Poster Requirements and Guidelines

Please follow the guidelines below for poster formatting to ensure that you print your poster correctly and that it matches your expectations.

At the Showcase, we will provide thumbtacks or ticky-tack to hang your poster on a large wall; please do not attach it to a trifold or make it too heavy.

Poster Requirements

All research posters should have the following elements:

  • Presentation Title
  • Abstract or Introduction
  • Background or Overview
  • Materials of Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Citations
  • Honors College signature logo

Design Guidelines

Overall Design

We recommend that you keep the design and layout of the poster as simplistic as possible.
Here are some tips to make sure the design of the poster is easy to follow. Ask yourself these questions to determine if you need to make any design adjustments.

  • Focal point - Where does your eye go first when you view a poster?
  • Images/Graphics - Compare images on your poster. What purpose do the charts and graphs play/ What makes them more or less clear?
  • Information flow - What makes the flow easier or harder to follow?
  • White space - What do you notice about the amount of text and use of white space on various posters?
  • Ease of reading - At what point does it become hard to keep reading a poster?


All posters should be 3’ high x 4’ wide. We recommend that you use PowerPoint to create your poster. You will want to make the poster one slide (or one page), sized at 36”h x 48”w (you can do this in page layout under the “File” or “Design” menu).


Do not use non-standard fonts. The best way to avoid disappointment is to embed fonts in your file. 

  • In PowerPoint, click Save As in the File menu, and click “Tools” in the upper right hand corner of the toolbar of the box that opens. Then click Save Options, select the Embed TrueType Fonts check box, and then do one of the following: To embed only those characters used in the presentation, select Embed characters in use only (best for reducing file size). To embed all the characters in the font set, select Embed all characters (best for editing by others). Mac PowerPoint cannot embed fonts.
  • In Publisher, on the Tools menu, point to Commercial Printing Tools, and then click Fonts. In the Fonts dialog box, do one of the following: Set embedding options for all fonts in your publication. To embed the entire font, select Embed TrueType fonts when saving publication. Do not embed common system fonts. To embed only a subset (font subsetting: Embedding a limited number of characters specific to one font, reducing file size.) of the font, select Subset fonts when embedding. Set embedding options for individual fonts in your publication. Select the font. Click Embed or Don't Embed. 


Design to Web standards for maximum resolution, and minimum size. Use graphics that are saved in .gif, .jpeg, .eps, or .png format (this means exporting them if you’re using a special program to create them), and make sure that they do not exceed 300dpi. You should embed objects in your poster, too, just like you would fonts (you can check the help menu on the application you’re using for this). Color may not appear printed as on the screen.


Do not use busy, complicated backgrounds, as this will increase the size of your document and make it more difficult to print. When in PowerPoint and Publisher, you should make sure that you set the text box background color to transparent to avoid having the background print over your text.


There will be an approximately .5” white margin around your poster when it is printed. Make sure that in designing your poster, you do not exceed the margins and force the printer to cut off your text.


We ask that all students presenting at the Honors College Capstone Showcase please include an official Honors College logo on the poster (preferably in the top left corner). We strongly recommend to use the PowerPoint Poster Templates that you can download below.

Note: No additional signature logos can be used. All other schools/units names can be added under References & Acknowledgements area of the poster. 

Poster Printing Locations

To print your posters, please visit these New Brunswick campus locations:

  • Loree Building
  • Alison Road Classroom Building

Students can print posters 3' wide by any length. More detailed information on printing can be found on this site.

Research Poster Templates

We strongly recommend to use these PowerPoint Poster Templates when presenting a research poster at the Honors College Capstone Showcase.

Please add any additional schools/units names under References & Acknowledgements area of the poster. 

Research Poster Examples

Please see Aresty Research Center's website for various examples of research posters and placement of information.

SOURCE: Rutgers Aresty Research Center


If you have any questions, please contact J.D. Bowers, Dean of the Honors College.