CNMS Annual Summer
Undergraduate Research Fest (SURF) at UMBC


The following items are available to help 2012 SURF participants:

1. Abstract Template - Available in two formats: M.S.Word and PDF format

2. One-sheet poster Template - sized for printing 36-inch wide by 42-inch long posters, which may be downloaded here as a Powerpoint file.
(If you have problems downloading the file, contact surf@umbc.edu and a template file will be emailed to you.)

3. Banner Template - sized for printing 36-inch wide title banners to be used with multiple-panel posters. Multiple-panel posters are acceptable and allow more time for the student researchers to compile their results and then print panels of their presentation themselves using Powerpoint or similar software programs. Students often like to mount their printed panels on cardboard in coordinating colors to enhance the presentation. Multiple-panel posters are better suited for last minute revisions to the presentation.

4. Important Note:

Mr. Tim Ford, UMBC Illustrative Services, is unable to accept requests for printing after 9:00 a.m., August 1, 2012.

Request for Printing form for the UMBC Graphics Lab is available here in two formats: M.S.Word and pdf format . If you have a problem downloading the form, please contact surf@umbc.edu and the form will be emailed to you. Please be aware that there is a cost for one sheet poster or banner printing; therefore a PS ChartString or other authorization is needed before a request can be processed.

Remember to save your file frequently as you work on your poster. Here are some additional tips from the Graphics Lab website:

  • Work on one computer as much as possible. Switching back and forth, especially between the operating systems of different computer, can cause problems.
  • Do not use dark backgrounds and white text. This uses large quanitities of ink that are expensive, take longer to dry, sometimes run, and sometimes can change color mid-poster
  • Many colors used in posters print much darker than they may appear on the computer monitor
  • The Graphics lab reserves the right to make changes to your poster, such as lightening the background color, if deemed necessary.
  • For more information, visit: http://www.umbc.edu/biosci/graphics/html/index.htm


Important: If another shop or resource is used for poster printing, please be sure to check on the amount of time required to complete and pick up the finished product to avoid problems in getting the poster printed by Tuesday, August 7, in preparation for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fest on August 8.

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