Presenter's Corner

Poster and Presentation Guidelines

Academic Research Poster

Deadline to upload your print ready file is Thursday March 6 at Noon.

As a Symposium presenter, you will be asked to create an academic research poster based on your approved abstract submission. Your completed poster will be printed by the UGRS team and displayed on campus during the lead up to the Symposium. This poster can also act as your main slide during your Symposium presentation.

Poster Specifications


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Size: 36”w x 24”h (landscape)
File: PDF titled in the format LastName_UGRS2023_Poster.pdf
Submit your file via the UGRS Journal by Noon on March 6.

If your poster is in the incorrect format you will be asked to resubmit. Please use the UGRS Poster Template to avoid error. You can make the template your own by changing the colour palette and fonts and adding images. 

Research Poster Resources

Visually Representing Data

Tableau and Excel are recommended are good places to start.

Finding and citing images

Start by learning about how to cite online images from SFU Library.


All undergraduate students can sign up for writing and learning consultations with the Student Learning Commons to get feedback on presentation content and poster design.

If you are in an Honours program you can sign up for a presentation consultation from the Graduate Student Writing Team.

If you are not in an Honours program and would like to access a presentation consultation, contact

Design Tips

Remember the purpose of a poster is to summarize research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion.

A Strong research poster …

  • Summarizes information or research concisely and attractively to help generate discussion;
  • Is clearly written and logical in design;
  • Uses images, graphs, and figures to communicate information;
  • Contains proper references for works and images used;
  • Uses bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read;
  • Is its own research format – it isn’t trying to be anything else!

A Strong research poster is not

  • An essay or article in poster form;
  • Wordy and text-heavy;
  • Cluttered, crowded, and lacking negative space;
  • Difficult to understand;
  • Stressful or confusing for your viewer to read.


On March 29, during the in-person Symposium, you will present your research to a live audience. You are encouraged to use your research poster or elements of your research poster as the slide(s) for your presentation. Once each member of your group has presented, you will engage in a faculty moderated discussion to encourage dynamic dialogue between you and your fellow undergraduate researchers. You will receive detailed information about your group and the program for the Symposium day in advance.

Presentation Guidelines

  • Maximum 3-5 minutes in length
  • 1-3 slides; if you use only one slide, it can be your research poster or you can use elements of your poster to create up to 3 slides for your presentation
  • Presentations will not be recorded
  • If you are reporting on team-based research, please share your specific role in the research as well as a reporting on the overall research results.

Please aim to speak in plain language as much as possible in your presentation. This means minimizing the use of jargon and being sure to explain any specialized or discipline-specific vocabulary.