Your poster should include all of the pertinent information about your project you describe in your abstract but with more detail and with eye-catching examples. The poster may include charts, tables, figures, footnotes, references and other supporting information.
Most people choose to work with PowerPoint (.ppt) files scaled to the size specified by the large-format printer. Portable Document Format (.pdf) and Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpeg) files are also acceptable. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee our ability to accommodate files formatted for Macintosh systems. If your files are for a Mac, we suggest converting them to a high resolution .pdf file when utilizing the Office of Undergraduate Research poster-printer. We may be able to assist you with converting Mac files to print your poster, but please allow extra time to explore this possibility when scheduling your printing appointment.
Change the size of your slide to poster dimensions by selecting Page Setup from the File menu. Choose dimensions according to the specific large format printer to which you will be printing. For the Office of Undergraduate Research printer, the page size must be 34 inches by 44 inches. If you are NOT printing in the OUR, be sure to check the dimensions required for the location where you are printing. Foamcore poster boards that are 40" X 60" inches will be provided to presenters at the Wash U Undergraduate Research Symposium. Posters for that symposium should not exceed that size.
Use high resolution photos and graphics whenever possible. A photo or graphic that looks clear on a standard (8.5 inches by 11 inches) page may look grainy or pixilated when enlarged for a poster. To correct this problem and avoid associated costs for multiple prints, examine your file carefully using Print Preview options AFTER increasing the dimensions of your page to poster size. If the quality is poor in Print Preview, replace those components of your poster with higher resolution elements.
Before printing, double and triple check your file for errors such as spelling mistakes or overlapping images.
Save your file on a USB portable data storage device or CD to bring to your printing appointment.