Creating Your First Poster


Creating Your First Poster

3rd place winner—2015 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Symposium at UF
3rd place winner—2015 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Symposium at UF

— from the PI’s desk

Whether your poster is for an undergrad research symposium, or a professional meeting you should take it seriously. The poster you create represents you. Your best work, and your lab. The quality represents the value you find in your research project, and how much you appreciate your research supervisor’s efforts. The poster you create also sends a message to the PI about how much you value the research opportunity you’ve been given.

All PIs want to look at a poster before it’s presented to make edits and corrections. Ideally, unless instructed otherwise, try to get your “final” draft on her desk at least two weeks before you need to print. Don’t be discouraged if she significantly changes your poster—it’s her responsibility to ensure that the posters representing her research program are factually accurate, precise, and in line with her lab’s research focus.

For most students, their first poster takes at least twice as long as they estimated it would. Even if you have experience working with Powerpoint or Keynote, designing a scientific poster can present special challenges. A good time estimate for your first poster is 30 hours from when you open the design program, to when you hand your poster over to your PI for approval.

Here are a few links to check out to help you design your first poster:

First time making a poster? What’s been the hardest part so far? Experienced poster maker? What tips can you share to make it easier for others?


Rose Judson's picture

Wow! This is really great information. Thank you for sharing!

Paris H. Grey's picture

You're welcome, Rose. Good luck on your poster!