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 optional poster contest.

Poster contest timeline

April 2, 2021 (by 5:00 p.m.)Deadline updated as of March 30
All 2021 Symposium participants upload a PDF of their poster to the form emailed to them on March 11, 2021. The form includes a question about whether presenters would like to have their posters considered for the contest. Selecting “Yes” will automatically enter them into the contest. 

Late May: Poster contest finalists are notified by email and announced on the Teaching & Learning Symposium home page and the June edition of the CTL newsletter.

Contest criteria

Poster appearance

  • Organization: clear and easy to follow
  • Good balance of visuals, text, and white space

Poster content2019 Symposium presenters

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

Online presentation video & discussion

  • Presenters guide observers through the poster with a concise narrative following the video guidelines
  • Presenters respond to attendees’ questions using the Comments section on their Manifold page


View the list of 2020 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: With appointments offered on Zoom, the UW Design Help Desk provides free advice to UW faculty, staff and students on designing for presentation and publication.
  • Designing an Academic Poster: University 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.