What is the general structure of the competition? The competition will have two rounds. In the first round, students will compete within their departments against one another and be judged by a faculty member from another department. In the second round, the winners from each department will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. This round is judged by industry folks.
What are the rules for the competition? Each competitor will have 3 minutes to talk through their research poster and 2 minutes of follow-up questions from judges. You will be judged on the visual presentation of your poster as well as your ability to effectively communicate your research. Remember you are being judged by faculty outside of your department! The poster needs to be 24" x 48" and saved and submitted as a PDF.
What is different about the competition with it being virtual? Due to COVID, the event will be held virtually using Webex. Each contestant is being asked to submit their 3-minute presentation as a video and their poster as a PDF prior to the event. The moderator in each room will play your video when it is your turn to compete. Following the video, the judges will have 2 minutes to ask you questions live.
Is there a format or requirement for the videos? Contestants can use screen sharing functions on Webex or Zoom to record themselves talking through their poster. An example video will be shared here shortly. The video can be NO longer than 3 minutes or it will be cut off. Students are asked to then upload their video to Youtube and send us the link to their video and a PDF of their poster via Google form at the link below. If your research contains sensitive content that cannot be shared, you can make the Youtube upload private. See the video below for more guidelines.
Why should you compete? The annual poster competition is a great way to practice making a research poster, communicating your research, and networking with students and faculty from other departments. On top of that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as department winners will receive cash prizes! $1000, $500, $250, and $50 respectively.
Watch the video below to learn how to make your video for the competition and learn about the expected format.
Click HERE to view the judging rubric.