Poster Competition 2013 (Deadline revised to March 25)

Last year we had seven cash winners. This year it could be you! You can’t win if you don’t enter.

Schedule of Poster Competition

All sessions will be held in the Nebraska Union, except where indicated.

Agenda is subject to change due to speaker commitments. Please check regularly for the most current schedule.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Graduate Research Forum
1:00 to 3:00 PM (Regency A, B, C)
Registration required for presenters

Graduate Student Poster Session
3:00 to 5:00 PM (Centennial)
Registration required for presenters

Undergraduate Workshop: Planning and Preparing for Graduate School
5:00 to 6:30 PM (Regency A, B, C)
Registration requested for attendance


Thursday, April 11, 2013

EHS Colloquium Series: Enhancing Laboratory Safety
1:30 to 3:00 PM (Regency Suite)
Presented by Dr. Craig Merlic, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety

Undergraduate Research Conference
3:00 to 5:00 PM (Centennial and Ballroom)
Registration required for presenters

Poster guidelines and tips

  • A poster is a visual representation of the work that you have accomplished; it should “tell the story” of the work you have done.
  • A Microsoft PowerPoint slide is an easy way to design your poster. The first step is to set your paper size under Design > Page Setup.
  • The maximum poster size is 40 inches by 48 inches. Posters should not be mounted on poster board or foam core, but you may want to consider laminating yours if you’ll be using it for multiple events.
  • Do not fill your poster with text; a general guideline is to designate 20% for text, 40% for graphics, and 20% for empty space. The most effective posters have minimal text.
  • It is always a good idea to have someone proofread your poster before you send it for final printing.
  • Be sure to talk to your advisor or mentor about the norms for developing a poster in your discipline. Here are general tips, but you should follow any discipline-specific guidelines when developing your poster.

Printing costs

We highly recommend that you print your poster at the UNL Instructional Design Center. It’s located in Henzlik Hall, Room 122, and costs $8 a lineal foot. The maximum width of the printer is 40″. A 40″ x 48″ poster will cost approximately $32; laminating is extra. At another retail copy center the same poster can cost as much as $105.

If you don’t have departmental support for printing your poster, the Research Fair has set up a special fund with the Instructional Design Center to cover the cost of printing the poster. If you want to be considered for this support, check the box on the registration form. To be eligible for this support you must register by Friday, March 22, and your poster must be submitted to the Instructional Design Center no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 29. Your poster may not exceed 40″ x 48″.

Instructional Design Center
Henzlik Hall Room 122

Day of the poster session

  • You are expected to be at your assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented. (If you cannot remain the entire time, we will take your poster down and you may pick it up at Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall.)
  • Greet people who walk by.
  • Be prepared to respond to questions concerning all aspects of the project.
  • Have a brief “prepared” statement about your research. People will often come to you and say, “Tell me about your research in 1 minute.”
  • You can also have a handout of supplemental materials or a reduced version of your poster on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
  • Consider participating in the Graduate Research Forum from 1:00 to 3:00 PM as a presenter or audience member.

Communication about the poster session

Communication regarding the Poster Session will be sent to the e-mail address students provide on the registration form. Please be sure to use your primary e-mail and to check your “junk” or “bulk” mail boxes for communication. For more information, contact Justina Clark at jclark17@unl.edu or 402-472-2869.