Center for Teaching and Learning

Symposium poster contest

Participants whose proposals are accepted for the Teaching & Learning Symposium will receive details on how to participate in the poster contest.

Poster contest timeline

March 31 (by 11:59 p.m.): Contest participants upload a PDF of their poster (via Google link).
Late April: Poster awards are announced.

Poster contest criteria


  • Organization: clear and easy to follow
  • Good balance of visuals, text, and white space
  • Text: easy to read from a distance of 3-6 feet


2019 symposium poster 34 presenters

  • Purpose and context of the project are clearly stated
  • Outcomes, conclusions, and implications are clearly communicated and are tied back to the purpose of the project
  • The project narrative is clear and can be understood in 1-2 minutes of viewing
  • Explanations are free of jargon and accessible to a cross-disciplinary audience

In-person presentation

  • Presenters guide observers through the poster with a well-crafted and concise narrative
  • Presenters respond to observer questions


View the list of 2019 poster contest finalists and prize recipients.

Poster design resources

2019 symposium poster #11 presenter

  • UW Brand Research Poster Templates
    24″ x 36″ Powerpoint and InDesign templates designed by UW Marketing & Communications. These templates include UW logos and colors.
  • UW Design Help Desk
    Located in the Allen Research Commons, the UW Design Help Desk provides free advice to UW faculty, staff and students on designing for presentation and publication.
  • Designing an Academic PosterUniversity of Leicester
    Step-by-step guide for designing an academic poster.
  • Designing Communications for a Poster Fair, Pennsylvania State University
    Tips for designing effective poster presentations.
  • Poster Samples, University of Texas at Austin
    Poster samples along with notes highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement.