Poster sessions offer researchers opportunities to highlight their work. Almost all major scientific meetings have poster sessions, with posters formatted and printed in a standard way. This page provides information and resources.
Research Poster Templates
Poster templates in multiple styles is available especially for Natural Sciences students and researchers. Use these templates for polished presentations to display your work.
There are two sizes to choose from, each available in PPT and each containing eight different styles, with four layout options per style:
Slides 1-5 include instructions on how to choose the best template for your project and edit it accordingly.
If you need to design scientific figures for your poster or write a layperson-friendly summary of your research, you may also want to consult the summary of resources on science communication.
Poster Printing for Undergraduate Researchers
For undergraduates, the Office of Experiential Learning has a poster printer that can be used in support of on-campus poster sessions (for degrees or departments) or for poster assignments in courses. Because this facility is not staffed as a full-service printing facility, course-based printing and on-campus event printing must be coordinated in advance. Requests must be submitted at least one week in advance of the event or due date. Requests may take up to five business days to process (from file submission to poster pick-up). Additionally, course-based posters are limited to a canvas size of 24 x 36 inches. Please email group or individual poster printing requests to: SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu
Additionally, undergraduates presenting in Undergraduate Studies' Longhorn Research Poster Session have options through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Group Printing Requests
The college’s poster printer can be used in support of on-campus poster sessions (for degrees or departments), or for poster assignments in courses. However, our facility is not staffed as a full-service printing facility, and course-based printing and on-campus event printing must be coordinated with our office in advance. Requests must be submitted at least one week in advance of the event or due date. Requests may take up to five business days to process (from file submission to poster pick-up). Additionally, course-based posters are limited to a canvas size of 24 x 36 inches.
Individual Printing Requests
Printing can be done Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm. During the Fall and Spring academic semesters, we require a 48-hour turnaround time for all individual poster printing requests. In the Summer, we require a 72-hour turn around time to accomodate for our reduced staff.
Please email group or individual poster printing requests to: SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu
Printing Fees for Undergrads
Our main focus is to provide printing services for CNS undergraduate students. Currently, there is a fee of $25 for any College of Natural Sciences student inquiring poster printing with us. At this time, we regret that we are no longer able to provide printing for non-undergraduate CNS students, faculty or persons outside of the college.
Poster printing requests from current FRI students and students participating in our annual Undergraduate Research Forum will be printed free of charge. Please provide us with the stream name you are associated with and the event you are attending when requesting this service. If your event has historically received a reduced or free printing rate, you may inquire on a case by case basis for future printing at SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu
Max size: 42" wide x 60" long. There is an additional $10 per foot over 60 inches in length. Completed posters should be sent to SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu. Please also include a copy of your payment receipt in the email to confirm payment. When emailing your poster, please entitle your document "last name_first name".
Posters can be designed in Powerpoint:
- In Page Setup, set the size you would like your poster to be. For example, 42" x 60" or 36" x 54." Typical font size for the poster title at this scale would be around 90, with poster text around 24.
- Please do not use dark backgrounds for your posters. These require too much ink and delays the printing process.
Accepted file formats are PowerPoint (PPT) and PDF. Poster printing is done on PCs, and Mac compatibility may be a challenge.For additional questions, please contact us at or call 512-232-9358.
Poster Printing for Anyone
UT Libraries offer poster printing for all of the UT community.
The Biodiversity Center provides professional printing services for research posters as well as design consultation services for reasonable hourly rates.
UT’s Document Solutions offers poster printing for researchers.
Several departments and centers in CNS have their own poster printers. Check with your department to learn more.Note that nearly all research poster-printing services require advanced notice of a few days and are for-fee services.
Poster Stand Rentals (CNS only)
The Office of Experiential Learning owns 55 complete poster stands (110 pieces of each component) that can be reserved by College of Natural Sciences units.
** We are not able to offer reservations of poster stands to members of the University community outside of the college. UT Facilities Services owns a set of poster stands and may be contacted regarding availability.
If you are representing a CNS unit, you can submit the poster stand reservation form to SEOambassadors@austin.utexas.edu. The reservation period must include sufficient time to pick up and return the poster stand components from the storage room at NMS, Loading Dock.
(Note: A representative from our office will meet at the NMS loading dock for you to pick up/return the poster stands. We ask that you be sure to arrive at the NMS loading dock at the requested time(s) reflected on your reservation form, as our staff is not housed in NMS. If you need to reschedule, please provide us with at least 24-hours notice.)
The contact person listed on the reservation is responsible for the pick-up and return of the stands. Carts for transporting poster stand components are available if you are renting 30 or more stands. When renting fewer than 30 stands please come with a cart to transport the stands to your event location. We also suggest bringing 1-2 individuals with you to assist with transporting the stands. UT Facilities Services can be hired to move the poster components as well. Posters are typically attached with large size binder clips that you provide.
You are responsible for arranging the transportation and scheduling the pick-up and return CNS Poster stands between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. A $50/day fee will be assessed to unexplained late returns.
About the Poster Stands
The poster stands are metal frames with no backing and are approximately 80" tall and 72" wide. One poster stand is made up of two upright poles, two horizontal bars, and two bases (the bases do not have wheels). The horizontal supports for the posters can be placed 36" apart or 42" apart. Poster sizes can vary in width but most commonly used are either 36" tall or 42" tall. The poster can be 72" wide.
Posters that are taller, say 48" can hang down below the bottom bar. To display smaller posters or pictures a larger piece of foam board can be clipped to the bars and the pictures attached to that.