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Undergraduate Students

Posters are the standard presentation format for undergraduate presenters. A limited number of slots are available for creative/display presentations based on project/presentation format needs and space.

Specific requirements for each type of presentation are detailed in the Discover USC Presenter Guide [pdf] for undergraduate students. The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning provides specific guidelines for undergraduate students who are presenting at Discover USC as part of the Graduation with Leadership Distinction program.

Hanging your poster

If you will be presenting a poster at Discover USC, you do not need to bring anything (tacks, tape, etc.) to hang your poster. Four t-pins will be in place at your poster slot when you arrive. Please use the t-pins to fasten your poster to the board for the duration of your presentation, then leave them in the board for the next presenter or for the clean-up crew.


General Guidelines

No matter what type of presentation you give, it’s important to

  • dress and behave professionally.
  • plan to stay for your entire presentation session, taking only short breaks if needed.
  • come prepared to talk about your project with a wide variety of people, including both general and expert audiences.
  • know where to go. As the event date approaches, you will receive your location information via email, and will be able to look it up on this site, in the Find a Presenter section (2023 data will be added to the Find a Presenter page in April).


Poster Presentations

Poster design and printing

  • We understand that some presenters might need to re-use their posters at other conferences with different dimension requirements, or have cost limitations. To accommodate this, presenters may size their posters to fit within our minimum and maximum requirements.
    • The minimum size for Discover USC posters, and for Graduation with Leadership Distinction eligibility, is 2 feet by 3 feet (oriented vertically or horizontally).
    • To fully utilize your allotted space, the recommended size is four feet high by 3.5 feet wide (this size is typically used for research). These dimensions will allow two posters to fit side by side on the poster boards.
    • The maximum allowable size is four feet by four feet (the outer vertical edge will curl around the display board if the poster is four-feet wide).
  • The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning offers poster templates for ideas on how you might showcase your experiences within and beyond the classroom. You can also create your own design instead of using a template.
  • Students are encouraged to talk with their mentor, supervisor, and/or instructor to find out if there are preferred locations or options for printing and if there are specific methods/processes for payment. Be sure to compare pricing BEFORE committing to printing.

On presentation day, the poster rooms will open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your session, and displays must be up by the start time. All materials must be removed immediately after the session. If you have to leave early, you must make arrangements for removal. Any items left will be thrown away.


How-to Tips

The Office of Undergraduate Research has prepared a variety of support documents designed to help undergraduate presenters make the most of their presentations.

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