University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Undergraduate Symposium

student with poster

The School of Public Health will hold the fifth annual Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4 – 6 pm in the UW South Campus Center.

The Undergraduate Symposium is a chance for students from across the School’s undergraduate majors and minors to demonstrate how they have applied the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to address public health problems through research, internship, and capstone experiences. Students from the following programs are invited to present:  The Public Health Major, the Environmental Health Major, the Health Informatics and Health Information Management Major, the Global Health Minor, and the Nutritional Sciences Minor.

The Symposium also provides a forum for current students, prospective students, faculty, and the community to discuss current topics in public health.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event which will include poster presentations and a reception.  A full program will be available on this site in May.

Poster Guidelines

  • Most students prefer to use PowerPoint to set up their posters, but you can also use Illustrator or InDesign.
  • Your poster should be 40" x 32", landscape.  Semi-gloss paper is recommended. Your poster should be borderless, with no mounting, lamination or grommets. 
  • You do not need to mount your poster. Easels and foam boards will be provided to you at the Symposium. You will bring your poster rolled, and when you arrive you will unroll it and clip it to the board on the easel assigned to you.
  • Download, Install, and Use the UW brand Encode Sans font packages.
    [Support for Windows and Mac]
  • The SPH logo (Soul Catcher and word mark) should be in the lower left corner of the poster, and the University of Washington purple W patch should be in the right corner. You have some flexibility about where you put these logos, but they must be present somewhere visible on your poster.
  • Check with your mentor, supervisor, or instructor regarding whether or not there are additional agency/funder logos which should be included, either by using their logo or including them in your acknowledgements.
  • A proof is a small printed version of the poster to check for errors or problems. Proofs are an additional cost but can save you a big headache.
  • The UW’s Undergraduate Research Symposium Website has links to many poster design resources
  • Students applying to or presenting at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium are encouraged to use the same or similar materials for the SPH Undergraduate Symposium.  

Printing Your Poster

Large-format poster printing is available on-campus at:

  • UW Posters
    Health Sciences Photographic & Digital Imaging
    T-271 HSB, phone: 206-543-9275
  • Dawg Prints
    Creative Communications 
    Communication B-042, phone: 206-616-5244

Additional locations near campus include:

Tips for Presenters

  • Identify your audience: Are they generalists or specialists? What does your audience likely already know about your topic?
  • Prepare PREPARE a two minute summary using your poster as a visual guide and practice PRACTICE it ahead of time.
  • Stay with your poster: Stay close by but off to the side just a bit, so passers-by can see; also take a little time to visit other posters/presenters.
  • Ask people if they would like to hear about your work. There will be faculty and graduate student judges to provide feedback on… Timing, content, organization, and ability to effectively communicate to an interdisciplinary audience
  • Don’t become so engrossed in conversations with one person that others are prevented from viewing
  • Don’t be a wall flower: Ask people if they would like to hear about your work
  • Be enthusiastic: Deliver your summary with animation in your voice. Make eye contact. Speak clearly and slowly.

Additional Resources

Poster Workshop Slides
Poster Templates (ppt)

If you have any questions, please contact your relevant SPH academic adviser or email

2017 Symposium Program