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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

Poster Guidelines

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Overall dimensions of your poster may not exceed 30 inches by 40 inches. Size requirements must be adhered to in order to display 25-30 posters while keeping walkways open, as required by Capitol regulations. Easels will be provided. You will need to provide ALL other materials to set up your poster (e.g., clips, tape, pins). Please note  electrical power will not be available for your display.

Each poster should have a header that is visible from a distance. The header should contain the title of the project, your name, the name of your faculty mentor and any collaborators, your academic department and university. A recommended font size for the title of the project is 48 pt. The other components of the header can be smaller, but should not be smaller than 36 pt.

For example:

Exploration of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity
Presenter Doe
Faculty Mentor Doe, Ph.D.
Department of Undergraduate Research
Minnesota State University, Mankato

In general, keep your display visual by using graphics and figures while keeping text to a minimum. It is unlikely that individuals attending the poster session will read a lengthy presentation. Any blocks of text on your poster (excluding a reference section) should be at least 30 pt font size in order to be readable from a distance. Please consult your faculty mentor for design and construction information. 


Poster Printing Tips

Download a template from the Copy Shop website or use the template below. Consult your faculty mentor prior to submitting your poster for printing. Please follow the graphic standards when using university logos and colors. It is recommended that you use logos in the EPS format.  

Poster Template

Graphic Standards

The URC will cover the cost of printing your poster. Email your completed poster to


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