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Poster Presentations

This guide will show you how to create poster presentations for conferences and other events.

What is a Poster Presentation?

A poster presentation is the presentation of research at a conference, symposium, or other type of academic or professional meeting. Presenters, either individually or in groups, typically stand at their poster and answer questions from audience members and/or a panel of judges. Posters are used to present research in many disciplines ranging from Biomedicine to the Arts and Humanities. Overall, posters should be easy to read and contain only the most important information such as evidence, methods, and conclusions.

Posters can be printed and displayed, displayed digitally on a screen, or hosted online depending on the modality of the meeting. Whether printed or digital-only, authors need to ensure that their content is legible, undistorted, and reflects the seriousness of their research.

Getting Started

Although there is no one standard for poster presentations, there are certain guidelines that are helpful to follow:

  • The poster should not be just a copy-and-paste version of a previously written article
  • It should be a visually pleasing display of results/conclusions
  • Keep wording and images simple and easy to read
  • Follow the rules for your discipline or specific conference
  • Make sure if you use images, they are not copyright-protected (see our guide, Copyright and Fair Use)

Touro University Research Day 2023

Touro University Research Day is an opportunity to share the wide scope of exciting scholarship by our faculty and students in the undergraduate and graduate divisions and the professional schools with a large community of scholars. Complementing the multi-disciplinary poster sessions, external and internal keynote speakers are invited to share the results of their cutting-edge research with all participants and attendees.

Stay tuned for information on Research Day 2023!


WATCH - Preparing your Research Poster: Tips and Resources

Dr. David Yens (TouroCOM – Middletown Campus) and Tim Valente (Touro College Libraries) presented a webinar on poster planning, designing and presentation best practices, tips and tools. The webinar was recorded for your convenience.

Access the recording to this webinar here:

Touro Poster Templates

To access the template files, you will need your TouroOne username and password. If you have problems accessing these files, please reach out.

General Resources for Poster Planning

These links provide general advice for the planning of poster presentations:


Ramona Guthrie's posterMeira Orentlicher's poster

Poster Examples from Touro College's 2015 Research Day

Ramona Guthrie's poster on left; Dr. Meira Orentlicher's poster on right

Graphics and Design


You can get started designing a poster with a program you may already have:

  • Word processor like Word or Pages
  • Presentation software like PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides
  • Design software, such as InDesign or Illustrator

See more:

Or check out some of these free online tools:


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