Poster Preparation

Instructions for SURF and SURE Poster Presentations

1. The size of your poster should be 36 inches high x 48 inches wide. It should be printed either on paper or cloth so that it can be clipped on to a foam core board which will stand on an easel.

2. The title, author(s), mentor, and department should be prominently displayed on the poster. Please use Dr. for faculty with a Ph.D. and Professor for faculty with other degrees. Here is an example.

Title

Author(s), (Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Doe), Department of XXX

3. Note that your poster will be viewed from about 3 feet away. Please choose a font size that can be read from that distance.

4. Include and arrange your materials so that a coherent and straight-forward story is told even without your presence. Emphasize the most important points and avoid overwhelming the viewer with too much detail. Here are some specific recommendations:

  • In the Introduction, briefly summarize the necessary background that led to this work and clearly identify the purpose or specific aims of the present study. If applicable, state the questions asked or hypothesis(es) tested.
  • Provide sufficient detail of the Methods employed to do the work.
  • The results can be effectively presented by table, figure, illustration and/or photograph. Make each stand on its own, so the viewer doesn’t have to refer elsewhere on the display to understand the important message(s). For each table, figure, etc., a lucid interpretative legend will go a long way in highlighting and briefly discussing the essential points.
  • In the Summary and Conclusion, briefly explain what are the vital “bottom lines” and the major takeaways of your work.

Poster Printing

Elon Print Services
(336) 278-5582
printservices@elon.edu
202 Manning Ave Suite A&B, Elon, NC 27244
Cost: $27.53 + tax (standard paper, poster only; size: 36″ x 48″)
OR $42.15 + tax (high quality paper, poster only; size: 36″ x 48″)
OR $31.59 + tax (fabric; size: 36” x 48”)
• Save your poster as a pdf (pdf must be sized as 36” x 48”)
• Check the pdf to make sure it looks as you want it to look and double-check that the size is correct
• Email the pdf to printservices@elon.edu with “SURF Poster Request” in the subject line and specify if you want standard paper, high quality paper, or canvas. You may also bring it in person to the print shop on a flash drive.
• Send in your order at least two business days before you need it. Canvas requests may require additional lead-time. Given the high number of SURF poster printing requests, please allow even extra time for your poster to be printed on time.
• Print Services will email you when your poster is ready for pick up.
• They only accept cash, Phoenix Cash, or departmental 12-digit account code (no debit or credit cards).

Office Depot
(336) 226-6122
ods00253cpc@officedepot.com
1825 South Church St., Burlington, NC 27215
Cost: $38 plus tax (standard paper, poster only; size: 36″ x 48″)
* This price only works when you place the order in store in person or submit it via email. If you place the order via their website, the price will be higher.
• Save your poster as a pdf on a flash drive
• Check the pdf to make sure it looks as you want it to look and double-check that the size is correct
• Place your printing order at least two business days before you need it. Given the high number of SURF poster printing requests, please allow even extra time for your poster to be printed on time.
• Be sure to tell them that you are an Elon student to receive this discounted price

Spoonflower
This company prints on cloth. Click here to go to their website.
Cost: just under $25 (size: 36″ x 48″) if ordered two weeks ahead of time
• Save your poster as TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF (not PDF) and files must be less than 40MB (150 DPI recommended)
• Check the pdf to make sure it looks as you want it to look and double-check that the size is correct
• You can only order online and receive your poster through the mail (rush delivery available for an extra charge)
• Choose “performance pique” for $20/yard. There are other slightly cheaper options but this is the fabric we have tried
• You will have barcodes that you may want to cut off – we suggest you use a pizza cutter