Scholars Week - Poster Guidelines and Set-up Information

Poster Guidelines

Poster Size

Please adhere to standard poster dimensions of 36" tall x 48" wide (horizontal orientation).

How to check the dimensions or resize your poster:

  1. If you are using a PowerPoint template, make sure that the slide size is 36” by 48”. (PowerPoint -> Design tab -> Slide size on the top right -> Customize size)
  2. Save poster as a PDF file. To double-check the dimensions of the pdf file, go to (File -> properties, look at ‘Page Size’ under Advanced)

Selecting a Poster Template + Design

  •  40+ templates with step-by-step instructions and quick tutorials to guide you through the poster design process. 
  • MTSU graphics PowerPoint poster templates

See examples of winning poster designs!

Need help? Attend a workshop!

Are you getting ready to design a research poster for a class or academic conference or event? Check the URC Events webpage for workshop opportunities.

What to include in your poster:  

Title of your research
Your name, co-author(s) name, mentor(s) name
Acknowledgment Section
Required Logo(s)

To learn more about what to include in your poster, check out this helpful article about Poster Basics!

Logo Requirements

All poster presented on campus or at local, regional, or national conferences must include the MTSU logo.  URECA students must recognize URECA in the acknowledgment section of the poster include the URECA logo.

Download logos here:

   MTSU logo                                URC logo                       URC logo                        Other Logos

Multimedia (optional)

If you are feeling particularly creative and/or would like to keep your poster design simple, there is a new, more accessible poster design that we encourage you to try.  It takes less time to design, quickly peaks the viewers interest, features less words, gives the viewer access to a QR code (which links to more information about your project), and transfers knowledge more quickly and efficiently.
Free QR Code Generator 

Poster Printing

  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides this service free of charge.  
    • Use the link to reference instructions and to reserve your poster printing slot.  Presenters will receive this link in you acceptance email.
    • Blue Print will email you when  you when the poster is ready to be picked up.
      Email with questions.
  • Blue Print Solutions in the Student Union Building.  If you are unable to secure a printing time through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, click here for instructions to get your poster printed through Blue Print.  If you submit your poster directly to Blue Print you are responsable for the cost.
  • University Computer Lab at BAS; walk-in self-service with limited technical support.
  • Library Technology Services Desk
  • Biology (for Biology students only)

Poster Set-Up

If presenting in the in-person Poster Exposition, you will receive an email to confirm your presentation time. Check in at the registration desk to confirm your poster number and location. The table space for each poster will be approximately 1.5 feet x 6 feet. 


Please email to reserve a posterboard.

Poster Withdrawal

If you need to withdraw your poster or edit the title of your presentation, please contact  Withdraws and edits will be accepted until the Friday before the event. Final poster numbers will be posted the Monday before the event.