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Poster Display

The poster should be viewed as an organized display of your research project. It should be visually appealing, so be sure to use some color, whether on graphics, headings borders, etc. Remember, you want your poster to look professional and to catch the audience’s attention.

Posters are typically read from top to bottom and then from left to right. Do not use fonts that are difficult to read. When designing the poster, avoid long paragraphs; be brief and to the point. Short text blocks and bullet points are often effective. Do not simply cut and paste entire sections of a paper onto the poster. Consider the main points that you want to include on the poster. Your poster should include a list of references for any works cited in the poster.

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All posters will be evaluated by three judges.  Prizes will be awarded to the two highest-scoring participants in each category based on scores given by the judges. The award winners in each category will be notified via email by April 23.

The poster for the 2021 virtual Student Research Symposium will be a digital creation as a single PowerPoint slide accompanied by a 5-minute voiceover recording. Because students will not be able to discuss their poster in a public forum, the voiceover will allow them to present their research to a virtual audience.

The goal of the voiceover is to add layers and detail to the poster (explaining graphs or charts, expounding on the significance of the project, offering ideas for future research, etc.) The voiceover should add value to the poster rather than simply describe what is already on the poster. The voiceover creates a compelling story about the participant’s scholarly work and should include the following: a short introduction, the research question, a theoretical framework (if any), hypotheses (if any), a brief description of the methods, tables and/or graphs related to the findings, and an interpretation of the results.

Once the abstract has been approved, the student will receive an email with instructions on how to create the voiceover and upload the poster, which should be saved as an MP4 video file.

Submitting Your Poster – Deadline: April 14, 2021

The student’s final title, abstract, and digital poster (including the 5-minute voiceover in which the student highlights various aspects of his or her research) must be submitted by April 14 to confirm the student’s participation in the Research Symposium. Though the template is a PowerPoint slide, it is imperative that once you complete your poster and record the voiceover, you save the poster as an MP4 video file. Remember to save a copy of your digital poster as a PDF file should changes need to be made at a later time.

Please use this template to create your digital poster. Remember, once you have recorded the voiceover, save the poster as an MP4 video file and then upload it (along with your final title and abstract) using the instructions sent to you upon acceptance into the 2021 Student Research Symposium.