Graduate Poster Session

Graduate Poster Session

Nebraska Union — Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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 and Creative Activities Poster Session 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.


Deadline for registration: 3:00 PM Friday, March 18, 2016.

Register to Present Your Poster

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 Maggie Jobes.

Schedule for April 12

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

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

Poster competition

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 is deemed outstanding by faculty judges a $400 travel grant.

Send us your poster

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

  • By Wednesday, April 6, email an electronic version of your poster (PDF strongly preferred) to Dr. Elizabeth Edwards. Students with ePosters can send their poster in the format they will be presented.
  • Posters will be distributed to judges on April 7. If you are unable to send your poster by April 6, let Dr. Edwards know immediately so we can make accommodations.
  • Winners will be notified on Tuesday, April 19 and announced through UNL Today and the Graduate Studies website.


Posters 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, 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, 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

Basis for posters

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.

Creating your poster

See Poster Guidelines and Templates for:

  • Tips and details for preparing your poster
  • Costs and deadlines for printing at the Pixel Lab
  • Requirements for printed posters (max 40″ by 48″) vs. e-posters (limited number of 40″ screens)

Printing costs

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.