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Geology and Geography

UNCP Cartography Competition

Submission to the Spring 2015 UNCP Cartography Competition.

Step 1: Register and submit your poster/map abstract to the PURC Symposium

Step 2: Fill out the form below to enter the Cartography Competition

Step 3: Submit your poster/map by April 1 per the PURC Symposium guidelines

Step 4: Present your poster on April 8 per the PURC Symposium guidelines 

Internship and field school information

Poster basics and links

There are many approaches to creating a poster and you should sit down with your faculty mentor to discuss details from what images to use to ensuring your text is edited. However, here are a few notes on preparing the document for printing.

Software: Most posters that come to us to be printed are created using PowerPoint and the explanations below are written with PPT in mind. PowerPoint provides a fairly familiar interface for interacting with images, text, and tables. Students more comfortable in a vector graphics application such as Adobe Illustrator or the open source Inkscape; or a raster graphics application such as Adobe Photoshop or the open source GIMP; are welcome to use these as well, but please be sure to save your document in a standard format such as PDF to make sure we can open your poster. Similarly, if you are working from home and do not have PowerPoint, you may want to use OpenOffice on PC or Keynote on Mac, making sure to save your document as a ppt.

Poster size: The standard size of posters for both the RISE and PURC events during the year is 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall (48×36). To set the page size in PowerPoint 2007 or later go to the Design tab and locate the Slide Size tool. Once you have opened the Slide Size tool select Custom, set the width to 48 and the height to 36.

Image size: Please be sure that any images you use are at least 100 dpi/ppi. If you stretch any images larger than its original size, zoom in to 100% using the slider tool in the bottom right of the window to make sure the image does not become pixelated. Also, make sure that you do not elongate your image. You can check that you do not change the aspect ratio by right clicking the image and selecting Size and Position and ensuring the Scale Height and Scale Width are the same value.

Text boxes: You can define the width of text boxes once they have been created by right clicking on the bounding box and selecting Size and Position and defining the width. You can also ensure your boxes are aligned by choosing the position tab and setting the vertical and/or horizontal position.


Duplicate poster charges

Prices for duplicates or departmental printing

Paper Size* Paper Type Price per Poster
24" Recycled/Bond $5.00
24" Heavy Weght Coated $10.00
24" Satin/Semi-gloss $15.00

*for 24" posters longer than 42" additional charges may apply

Paper Size Paper Type Price per Poster
36" Recycled/Bond $10.00
36" Heavy Weght Coated $15.00
36" Satin/Semi-gloss $20.00

for 36" posters longer than 56" additional charges may apply

Paper Size Paper Type Price per Poster
42" Heavy Weght Coated $20.00
42" Satin/Semi-gloss $30.00

for 42" posters longer than 60" additional charges may apply

Submitting a poster

Policies and pricing

The Department of Geology and Geography, with the support of PURC, supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the university through poster printing for conferences and related academic presentations on and off campus. Please use this form to submit posters for upcoming conferences.

Never made a poster? Check out these hints and links.

Please keep in mind that:

  • Your poster should be free of typos and errors prior to submission.
  • Files should be in PowerPoint, PDF, or Photoshop compatible image format.
  • Posters should be submitted at least one week prior to when you need to pick it up.
  • You will be contacted via the email supplied once your poster has been printed, please pick up your poster as soon as it is convenient.
  • Presenters are not charged for the first copy of the poster, but will be charged for duplicates.
  • If your poster is not tied directly to the academic mission of the university, please visit Printing Services in Business Services for details.


Geology and Geography

Geology and Geography courses provide the scientific foundation for the investigation and understanding of the physical and cultural environments of the Earth and their interactions.

Geography provides the basis for measurement of the physical world, the role of mankind as inhabitant of the dynamic Earth, and the spatial variation of human activity.

Students on field trip to Arches National ParkGeology provides the basis for investigation and understanding of the Earth itself.

The curriculum of the Department of Geology and Geography is designed to fulfill multiple needs of students in learning about this dynamic environment.

The main purposes are to provide: 1) training for future geoscience professionals; 2) courses that help all students fulfill General Education requirements; and 3) courses for students seeking North Carolina Teacher Licensure in Science and Middle Grades Education. Courses in Geography can be used to meet General Education requirements in Social Sciences. Courses in Geology can be used to meet General Education requirements in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.   

We offer a degree in Geo-Environmental Studies. Additionally, students in any major can minor in geology or geography.


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