CMSE poster printing is free service available only to the CMSE community. The following individuals constitute as eligible to use CMSE printing services:

  • Students and faculty currently engaged in CMSE funded research; specifically the printing of posters directly related to CMSE funded research
  • REU, RET and community college participants in CMSE’s summer education programs


All poster printer users must contact CMSE Headquarters staff by emailing the CMSE Headquarters, or by delivering your poster in a PDF format on a zipdrive to CMSE Headquarters offices in 13-2050.

  • Use of this printer is on a first come, first served basis. CMSE headquarters staff will determine the schedule. It is best to submit your poster within 24 hours of when you poster is needed. Last minute posters may still be printed, but please note that posters may take up to an hour to print and extra time may be required in the cases of unexpected printing problems. Also be mindful that your poster request may be behind other urgent requests in queue.
  • Please be sure to look over your work once your poster has been converted into a PDF to note any unwanted changes such as symbols not converted, unwanted lines, missing images, etc. If you are cannot solve your graphic issues on your own, please contact CMSE Headquarters; we may be able to assist.
  • Poster paper rolls include sizes of 24, 36, and 42 inches. At least one side of your poster will need to be scaled so that one of the edges fits to one of these sizes. Please indicate your desired poster dimensions based on one of the paper roll sizes. (The opposing side can be any size commensurate to what would be scalable.)
  • Posters may be picked up in room 13-2050 when completed.


Right-click your selected logos and save as EPS:



Poster sizing must meet the size requirements of the poster paper that CMSE provides. Please be sure to scale your poster so that at least one edge of your poster matches one of the following poster three sizes: 24 inches; 36 inches; or 42 inches.



  • Leave at least 1/2" margin on all sides in PowerPoint before saving to a PDF. Otherwise, edges may not print properly.
  • Submit your work as a PDF document to avoid any accidental changes to your work and to assure scalability.
  • Save all equations using Greek characters and/or other symbols as a vector graphic, not as a special character - non-standard fonts may not carry over properly. To save as a vector graphic, save as EPS.
  • When in doubt, always use vector graphics for rendered artwork such as diagrams, charts, or illustrations, when possible to ensure optimal image quality.
  • Dark backgrounds often work best (though not always).
  • Allow enough white space between modules and graphics in oder to create more "breathing space" in your work.
  • Pay close attention to what you want your audience to see. Design your poster with this in mind.
  • Poster must include proper logos, and proper statement of support, filling in the blank with your appropriate program name:
    • This work was supported by the CMSE/MPC Summer Internship Program, as part of the MRSEC Program of the National Science Foundation under grant number DMR-14-19807 and by the MIT Materials Processing Center.
    • This work was supported by the CMSE Community College Internship Program, as part of the MRSEC Program of the National Science Foundation under grant number DMR-14-19807.
    • Check with your supervisor or CMSE HQ for the correct statement for your research.

Printed poster examples are available to look at by contacting CMSE in advance.

For any questions, please contact, 617-253-6850, or Office: 13-2050.


Printing Submission Guidelines and DeadlinesPosters may be submitted as early as Friday, July 28. Printing will start promptly at 9:00am in order to be certain that all posters are printed.

  • E-mail your poster file to no later than noon, Monday, July 31. Late posters will be in danger of not making the printing deadline. If your file is unable to be sent via e-mail, please deliver your poster on a thumbdrive to CMSE Headquarters in room 13-2050.
  • All posters must be approved by your supervisor prior to submission. Talk with your advisor early to cover topics of personnel on the project, funding support, and intellectual property concerns.
  • Be sure to use the correct template (found below) and remember to add the appropriate logos to your poster (in the “Logos” section above).
  • Be sure to review the “Poster Tips” section above for optimal image quality.
  • Some labs have their own printing capabilities available for use. If taking advantage of this option, please email CMSE Headquarters noting that you are printing somewhere other than CMSE. In your email, please include your poster title and an electronic copy of your poster as CMSE will compile a list of these.

Let CMSE Headquarters know as soon as possible should you have any delay. Don't worry too much about waiting for last minute data that can hold up your poster; this is a snapshot of your work at the present time.


For a poster template, click for the 2018 Site Visit template.

here for the REU template,

here for the RET template,

here for the CCP template.