Academic Posters

Poster size

Posters can generally be thought of as medium, large, and extra-large. Your considerations when choosing a poster size are usually convenience and symposium requirements . Noteably, there will be no charge for printing posters for approved faculty and student events in the McQueary College of Health and Human Services (MCHHS). Please contact a member from the MCHHS Technology Services team for more information regarding approved events.

If you are going to be traveling to a conference to present your poster, you should consider what size poster tube will fit in an overhead bin or be easily carried on an airplane. If the symposium you are attending specifies certain poster dimensions, you should always respect those requirements.


These free templates meet the MSU brand guidelines. Note that these templates are in color. To make them black-and-white, you can (a) have the poster printed in black-and-white, or (b) remove the colored boxes and leave just the thin maroon lines.

Do I have to use your templates?

No. You can create your own poster from scratch as long as you use Microsoft PowerPoint to create it. Email for custom sizes.

University logos

Missouri State University makes available a variety of university logos and media for students and faculty. To use an official MSU logo on your publication, visit Identity Standards. Click on “Access the marketing toolkit.” You will need to log in with a valid MSU login to see these resources. This same page contains guidelines for how university logos can and cannot be used. Always use the Carrington logo for academics, such as posters. The Bear logo is for athletics only and should not be used on academic posters.

Additional Information

RStats Institute provides design, editing, and set-up services, but does not print posters. For details regarding printing fees and steps to request a poster to be printed, please visit the MCHHS Technology Services website.
There is no fee to print posters for approved events, such as if you are a MSU student in one of the schools under the McQueary College of Health and Human Services, and you are printing a poster for the annual Student Research Symposium. You should submit your poster to MCHHS Technology Services 5-10 buisness days prior to your deadline, otherwise your posters may not be printed in time.
Posters can be printed in black-and-white or in color. Adding color to a poster generally increases its visual interest. When choosing whether to use color, remember that the purpose of using color should be to enhance your research findings. Posters can be printed on satin paper, glossy paper, or matte paper. It is recommended to use satin paper because it is more aesthetically pleasing. The glossy paper is sometimes too reflective and the matte paper fades easily.