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Student Research Fair Poster Template

Download 2018 Poster Template

How to use this template

Highlight text (including title where it says “Template” at the top) and replace it with new text from a Microsoft Word document or other text-editing program.

Writing Style

The writing style posters should match the guidelines for your particular research discipline.


Be sure to spell check all text and have trusted colleagues proofread the poster. In general, authors should:

  • Use the active tense
  • Simplify text by using bullet points
  • Use colored graphs and charts
  • Use bold to provide emphasis; avoid capitals and underlining
  • Avoid long numerical tables

Authors should re-write their paper so that it is suitable for the brevity of the poster format. Respect your audience-as a general rule, less is more. Use a generous amount of white space to separate elements and avoid data overkill. Refer to Web sites or other sources to provide a more in-depth understanding of the research.


PNG's, TIFF's and JPGs are the preferred file format for images appearing in printed posters. Avoid the use of low-resolution jpgs, especially those downloaded from the Internet, as they will reproduce poorly.


Student will be responsible for printing their poster. 

PLEASE NOTE: All posters MUST be printed in the "ANSI E" format (34"W x 44"H, portrait orientation) 
34" W by 44" H poster representation

A few options for printing, available on the WVU campus, are as follows:

WVU Big Prints

WVU Libraries