Eastern Branch Student Poster Competition Information

Students who present posters in the Student Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:

Scientific Content (50%)

  • Title concise, informative and relevant to poster content; judge title given on poster (not Program Book)  (5 points)
  • Introduction, justification and background w/ pertinent literature cited (5 points)
  • Objectives or hypotheses: clearly stated and concise (10 points)
  • Materials and methods (study design): clear, concise, and appropriate for the problem (10 points)
  • Interpretation of results and analysis clear, concise and accurate; if poster is billboard style, the central billboard message (“hook”) is supported by data provided (10 points)
  • Significance of results to field of study clearly discussed (10 points)

Presentation (50%) 

  • Organization
    • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
    • Effective use of space; smooth transitions between sections (5 points)
  • Visual Aids
    • Legible w/ appropriate-size fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (high contrast images (for example, avoiding color schemes that are hard to distinguish for colorblind participants like red/green); if poster is billboard style, QR code functions properly and directs viewer to concise, relevant content (15 points)
    • Text with no grammatical errors and not excessively wordy (10 points)
    • Effective use and description of visuals (i.e. photos, diagrams, figures, and tables), coordinated with and cited in text (15 points)

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