Printing Information

The College of Science provides printing services for our students and faculty members. The cost of printing is substantially less than if you were to take it other places to get printed. The cost of printing in the College of Science is $1.00 / square foot. So a poster that is 3' x 4' would cost $12.00, whereas if you took it somewhere else, it could cost 4 to 5 times as much.

To get your poster printed, submit the following to Mike Bird in the Dean's Office ( :

  • The poster in both pdf and original format.
  • The poster sized to the size you need printed.
  • List the department, faculty name and student name if printing for a student.
  • Include your email address and phone number.
  • Include the Banner Index Number for billing. 
  • Remember that you need to submit your poster 7 days before you need it. If you are unable to get submitted by this time limit, you may have to get your poster printed elsewhere. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! This is an amazing benefit to get your posters printed at these prices.


These guidelines were designed to assist you with the creation of your research posters. Your posters represent Utah Valley University and as such, need to adhere to the design guidelines set-up by the university. 

Word Count and Visual Components

Remember, a poster is NOT a paper! A paper is created to provide independent learning opportunities. A poster is designed to attract attention and provide YOU the opportunity (since you will be standing next to your poster) to engage people that are interested in your research. Here are some things to remember:

  • Your entire poster should have under 500 words total.
  • Create your poster to be clear and concise. An individual should be able to read it in under 10 minutes.
  • Remember, PowerPoint was designed as a slide creation program for the purpose of projecting large images in a darkened room. The images, colors and amount of copy that work well on slides do not necessarily work for a poster.
  • Always remember your target audience!

The visual components of your poster are very important.

  • Images should be legible from a distance. They need to be clean and precise that are easily seen and understood.
  • Use charts, graphs and tables. Excel can be used to create these. If you have a problem with the appearance of an image imported from Excel, save it as a pdf and then import it into PowerPoint.
  • Make sure that your photographs and illustrations are in focus and high resolution (300dpi is recommended). Remember, you are going to be having your poster printed and if your photographs and illustrations are in a resolution lower than 300dpi, they will look "fuzzy" and not well defined. Do not enlarge low resolutions images (72dpi) from the internet. These images will not print correctly.