Poster Session

What is Poster Session?

Poster session is an event at the end of every semester. Usually, students who were enrolled in a course that requires a project have to present their project at poster session.

End of semester poster session serves several functions.

  • Students present their project. Students presenting their project gain experience in communicating their work to an audience of peers and faculty.
  • Students practice for scientific meetings. Students in degree programs at SBMI will frequently present their work at local, regional, national and/or international meetings. The poster is one format often available for meeting presentations.
  • Students gain a wider appreciation for informatics. As students look at other students' work, they learn about projects from a variety of areas within informatics.

Who attends poster session?

All students who are enrolled in a course that requires a poster are required to attend poster session. Students in other courses are encouraged to attend poster session. Faculty whose students are presenting posters attend poster session, and other faculty also often come. In addition, poster session is a good opportunity to see the school in action, so post-doctoral fellows, prospective students and visitors from the community may also attend.

When is poster session?

Poster session is always on Monday afternoon during finals week.

Where is poster session?

For the fall and spring semester, poster session is held at the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, IMM Atrium.

For the summer semester poster session is held on the 14th floor of UCT in the classrooms and lounge area.

Refreshments are served.

What about distance students?

Distance students should check with their instructor about their options for poster session.

  • If at least one member of a group for a group project is local, the distant member(s) may choose not to attend and get feedback from their instructor at another time.
  • Distance students may choose to come to campus for the poster session. This trip could be combined with meeting with advisors and faculty for the following semester's course(s). Please make appropriate arrangements prior to coming.
  • Distance students may choose to present their poster as a power point presentation. The student can choose to use synchronous technology to present the poster and/or for questions and answers.

How do I print a poster?

The Office of Academic Affairs allows each student/team to print a large-format poster (48"w x 36"h) from the plotter in the SBMI Media Lab free of charge.*

Students must schedule a time with media lab staff ( the week before the scheduled poster session. Printing time slots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.  Large-format posters will be created with the poster template rather than separate PowerPoint slides.

For dimensions, template questions, and printing your poster, email

→ Poster Template (horizontal)
→ Poster Template (vertical)
→ Poster Grading Rubric

*If a large-format poster requires a reprint because of student/team error, the cost of the second large-format poster will be paid by the student/team. If additional large-format posters are needed during the semester, students will be able to print them (or other printed materials) in the media lab. Please refer to the cost calculator for the estimated cost of the printed materials needed.