current events to significant news and features events of the 20th and 21st century. The earliest photograph available is a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1844.

British Library (on Flickr)
Over 1 million free-to-use images from the British Library collections. Arranged by theme: such as book covers, cycling, illustrated lettering, comic art, ships or children’s book illustration.

Creative Commons Search
Type your search terms in the box on the upper right, then click on the media library you want to search in. Try Google Images, Flickr, and Open Clip Art Library.

Digital Public Library of America
An all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

A website that allows users to upload photographs and describe and tag them so that others can view and use them. Pay attention to the rights statements attached to each photograph before you use them.

Google Image Search
An excellent source for locating images, both modern and historic from a vast array of websites.

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

An international community for sharing quality public domain images.

Free high-resolution images, arranged in thematic, curated collections.

Wikimedia Commons
Contains images, often from museums and libraries. Consult the licensing information to learn about the use permissions of images.

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