Poster Guidelines

Fourteenth Heritage Language Research Institute

Poster GuidelinesImage of the Laureate Room (courtesy of the UCLA Luskin Conference Center)

Poster presentations will include two components:

  1. Two-minute “lightning talk” presented to the Research Institute cohort;
  2. Discussion period for participants to walk around the room and view posters.


  • The poster session will take place in the same room as the research institute, the Luskin Conference Center's Laureate Room.

Poster Format

  • We strongly encourage poster presentations as a PowerPoint (or other multimedia display). You can prepare the PowerPoint as you would for a regular presentation, but keep in mind you will need to be flexible about jumping around among the slides, rewinding, and summarizing as people come and go during your session.
  • You will need to provide your own laptop for running the presentation. The room's main projector cannot be used, since we will have various concurrent poster presentations. You will talk and click thru your presentation at your table, with people following on your laptop screen.
  • The room will have WiFi, but we highly encourage you to maintain a copy of your presentation on your computer instead of streaming it from the Internet.
  • Please bring handouts for your audience, since they may prefer to follow your explanations on the handout rather than the screen.
  • You can bring additional materials to display on the table or hand out to your audience.


  • If you want to display a physical “poster,” (in addition to or instead of the PowerPoint), you will need to bring your own poster stand. In addition, we cannot tape physical posters to the walls.
  • Here is a link to free poster templates that you can use if you want to create a poster file and then print it out at a shop such as FedEx Office Printing Services. We would also like to point out that you do not need to do anything as fancy as this – you can simply print out the documents on regular 8.5 x 11 printer paper and glue them to a cardboard background to create a larger poster.
  • Please note that the conference staff will not be able to help you set up a physical poster display nor provide you with the materials needed to set it up. 

For other questions regarding your presentation, please email


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Published: Monday, March 20, 2023