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Translational Health Research Initiative’s Docs Scholar Showcase Poster Information

This information might be useful as you prepare to present your posters at the Health Scholar Showcase on February 10, 2017.

The academic-style posters on display at the Health Scholar Showcase will visually represent some of the wide array of health research and sponsored programs being conducted by Texas State faculty. Each College has the opportunity  to create up to six academic posters for the event. Each poster should be no larger than 36″ X 48″ (or 48″ x 36″)  in size. The posters will probably look a little different from  single study posters that are more common at academic conferences, because most of the Scholar Showcase posters will  represent a theme, program, grant, department, center etc., instead of a specific research project. There are numerous possibilities for how poster content can be represented, but a few layout samples are included in this folder. In general, the content of the poster should provide a broad overview of the topic, and should be visually interesting and easy to read.  Here are a few tips for creating poster content:

  1. Powerpoint can be a timesaver. Many academic posters are actually one very large PowerPoint slide. Adjust the sizing setting in the PowerPoint file and create your poster as a slide by inserting text, formatting, and visuals.
  2. Break it up. Break your poster components into text, tables, and high-resolution images first before you lay it out. It is harder to adjust and edit in a larger poster file. It also allows you to use your tables and content in other publishing areas in their original vector format. Once your content is solid, open a new document and immediately change the page layout to your poster size (i.e. 36” x 48”). Then, copy and paste the text and tables in.
  3. Ask the experts. Check out Texas State’s Office of University Marketing for standard poster templates, university logos, and color scheme information Keep in mind that colors tend to print darker than they look on screen. It is very tempting to want to use deep purples and blue gradients. Unfortunately, most show up as black. A forest green on poster paper is more of a heather green on screen. Getting a printed color copy proof of your poster can be very helpful in avoiding costly typo mistakes and making sure the colors you want are the colors you are actually getting.
  4. Ask for help! You are probably not a graphic designer, but I’ve posted several sample posters and basic templates on this site to assist you.
  5. Print it! There are a few options for getting you posters printed on campus and in San Marcos. Contact us for further information about printing an academic poster.

Source: UT Southwester Medical School Academic Poster Tips.


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