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Printing Posters

Posters for presenting at conferences can be printed at the Office of Student Research & Creative Activities, Math building room 318.

You can bring your poster file to the Office (318 MATH) during office hours.  If these times are not convenient, please email your poster file to  When the poster is ready to pick up, you'll be notified by email.  If the poster needs to go to another campus (i.e. Fort Worth or Waco), we can send it via courier (please specify the campus and a specific office at that campus).

It is very important that you follow the guidelines below for printing posters.  Knowing what software can be used and the lead time necessary for printing posters on campus is critical.


  • Posters should be submitted for printing at least 3 working days before you need it. All posters will be printed in the order they are received. During times of heavy demand (i.e. the Tarleton and TAMUS Pathways research symposia), it may take several days before your poster can be printed because it takes at least 30 minutes for a single poster to print. There is no guarantee that posters submitted one or two days before you need it will be printed in time.
  • Posters need to be formatted for a maximum of 36 inch in height X 48 inch in width (landscape) or vice versa for portrait. Landscape is most commonly used (and landscape is required for the Tarleton Student Research Symposium).
  • Posters must be made using PowerPoint (2007 preferred) or Microsoft Publisher.  If other software is used, it must be saved as a PDF file.  For PowerPoint, before adding graphics/text, go to 'Page Setup' and choose 'Custom' with a width of 48 inches and height of 36 inches.
  • Avoid using dark cartridges are very expensive!  Use a light background with black text.  If you have to use white text, the background is too dark.
  • Be sure to double check all spelling grammar, contents, margins, alignment, and dimensions of the poster before submission. Because printing posters is costly, only one poster will be printed (no reprints). Be sure that both you and your faculty mentor are 100% satisfied with your poster before you submit it for printing. If you have questions or need advice, please ask before you are ready to submit for printing.
  • It is highly recommended to avoid themes in PowerPoint.
  • We do not have the ability to laminate, but the Dick Smith Library does.