Registration Information and Poster Guidelines

The College of Engineering's 18th Annual Research Open House on Thursday, April 2, 2020 is CANCELED. The plan is to reschedule the event in the Fall of 2020.

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.

Students must f
ill out the poster registration form to register your poster. Please read the following instructions carefully; you will need to gather some information before you register.


Be sure to have the following information readily available during the registration process:

  1. Names of all poster authors/researchers - choose one as Poster Representative for registration and presentation to judges (must be a student)
  2. The Poster Representative should fill out this registration form. Only one registration contact per poster is necessary
  3. Poster title and abstract (50-100 words)
  4. Determine which department/center you want to be affiliated with for poster judging
  5. Determine what time you will be available to present the poster on April 2

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 Kristina Venzke for any questions or problems.  Please be accurate, as the poster titles, abstracts, and poster session time can not be changed after the qualtrics survey is submitted.  

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kristina Venzke in advance at 319-335-5614 or

Each poster should be staffed with at least one author to explain the research to judges and visitors. Presentation time reminders will be emailed to students no later than one week prior to the Open House. Posters should be already printed and ready for display on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 between the hours of 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Each poster will be displayed from 9:00 am on Thursday, April 2, 2020 through Friday morning, April 3, 2020.  All posters must be removed by Friday at 2:00 pm. Posters left after 2:00 pm on Friday will be discarded

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, Friday, April 3, 2020.  Posters will be ranked based on 4 major criteria, you may view the Judging forms for specifics.

Printable Quick Poster Size & Layout Requirements PDF iconroh_posterrequirements.pdf

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

Materials: The size of the poster must not exceed 42" wide (including margins). The 42 inch dimension is based on the fact that the COE printer is set to print at 42 inches wide. If you print your poster and it leaves a white blank strip because your poster is less than 42 inches wide, please bring it already trimmed for hanging. If you have a poster that is already printed because you made it for another event, you can use it regardless of the dimensions (no need to reprint/redesign it - but please contact Kristina Venzke ahead of time to let her know the if your dimensions are very different than this)

Poster text may be printed directly on white paper or on thin, lightweight colored poster paper, cardboard, or fabric. Do not use heavy board or foam core, as these materials may be difficult to display.

Please plan on printing your poster early! The COE printer will be very busy at the time of ROH, as there are other conferences going on for which students print posters. You must make arragements with your Department for the poster printing details before you print your poster (speak with the Department Admins). When ready, submit your poster for printing here.

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. The background color should be white, for easier viewing and reduced printing costs.

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.