The 2021 Student Poster Competition will be held on Thursday, February 11, from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. in the Knowledge Commons at Penn State Great Valley. Posters will remain on display in the Knowledge Commons through Wednesday, February 17.
Why submit a poster to the Student Poster Competition?
- First place: $500
- Second place: $350
- Third place: $150
The first place winner will have the opportunity to participate in this year's university-wide Graduate Research Poster Presentation and Design Expo at the University Park campus. Penn State Great Valley will cover the cost of travel for the presenter of the winning team.
In addition to the cash prizes, participants will:
- Learn to summarize information and present it visually on a poster.
- Enhance their presentation skills by concisely and accurately explaining their work.
- Demonstrate poise and mental agility before faculty and peers.
- Discuss their research and subject knowledge, while maximizing networking opportunities.
- Register by January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
- Final posters should be emailed as a PDF to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. for printing.
What should be the focus of the poster?
Research, experiential learning, and creative activity relevant to the study of computers, information sciences, engineering management, software design, systems engineering, business management, travel abroad/cultural immersion, and entrepreneurship and general engineering may serve as the subject of a poster. Relevant topics can also include:
- Capstone projects
- Service learning opportunities
- In-progress projects (these can be research-oriented or related to a new business/product/service)
- Other educational experiences
Who can enter?
Any graduate/undergraduate student enrolled in classes through Penn State Great Valley or World Campus during the 2020–21 academic year is eligible to participate.
While these can be individual or team projects supervised under the guidance of a research adviser or instructor, the student participant(s) must be the principal contributor(s) and Penn State Great Valley students. Co-authors do not have to be affiliated with Penn State Great Valley.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost to present. Students who submit their final posters by Friday, January 22 at 11:59 p.m. will have their posters printed by Penn State Great Valley. Mounting materials, easels, and clips will be provided.
How will the posters be evaluated?
Judges will evaluate the posters between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11. Participants must be there to present during that time window.
Participants will be scored on aesthetics, content, and presentation skills according to an evaluation sheet.
Participants are required to set up posters between 3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m., and should be prepared to provide a brief, five-minute explanation of the poster including background, process, techniques, and results. Posters will remain on display in the Knowledge Commons through Wednesday, February 17.
What are the guidelines?
Please use the provided template. Posters that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified for entry.
How are entries submitted?
Interested individuals must complete the registration form by January 13 at 11:59 p.m.