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Academic Poster Printing Basics

The Libraries/ITS provide services to print posters for faculty and students for academic purposes, including personal research presentations and class projects. Document Services provides poster printing for all other applications, including advertising or decoration for academic departments.

There is no charge for these services but all poster printing requests require advanced notice; we do not provide on-demand printing. Class or other group poster project requests should be submitted by the professor before the start of the semester.

Complete Libraries/ITS poster printing information is here.

Poster questions can be addressed via e-mail to

What Is a Poster Session?

According to Wikipedia, a poster session is "the juried presentation of research information by representatives of several research teams at a congress or conference with an academic or professional focus." Faculty at Colgate can work with Collaboration for Enhanced Learning (CEL) to plan and implement their poster projects.

During a poster session, many researchers and their posters are typically available in a conference room, accessible to circulating attendees. The poster session provides for the presentation of their research in a more interactive, less formal venue than a conference presentation, allowing attendees to ask questions and provide suggestions to the participants. A poster session may also supplement a conference presentation by allowing a demonstration of, or hands-on access to, associated technologies, such as computer software.

Poster sessions are routine for many science departments at Colgate and are also conducted at the end of the summer research program.

Posters may also have a life beyond the poster session. Many examples can be found in academic buildings, notably in the sciences.