Student poster guidelines

Be creative, thoughtful, thorough and reflective!

Required poster content

  • Name(s)
  • Course name, number, semester (e.g. PSY 309: Childhood Development, Spring 2019)
  • Instructor name
  • A description of the service project, purpose and learning objectives
  • Address the following questions:
    • Community Impact
      • Does the project address a community identified need?
      • Did the student coordinate with the community partner?
    • Academic Impact
      • Did the student integrate academic content with the service experience?
      • Does the student demonstrate the application of the new skills/knowledge?
    • Personal Growth
      • Does the student acknowledge their unique perspective and how it has changed over time?
      • Does the student demonstrate enhanced understanding as a result of reflection?

Formatting guidelines

  • Poster size must be 48" wide x 36" height
  • Do not use font smaller than 32 point (citations and notations can be smaller)
  • Use bold fonts for headings
  • Use fonts that are readable (serif fonts are best for print readability)


  • Use high-quality photos and graphics to make your poster more visually appealing
  • Check the picture quality by zooming to 50-100% (this is what the picture will look like when it prints)
  • The University of Nevada, Reno OSLCE identifier must appear in the upper right hand corner of the poster
  • PHOTO RELEASE FORMS: Students may not use any photos of community partner clients or community members without obtaining release forms. The photo release forms need to be electronically uploaded with the poster submission. The release forms are on the University of Nevada, Reno Marketing and Communications webpage. All submissions and any photos used on the submissions become the property of the UNR OSLCE.

Avoid the following

  • Bolding all text
  • Using black or neon colors as a background
  • Adding enhancements to your images
  • Putting text and graphics to the edge of the poster
  • Writing unprofessionally; using language that is offensive or demonstrates prejudice
  • Using client names or any other identifying information


April 8th - Poster application due

April 15th - Students will be notified when project has been accepted

April 29th - Poster competition