Registration Information and Poster Guidelines

The College of Engineering will conduct the 17th Annual Research Open House on Thursday, April 11, 2019. 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.

POSTER REGISTRATION
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.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - check back here on February 1, 2019

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

  1. Name of your faculty advisor
  2. All your presentations, publications, and awards during the last year
  3. All poster authors/researchers
  4. Poster title and abstract (50-100 words) and all poster authors
  5. The thesis or dissertation title

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. A list of Poster Abstracts will be published in a booklet, so please be accurate.  The booklets will be available at the Student Recognition Luncheon. 

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 already printed and ready for display on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 between the hours of  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Each poster will be displayed from 9:00 am on Thursday, April 11, 2019 through Friday, April 12, 2019 after the College of Engineering Advisory Board has met with students between 7:30 am - 8:30 am. All posters must be removed by Friday at 2:00 pm. Posters left after 2:00 pm on Friday will be 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, Friday, April 12, 2019.  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

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 size of the poster must not exceed 42" wide (including margins). The 42” dimension is based on the fact that the printer is set to print at 42” wide. If less than that, it leaves a white blank strip that is not very attractive. You can choose the dimensions of your poster, but if it prints at less than 42” wide, you will need to cut off the blank excess area.  Please bring it already trimmed and ready for hanging.  We expect posters that are 42” or less when we plan out the space needed for hanging all the posters. If you have a poster that is already printed because you produced it for a different event, you can use that (no need to redesign/reprint).  (42” = 42 inches).

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.

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.