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PAI 3.04 
(512) 232-9358

Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science
College of Natural Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
103 W. 24th St., G2550
Austin, TX 78712

Lynda Gonzales
Director for Student Programs


A poster session is a student researcher's time to shine. Almost all major scientific meetings have "poster sessions," and posters are formatted in a standard way.

Research Poster Templates
A series of new poster templates in multiple styles is available especially for Natural Sciences students and researchers. Use these templates for polished presentations to display your work. 

Group Printing Requests
The TIDES 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.

Please email group or individual poster printing requests to: tides@cns.utexas.edu

Individual Printing Requests
Printing can be done Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm. We require a 48-hour turn around time for all individual poster printing requests. 

Please email group or individual poster printing requests to: tides@cns.utexas.edu

Printing Fees
Poster printing is provided to any College of Natural Sciences undergraduate student for a fee of $25.  A fee of $50 applies to non-undergraduate CNS students or faculty and persons outside the college who would like to print a poster using our facilities. 

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 tides@cns.utexas.edu.

Payments can be made at the TIDES TXShop store HERE.

Once payment has been made please follow the below instructions.

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 tides@cns.utexas.edu. Please also include a copy of your payment receipt in the email to confirm payment. When emailing your poster to us please entitle your document "last name_first name". 

Posters can be designed in Powerpoint:

  1.   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.
  2.   Please do not use dark backgrounds for your posters.  These require too much ink and delays the printing process.

File formats we accept are Powerpoint and PDF. Note that all poster printing is done through a PC. At times there can be MAC/PC compatibility issues.

For additional questions, please contact our office at tides@cns.utexas.edu or call 512-232-9358.

Office Closings 
We will not be available to print posters during the following University holidays...

* Labor Day: 9/3/18
* Thanksgiving Day: 11/22/18
* Day after Thanksgiving: 11/23/18
* Winter Break: 12/24/18 - 1/1/19
* Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 1/21/19
* Memorial Day: 5/27/19
* Independence Day: 7/4/19