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Library Tutorials: Presenting a Poster/GW Research Days

The following tutorials will help you get started using the research tools provided by Himmelfarb.

Presenting a Poster General Information

Are you presenting your research at a conference or event, or considering doing so?

Do you need help figuring out how to prepare your abstract for submission, how to design a poster to effectively communicate your findings, or present your research effectively to the judges?

"Ramp Up for Research Day", a series of presentations first sponsored by Himmelfarb in spring 2016, has you covered! Most sessions were recorded and are available here for members of the GW community.

Tips for Creating Poster Presentations


  • Use Powerpoint, Photoshop, or InDesign
  • If using a MAC, create fully-collected In-Design files
  • When using PowerPoint to create a poster that is 36" x 48" or smaller, choose a set-up size that is 100% of your final poster size.
  • When using PowerPoint to create a poster that is larger than 36" x 48", choose a set-up that is one-half the size of your final poster, and be sure the size is proportional to your final poster size. For example, a final poster size of 48" x 96" would correspond with a page set-up of 24" x 48".

Color Selection

  • Colors that appear on computer monitors do not always print the same on paper.
  • If using the official GW colors, the red, green, and blue values can be adjusted in PowerPoint:
    • Right Click on the background
    • Go to Format/Background.  Click on the color bar and select More Colors/Custom. 
    • Enter the red, green and blue values as shown on the following chart.

 GW Colors

  Red Green Blue
Blue 0 59 92
Buff 248 224 142
Gold 168 153 104
Yellow 255 199 44
Accent Blue 0 156 222


  • Choose a standard font, such as Times Roman or Arial
  • The author's text should be one-half the size of the title text
  • The main text should be approximately one-third the size of the header text


  • Imported images need to be 300 dpi JPEG files, or full size PDF files
  • When resizing images, be sure to hold down the control key and grab the image by the corner for proper proportions
  • Keep in mind that it is illegal to download images from Web sites without prior, written permission

GW Research Poster Templates

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Poster Presentation Skills for GW Research Days