Graduate Poster Session and Creative Activity Display

Graduate Poster Session and Creative Activity Display

Nebraska Union — Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A celebration highlighting graduate student research and creative activity will be held as part of the campus-wide UNL Spring Research Fair. The Graduate Student Research Poster Session and Creative Activity Display is an opportunity to showcase your research or creative activity; to communicate 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.


Register to Present Your Poster
See form for registration deadline.

Communication regarding the Poster Session will be by email so be sure the address you use when registering is an account you check regularly. (Also check its “junk” folder.) For more information contact Dr. Lisa Rohde.

Schedule for Event Day

10:00-2:00 PM
Drop off your poster or display materials at the Nebraska Union, Room 213. Graduate Studies staff will set up the poster or display for you before the poster session.

3:30-5:00 PM
Exhibits are open. You must staff your poster or display during this time.


The Office of Research and Economic Development, in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Studies, will host an awards competition that will provide students whose research poster or display is deemed outstanding by faculty judges a $400 travel grant.

Send us your poster or display materials

Faculty judges have asked for an opportunity to view your poster in advance of the poster session.

  • By Friday, March 30, email an electronic version of your poster (PDF strongly preferred) to Dr. Lisa Rohde. Students who chose to present their work in another display format will be contacted further about how to provide their display before the event.
  • Posters will be distributed to judges on April 4. If you are unable to send your poster by April 4, let Dr. Rohde know immediately so we can make accommodations.
  • Winners will be notified on Wednesday, April 17, and announced through UNL Today and the Graduate Studies website.


Posters or displays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content:
    • Clearly defines research topic/problem/hypotheses
    • Significance of research clearly stated
    • Research questions align with methods
    • Presentation of data is clear, thorough, detailed
    • Ethical issues/limitations/validity issues addressed
    • Directions for future research addressed
    • For creative works, must include discussion of meaning/significance and/or reflections on the body of work exhibited
  • Design:
    • Visually appealing
    • Well organized; easy to read
    • Conveys most important information about the project
    • Figures/tables/graphs complement presentation
    • Free of grammatical errors or misspellings

Research areas

Two students in each of the following research areas will receive an award:

  • Arts & Humanities: Art & Art History, Music, Theatre Arts & Film, Architecture, Communication Studies (Rhetoric & Public Culture), English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Journalism
  • Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Computer Science & Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
  • Engineering: All departments in the College of Engineering
  • Business and Social Sciences: All departments in the College of Business Administration plus Anthropology, Communication Studies (Interpersonal, Family, & Health Communication), Community & Regional Planning, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences: Biological Sciences, Nutrition & Health Sciences, and all departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Education: Education Psychology, Educational Administration, Child Youth & Family Studies, Special Education & Communication Disorders, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Preparing your poster or display

Basis for posters or displays

Entries should be based on research or creative activity you’ve engaged in 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. Discuss these expectations with your faculty mentor.

Printed posters

See Poster Guidelines and Templates for tips, poster size requirements, and related details like costs and deadlines for printing at the Pixel Lab.

Ask your department whether departmental funds are available to cover the cost of printing your poster. If not, the Office of Research and Economic Development has set up a special fund with the Pixel Lab to cover the cost of printing the poster. To be considered for this support, check the box on the registration form.

Other display methods

Students interested in using other display methods must submit their ideas on the registration form and will be contacted further. Presenters will be given a space roughly the size of a 6-8’ table. A table can be provided and other resources may be available.

No TVs will be available so those who want to present electronically should plan to bring a laptop, computer monitors, and/or other display methods.