Department Research Day 2024

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is hosting its first annual Research Day on May 30th, 2024! This poster session is open to all trainees, staff, and faculty in the department, and will be held from 12:00PM – 2:00PM at the Gordon Center in the 3rd floor mezzanine. Come enjoy some food and beverages as you learn about ongoing research in the department.

If you wish to present a poster, the deadline to reserve a spot is May 1st at 5pm CST.

Please fill out this brief REDCap form if you plan to present a poster at the meeting. 

Poster Templates

Feel free to use any of the following poster templates.

You do not have to use these templates for your presentation, so feel free to get creative with your own poster design! See the University of Chicago page for color schemes and logos, as well as the Pritzker SoM Poster Preparation page for more design resources. For more information on how to create an effective poster, see the Tips and Tricks section below.

Poster Printing

There are several options available for poster printing. Whichever option you choose, make sure to leave enough time for the poster printing, as some businesses can take 1-3 business days to process your request. Please keep in mind that all posters should be H 36″x W 48″ in size.

We strongly recommend that you use the Booth School of Business – Poster & Banner Production services, as this will be the easiest strategy for payment purposes. Payment for poster printing will be done internally and there is no need to go through a reimbursement process. Details are below:

  • Location: Chicago Booth Harper Center; Room 108B
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • FAS Account Number: XXXX (NOTE: The FAS account is for PGY’s and fellows only. Faculty and other trainees will need to work with their respective mentors to cover poster printing costs.)
  • Submit copy jobs to
    • In your email, include PDF file of poster, size specifications (H36″xW48″), and attach the Account Charge Authorization form complete with your contact information, correct number of posters you will be printing out, and your signature
    • Example Account Charge Authorization form
    • Orders will be completed within three business days (Note: Due to a potentially high volume of presenters utilizing this copy center, we strongly recommend you submit your poster for printing as early as possible to allow enough time for the job to finish. You may consider submitting it 4-5 days ahead of the poster session).
    • Once your order is ready, the copy center will email you a notification to pick-up your poster in person.

If you choose to not use the Booth Business Center, other options for poster printing include FedEx or PosterNerd. If you are a trainee, please coordinate with your faculty mentor regarding reimbursement.

FedEx Office – Print & Ship Center -1315 E. 57th Street – Chicago, IL 60637

PosterNerd – you may decide to print a poster with PosterNerd using the following directions, but be sure to check estimated shipping and delivery timelines:

    1. Select “Print My Poster”
    2. Select “Glossy” or “Matte” Paper under media
    3. Select your poster size (standard size is H 36″ x W 48″)
    4. Select “Upload/Order your poster”
    5. Enter shipment and payment information

Poster Awards

Four poster awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Clinical Translation Impact
  • Methodological Innovation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Overall

Tips & Tricks for Presenting a Research Poster

Even if you have presented a poster before, learning how to present a successful poster is an ongoing process. As seen here, keep the following in mind:

  • In general, your poster should include your title, authors, Background, Methods, and Results. You may add more sections if you’d like (e.g. Aims/Hypotheses, Conclusions, Future Directions), but the above categories should be the framework for a successful poster.
  • The poster design should allow the viewer to become quickly oriented to the research topic and results sections.
  • Bear in mind that attendees will most likely be viewing your poster from a few feet away as they pass by, meaning your lettering and figures should be large enough to be viewed from 3-5 feet away.

For a great explanation on How to Create a Better Research Poster in Less Time, watch this video from #BetterScience.

Please also see this presentation by Dr. Amy Hark, Assistant Director of the Graduate Career Development Center for more recommendations on creating an effective poster.

Important FAQs

    • Who can present and/or attend Research Day?
      • Everyone in the department is welcome to attend Research Day and/or present a poster. This includes: Faculty, social workers, post-doctoral scholars, psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, psychology interns, graduate students, master’s students, PREP students, research staff, and undergraduate students.
    • What are the formatting specifications for my poster?
      • Posters should be 36″x48″ in size. They may have either a horizontal or vertical layout.
    • What if I wish to withdraw my poster from the event after submitting a REDCap form?
      • Please email Molly Erickson ( and indicate that you would like to remove your poster from the list of presenters as soon as possible.
    • Where is it located?
      • The poster session will be held in the Gordon Center in the 3rd floor mezzanine. The Gordon Center is located at 929 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60615.
    • If I’m presenting a poster, what time do I need to arrive?
      • Please arrive by 11:30AM to ensure that your poster is mounted by the beginning of the session at noon. 
    • Do I need to register if I am not presenting a poster?
      • Nope! Just show up and have fun!
    • I don’t see the answer to my question here, who can I contact?
      • For any more questions or concerns about Research day, please email Molly Erickson (