2020 Science Research Symposium
Join us for the 15th Annual Science Research Symposium, highlighting undergraduate and graduate student research projects. This celebration of student research will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020 on the University Quad in front of Building 8. Students conducting research in the College of Science are invited to submit their work for the Research Symposium.
Location: University Quad in front of Building 8
- Presenters check-in 11:30
- Welcome/lunch served: Noon
- Poster Session: Noon–2 p.m.
- *Family members and advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend*
We hope to see you at the Symposium!
Who can participate?
Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science are encouraged to submit abstracts and posters. Projects can be at any stage, from preliminary to completed senior projects or master's theses/projects. Faculty, please encourage your students to submit an abstract and plan to attend this event celebrating student research.
The College of Science will provide free glossy finish poster printing for all participating students. Please see guidelines below. All poster printing through the College of Science must be submitted online only. Submissions via email or in person will not be accepted. Online submissions will serve as the official notification to the college of a student's participation in the research symposium. If a participant is unable to submit a poster by the April 13 deadline at 5:00 p.m., alternate printing arrangements can be made with these local vendors for a fee.
If you don't need poster printing you can submit your abstract and poster up until one week before the event. Please use the same submission form and include a PDF of your existing poster.
Abstract Template (.docx)
Poster Presentation Guidelines
- To save on printing costs, if you already have a poster that is suitable for presentation, do not make a new one.
- If you need to make a new poster, the dimensions must be set to 41 inches wide by 41 inches tall. Yes, that is a hard limit. Any size smaller or larger will not be accepted.
- Text, graphs, charts, pictures, graphics should have a minimum 0.5 inch margin on all sides of the poster.
- It is recommended that you use the PowerPoint poster template provided.
- PowerPoint files should be saved to a pdf format and be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. of April 13. If you don't need poster printing you may submit your abstract up until April 20 but still need to upload a PDF of your poster during submission and your advisor's approval email.
- Your poster, including graphs, legends, introductory and concluding material, will be viewed from a distance of 3 feet or more. To be readable, the smallest lettering should be at least 6 mm high (18 point). Titles should be at least 1" (72 point).
- Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to discuss and answer questions from your colleagues. Keep the presentation as simple as possible, with minimal text. The figures, tables and summary should cover about 50% of the poster area.
- Arrange your poster in columns rather than in rows. It is easier for viewers to scan a poster by moving up and down as they are walking along its length rather than zigzagging back and forth in front of it. The sequence of illustrations should be indicated with numbers at least 2 cm high, preferably in bold print. Remember that illustrations may be viewed from a distance.
- Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines in large type (8 mm) that provides a brief (one or two lines) descriptive message or conclusion. More detailed information should be provided in a legend in smaller type below the figure. The legend should contain commentary that would ordinarily appear in the body of the manuscript.
- Prepare a draft of the poster and obtain input from colleagues before the meeting to help make a well-organized, informative, and effective poster.