Content Rules:


​In addition to a summary of your research project, each poster must have:

  1. All student investigator names(s)
  2. All faculty mentor name(s)
  3. Department name (e.g. "Department of Psychology" or "School of Family Life")
  4. A title that matches the title entered on the registration form
  5. A BYU seal somewhere on the poster. To download a high-quality version of the BYU seal, go to identity.byu.edu, click on the picture of the BYU seal and then select "Files." Choose the logo you prefer and ensure you select the "Large" size and either the Mac EPS (for Mac computers) or PC EPS (for PC computers).

Design Instructions:

To create a poster

  1. Choose a program to use. Most students create their posters in Microsoft PowerPoint. If you prefer, you are also welcome to use Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign. There are many instructional videos on YouTube, such as the one below, that can help you create a poster. ​Note: you will need to convert your poster into a PDF file before submitting (directions below).

  2. Set your poster dimensions to 44" wide and 33" tall (landscape orientation). In PowerPoint 2010, this can be done by going to Design --> Page Setup. For earlier versions of PowerPoint, it will be under File --> Page Setup (depending on the version, it may be called Document Size, Page Size, Document Setup, or something similar).  There will be a place to enter in the desired dimensions (44 inches wide and 33 inches tall).  Do not let PowerPoint "fix" the dimensions you enter if it asks to. In PowerPoint 2016, this can be done by going to Design>Slide Size. All posters must be this size and orientation.

  3. Choose a font that is easy to read from a distance, at least 24 pt or higher. Avoid fonts that are hard to read or distracting from the actual content of your poster. Since the poster will be much larger than it is on your screen, avoid using anything below a 24 pt font size.

  4. Layout the elements of your poster, using images that are 300 dpi (dots-per-inch) or higher. When selecting images for your poster, remember they are going to be printed on a large poster. Ideally, the images on your poster need to be 300 dpi (dots-per-inch) or higher. Anything smaller than that will be blurry and distorted upon printing. Images found on the internet are generally 72 dpi and therefore insufficient. Search these sites for images that are often free of charge: PexelsFlickr CommonsWikigalleryPixabay, and the BYU Art & Art History Lib Guide. Other sites offer images, such as these, for a fee: iStockPhoto or BigStockPhoto.​ Remember to only purchase images that are 300 dpi or higher.  There are also some images (mainly of BYU campus and students) available at BYU Photo

  5. Proofread your poster a few times. We will not accept resubmissions to fix errors. Once submitted, your poster will be printed.

  6. Send your poster to your professor or faculty advisor to review and incorporate their suggestions.

  7. Convert your poster into a PDF. Note: simply changing the file extension name of your poster to "PDF" does not convert the file to a PDF.
If you're using PowerPoint 2010 or 2016:
      1. Go to “File.”
      2. Click "Save as" or "Save as Adobe PDF."
      3. In the "File name" box, type the name of your poster.
      4. In the "Save as type" box, select "PDF."
      5. Click "Save."
      6. Open the PDF to ensure the file saved properly.
    If you're using earlier versions of PowerPoint:
        1. Go to “File” (or the Microsoft Office button)
        2. Point to the arrow next to “Save As” and then click “PDF or XPS” (note: clicking “Adobe PDF” instead of “PDF or XPS” will often require you to download additional software).
        3. In the “File name” type or select a name for your poster.
        4. In the “Save as type” box, ensure “PDF” is selected.
        5. Click “Save.”
        6. Open the PDF to ensure the file saved properly. 
    If the program you're using does not give you the option of saving as a PDF, sometimes it will let you "print" as one.
        1. Go to "File" (or the Microsoft Office button).
        2. Point to the arrow next to "Print."
        3. On the drop-down menu, choose "AdobePDFWriter" or "CutePDFWriter."
        4. Click print, type in the file name and save it on your c
        5. omputer.
        6. Open the PDF to ensure the file saved properly. 
                       8. ​Submit your poster on the registration site here. You will need the following to register:
    1. Poster title
    2. ​​​​​Poster abstract - approximately 50 words
    3. Your phone number and email
    4. PDF of your poster 
    5. Names and emails of your co-investigators (note that luncheon invitations will be mailed to you and your co-investigators with this information)
    6. Name and email of your faculty mentor
    7. Once your poster has been successfully uploaded and confirmed, you may not re-submit! We will print your poster once it has been confirmed. Due to the cost of printing, there will be no opportunity for changes, so make sure it is your final draft!
    8. You should receive an automatic confirmation email with 30 minutes of submission. If you do not receive an automatic email from us within that time, contact Amber Johnson at (801) 422-1320 or amber_johnson@byu.edu.​ If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your submission, please contact fhss-web@byu.edu.

    Deadline for submitting posters: Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at noon.


    To give you an idea of what a successful poster looks like, we have provided examples of winning posters from previous years, in the Harold B. Lee Library's ScholarsArchive, or in the hallway of the 9th floor of the Kimball Tower at BYU.

    A Peculiar People Happy Wife, Happy LifeTiana Hoffmann Research Vehicle Safety Poster


    Note that, by submitting your poster, you grant permission for the Dean's Office of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at BYU to display your poster at the conference and in other college communication channels, as they deem appropriate.