Poster Instructions

  1. Your poster should be 3' x 4' in landscape format.
  2. Place poster title and author(s) name at the top of your poster, with printed characters at least 1" high. The title should be the same as the title you registered with your abstract when you registered to participate.
  3. The poster should have large, legible text and figures. Describe results in a manner that would be clear to a reader, even in the author's absence. It should be possible to read your poster from 3 feet away.
  4. We recommend that you print your poster on coated heavy weight paper. Heavy foam core-type posters are not recommended due to the type of display boards used at Research Expo.

Special AV/Facility Requirements:

We encourage students to bring along prototypes or laptop demos. However, these demos must fit within the space provided (approx. 2' x 4') and students are responsible for their own equipment (i.e. no outlets provided, so laptops should run off battery power).

Poster Categories and Logos:

Posters will be judged by department. If your research is also affiliated with one of the Jacobs School's "agile research centers," or an established Research Institute or Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, you are encouraged to include those affiliations / logos on your poster as well.

See the campus-wide UC San Diego logo guidelines here.

Register Poster Title and Abstract:

Please register your poster title and abstract no later than 4:00 PM Friday, March 9. Note: due to space considerations, posters are limited to the first 215 registrants, so please register early!

Poster Printing:

We recommend that you have your poster printed before Friday, April 6. If you wait until the last moment, you may end up paying extra for printing, or find that you cannot get your poster printed in time! Please note: Printing cost is the responsibility of the student.

Recommended vendors include:

  1. FedEx Office
  2. Scantech Graphics
  3. UC San Diego Educational Technology Services Printing
  4. UCSD Imprints

Poster Set-Up:

Set up your poster on Thursday, April 19 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Check in at the Price Center West Ballroom to pick up your name badge and receive instructions on where to place your poster (posters are organized by department).

Poster Display:

Research Expo is Thursday, April 19. The poster session is open from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and all participants should stand by their posters during this time period. Poster judging begins at 1:30 p.m., and you must be at your poster to be eligible for awards and prizes.

Poster Tear-Down:

All posters should remain up for viewing throughout the entire Research Expo event from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please keep your poster up so that the maximum number of people have a chance to look at your work. Poster tear-down is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Posters left following the event will be recycled.

If you have any questions regarding the poster session, please contact your graduate student staff advisor or

Poster Judging and Awards »