A celebration highlighting graduate student research and creative activity will be held on April 10, 2013, at the Nebraska Union as part of the campus-wide 2013 UNL Spring Research Fair. The Graduate Student Poster Session gives students the opportunity to showcase their research or creative activity; to communicate their results to other students, faculty and staff; and to facilitate the interdisciplinary work on campus by exchanging knowledge and ideas between individuals, labs, and disciplines.
Basis for posters
Entries should be based on research or creative activity in which you have been involved significantly during the past year. Standards of the entries are expected to be at the level that is common at regional and national discipline meetings. We advise that you discuss these expectations with your faculty mentor. You may wish to practice presenting a poster prior to presenting at a discipline conference or submit a poster that was presented at a conference. There will be no formal evaluation or judging at the Poster Session. All participants in the Poster Session will receive a Certificate of Participation.
This year’s Graduate Poster Session will focus on three themes:
Consider how your research falls into or expands upon any of these areas. Think broadly, using the key research areas and descriptions to help fuel your imagination. You will be asked to categorize your research within one of these topics when you register to present your poster.
Deadline for registration: 5:00 PM Friday, March 29, 2013.
Poster session schedule
Tuesday, April 9: 8-10 AM and 3-5 PM
Wednesday, April 10: 3-5 PM
Posters must be dropped off on Tuesday because Wednesday’s scheduling constraints allow you no opportunity to set up your poster before the poster session. Graduate Studies staff will set up your poster for you in your assigned space on Wednesday.
Preparing for the event
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.
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.
Most departments will have funds available for student posters. However, 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 email@example.com or 402-472-2869.