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Ranger Research Day

Ranger Research Day XVIII

Friday, November 17, 2023


Basic information about Ranger Research Day XVIII: 

  • Annual event, fall semester, the Friday before Thanksgiving.  This year it will be held in person in the student center ballroom.

  • Open to all NWOSU students, faculty, and staff.

  • Poster and Academic Paper competition for research projects in all disciplines.

  • Preliminary to Oklahoma Research Day, a statewide/regional research event held in March. This year University of Central Oklahoma will sponsor Oklahoma Research Day and will hold the event virtually. 

  • Student posters may be entered 'For Display Only' if authors wish to do so. 

  • Faculty posters MUST be entered 'For Display Only.'  

  • NWOSU Printing Services can print posters, if needed; contact Alica Hall, Coordinator of Printing Services, 580.327.8476, or email printshop@nwosu.edu for additional information. All posters must be submitted to NWOSU's print shop by Tuesday, November 8, 2023, for printing. Posters submitted after that date will not be printed. Link to a Poster Submission Form is located below.

Posters should not exceed 48" x 48" and should be attached to tri-fold display stands (available at Wal-Mart, Staples, Merrifield's, and other businesses); alternatively, you may provide your own easel. The university will supply easels this year but not backing boards.  

Students who choose not to develop a poster but prefer to read academic papers during the afternoon session (from 1:30 to 4:30) have a 20-minute time limit (aproximately an 8-10-page paper). Papers will be grouped into sessions by discipline or theme and will be presented over zoom. 


Print Shop Poster Printing Policy, Guidelines & Form

A great program to lay out a poster for Ranger Research Day is PowerPoint. PowerPoint is easy to work with.

To begin go to the design tab (Mac users might need to look around more to find the correct location) and click on page set up. In the page setup dialog box choose for the page layout to be set to custom. Then in the dimension boxes put in the size that you want the poster to print.

The print shop has three sizes of paper for large format/poster printing. You can choose a different dimension than the printshop offers, but they cannot print larger than 42 inches wide. The three sizes are 24”, 36”, and 42.” 

Design the poster, making sure that you use high quality pictures (when you search for pictures, click in search options that you want a large file – anything lower than 500 by 500 pixels will not look good when printed.) Once you have saved the file as a PowerPoint file, then save it as a pdf file. This is the type of file that print shop prefers. A jpg file is also acceptable. If you send the PowerPoint file, when it prints it might not end up looking how you designed it. Fonts and images can shift when going from one computer to another.

Send your finished pdf file to printshop@nwosu.edu. When you send it, make sure to include your name, the size that you want your poster printed, and the type of paper that you want it to be printed on. If you need something additional, such as grommets, then make sure to let the print shop know. If you don’t understand some of this, contact them.

The print shop accepts cash and checks for payment. Also if needed, a student can pay by credit or debit card in the business office either in person or by phone. The posters can be couriered to other campus locations as needed after payment has been received. 

The print shop has a form available for you to fill out and submit along with your file --

Print Shop Poster Submission Form

Helpful Links for Poster Construction & Paper Presentations

 Links for general information concerning poster construction and paper presentations:    

Other links of interest:

Please contact Dr. Holliday, telephone 580.327.8589 or email spholliday@nwosu.edu to report broken links.

Research Poster Templates

Below are three poster templates designed in PowerPoint. They are all 48 x 36.

Ranger Research Day Committee

  • Dr. Shawn Holliday, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, chair 

  • Dr. James Bell, Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Dr. Wayne McMillin, Dean of the Enid Campus

  • Dr. Eric Schmaltz, Professor of History

  • Dr. Aaron Mason, Professor of Political Science 

  • Mrs. Melissa Brown, M.Ed, Graduate Studies Enrollment & Retention Coordinator

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