Call for Research Poster Abstracts

The College of Engineering is will conduct the 12th annual Research Open House on Thursday, April 10, 2014. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to prepare and display posters highlighting their research. The poster competition is open to all visitors, including student researchers from any College or University.
Deadline for poster astract registration is Friday, February 28, 2014.

POSTER REGISTRATION:
Students must f
ill out the poster registration form to submit a poster. Registration forms will be electronically compiled based on your judging category. Please make sure your judging category is correct before submitting the form. You may contact  Melissa Ward or Joel Steele for any questions or problems. A list of Poster Abstracts will be published in a booklet and be available at the Student Luncheon. Additional copies may be available after April 11, 2014 in the Dean's Office.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS:
Each poster should be staffed with at least one author to explain the research to judges and visitors. Presentation schedules will be emailed to students approximately one week prior to the Open House. Posters should be printed and ready for display on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 between the hours of 1:00-5:00 pm. Each poster must be displayed by 9:00 am on Thursday, April 10, 2014 and removed by 5:00 pm. Posters left after 5:00 pm will be available to pick up for a few days before being discarded. 

POSTER JUDGING:
Poster submissions may be reviewed by
corporate partners, alumni, faculty, staff or fellow students. Awards will be given an undergraduate and graduate poster from each of the departments and centers. In addition, authors contributing a poster will be eligible for a random drawing of prizes at the Student Luncheon. Judging results will be awarded at the Student Luncheon, April 11, 2014. Posters will be ranked based on 4 major criteria, you may view the Judging forms for specifics.

GUIDELINES AND POSTER REQUIREMENTS:
Each poster should include an introduction to the topic, its key points, and a summary of the results. Your poster should be self-explanatory. This will help people who might come to view it while you are discussing your project with someone else. Consider bringing reprints of your research to accommodate requests for a more detailed overview of your project. Please check out the following site for information on how to make a successful research poster http://writing.engr.psu.edu/posters.html.

Materials: The width of the poster MUST fit within the 36", however, the length of the poster can be between 48" (4') and 70" (6'). Poster text may be printed directly on white paper or on thin, lightweight colored poster paper or cardboard. Do not use heavy board or foam core, as these materials may be difficult to display.

Type Size: Your poster will be viewed from a distance of a meter or more. To aid public viewing, please make the type in your "Title and Author" section readable from a distance. All other text should be approximately 20 pt. Use a heavy, legible font that is free from unnecessary ornamentation (such as Helvetica or Helvetica Bold).

Graphics, Photographs and Drawings: Presenting data in graphic form may be clearer and more memorable than including it in tables. Provide each figure with a legend stating a clear, concise message in large type. The legend can contain commentary that would normally appear in the body of a manuscript. It should describe the content of the figure and the conclusions derived. Details of the methodology should be brief and placed at the end of the legend.

Arrangement and Content: The title, author(s) names, and departmental affiliation should be centered at the top. Consistency in this will make it easier for viewers to scan and browse. In addition, you should include the authors' affiliation(s) and an address to which people can write for further information. In general, lay out your poster so that the information flows down in columns, rather than across in rows. Your introduction should be placed at the upper left and your conclusion at the lower right. Number each part of the poster (the poster tiles) so that the flow of information is clear.

Printable Quick Reference Poster Size & Layout Requirements

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Ward or Joel Steele.