The department’s next Research Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2022, and we will once again be holding a poster competition as part of the event.
Remember, it’s not just research that you can present on a poster. Internships, capstone projects, club activities, and other educational experiences can be the topic of your poster too.
What can you win?
First place poster: $500
Second place poster: $350
Third place poster: $200
Eligibility: A student must be a registered undergraduate or graduate student in a major in the Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in good academic standing to enter the exhibition.
- You must use an EME Poster Template layout for your poster. Download the PowerPoint template.
- The templates offer various layouts and commonly used section headings. You do not need to use all the section headings in your poster.
- Limit the Introduction/Abstract to 75-100 words. It should not dominate your poster.
- Proofread and edit your poster carefully.
Posters will be judged on their quality in four areas:
- Content: The poster should testify to the careful design and execution of the project and present clear results that are well interpreted. Text and graphics should be intended for a general audience. When applicable, the poster should include: (1) a clear, descriptive title; (2) student's name (or names, if more than one student is presenting the exhibit); (3) collaborators, advisor(s), and department(s); (4) objectives/goals; (5) methods/experiences; (6) results/findings; (7) significance to the field, to society in general, or to your education and career; (8) directions for future work; (9) acknowledgements that include funding sources and proof of regulatory committee approval, as needed.
- Organization/Clarity: Poster dimensions are set at 3 feet high by 4 feet wide (36” x 48”). The poster should attract attention and convey information. Language should be simple and descriptions brief. Jargon should be avoided, and necessary technical terms should be defined. Spelling and grammar must be correct. All text should be large enough to be read from a distance of 4 to 6 feet. Photographs, drawings, charts, tables, or graphs should be simple, well organized, and carefully chosen to quickly explain technical concepts to a wide audience. Your topic should be clearly evident, and the layout of the poster should logical, and provide sequential information from intro to conclusion and references.
- Appearance/Design: Posters should be visually appealing and strongly effective. They should be easy to read and utilize creativity in use of fonts, headings, colors, and white space.
- Presentation: Each student should prepare and record an oral discussion of his or her poster, tailored specifically to make the work understandable to a non-expert audience. This discussion should be clear and concise and should include the major points presented on the poster. It must not exceed five minutes in length. If the student worked with collaborators on the project, including his or her advisor, this presentation should clearly describe the student's role in the overall project.
The specific things that judges will look for in your oral presentation include:
- Completeness: all the major points articulated, e.g. explanations of research questions, background, process and techniques, results, as well as the role(s) of student(s) in the overall project if students work with collaborators
- Confidence: make eye contact and speak in a clear, professional manner
- Clarity: articulating ideas clearly and logically and keeping the audience’s attention throughout the presentation
- General Audience: that your presentation is geared to a general audience
- Timing: presentation does not last more than five minutes
Submitting Your Poster and Talk
- Use Zoom to record your poster talk. Share your screen of the poster file while you record the video of you speaking in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
- Talks can be no longer than 5 minutes. Time yourself and practice before making your final recording.
- When you are happy with your talk video, copy the URL for the file from Zoom to share in the submission form, and make sure that your settings allow us to download the video:
- Log in to Zoom: https://zoom.psu.edu/
- Click on “Recordings” on the left-hand tool bar.
- Go to the video you are submitting and click the “Share…” button on the right.
- Click the slider next to “Viewers can download” if it is not already toggled on (blue).
- Click on “show” across from “Sharing Information.”
- Copy the URL for the recording and submit that URL on the submission form.
- Also before the submission deadline, please complete a video release form. Under “Event or Activity” write, “2022 EME Research Showcase Poster Competition.”
- Your poster and talk will be included in an online poster gallery on the EME website for judging. Competition judging will be done using the videos/poster files prior to the live event.
- The live poster exhibition will be the final event of the EME Research Showcase, a reception running from 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 27, in room 134 of the HUB-Robeson Center, where we will display your printed posters and you can be available to discuss your work with showcase attendees. Contest winners will be announced at the reception.
- Science Communication in Earth and Mineral Sciences: https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/c.php?g=821826&p=5891287
SUBMIT YOUR POSTER AND VIDEO - The deadline for submissions is NOON on Monday, April 11, 2022.