Research Poster Guidelines
Marketing and Communications

All requests for posters must be accompanied by an approved Office of Marketing and Communications research poster request. Student requests must be signed by both the department head or chair and the dean with all appropriate information completed. Interns and residents must have signatures from the program director and senior associate dean of clinical education. The Office of Marketing and Communications is not a charge back department; all research posters are designed and printed free of charge.

Designing Your Own Poster

A selection of Microsoft PowerPoint templates in PCOM brand-appropriate colors is available on Nucleus in the Marketing and Communications section under the Work Tools tab. If you do not see the size required by your conference, there is a website available with free templates for you to create your own research posters in Microsoft PowerPoint: You can change the size of your template and color palate once you download it. Be sure to adjust the size before you begin working on your poster.

After you design your poster, you may submit the file to the Office of Marketing and Communications. A Marketing and Communications designer will insert the College logo and wordmark for you. Please do not take a logo from the PCOM website; the logo is trademarked and of insufficient resolution for reproduction. Please be sure that you carefully review your poster content; no edits will be made after you submit your file.

If a poster is submitted as a Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) file and is already laid out in the correct format, project time is reduced from 15 working days to five working days.

Submitting Your Research for Designing a Poster

A minimum of three weeks time (15 business days) is required for each poster to be designed. Failure to adhere to the three-week time frame will result in denial of the request.  

A copy of the guidelines for your individual poster presentation must be attached to the Marketing and Communications work request. Please be sure to include the size of the poster on the request form as sizes change per event.

Text for Poster

All copy (text) must be presented in two forms:

  • Email or bring the file (created in Microsoft Word and typed in single space with no returns) on a flash drive to Marketing and Communications and;
  • Provide a printout of the text that is being supplied. Please be certain to include the poster title and authors as well as all photo captions. All posters will have the College name included in the title as well as the College logo or wordmark positioned in the upper-left or right-hand corner.
Graphs and Charts

All charts and graphs must be submitted separately from your Word file. Acceptable formats include Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook (*xls file), Adobe Illustrator (eps file) or Sigmaplot (*eps file). Be sure to save each graph or chart as an individual file. Graphs and charts will be placed according to your direction. 


Only a PCOM logo and and/or the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) logo will appear on the poster. The name(s) of other institution(s) will be included within the title as needed. The designer will insert the College logo for you.


Each poster may include a maximum of four or five photos; the photos must be presented at the same time as the work request. Photos will be accepted as digital files (emailed), on a flash drive or as hard copies (to be scanned if needed). A printed sample of all photos should be submitted with the request. All photos must be clearly marked with figure number(s) and/or caption(s), and the order/placement per section(s) for the poster must be indicated.

Please note, layout of the poster will not begin until all photos and text have been received.


Once design/layout is completed, your poster will be emailed to you in PDF format for proofing. Once the proof is approved, the final poster will be printed.

Research Poster Work Request

Click here to download a PDF of the research poster work request form.