If your first-authored poster has been accepted for the 2019 SPSP program and you meet the other criteria, you may apply for a Student Poster Award by uploading the following documents:
1. A .pdf copy of the poster you intend to present at SPSP 2019.
Competitive posters will include each of the following sections (or sections equivalent to those) below:
Background Information or Introduction
Research Question(s) or Objective(s)
Hypotheses or Potential Outcomes (if the work is exploratory)*
Impact (of project)
Methods or Procedures
Results or Analyses
Conclusions or Discussion
Any in-text citation should be in APA format; a reference list is not required
*Work that is exploratory must be explicitly labeled as such.
Note: If you are selected to present your poster at SPSP as a finalist, you will be allowed to make minor edits to your poster prior to the convention in order to incorporate reviewer feedback. However, you should consider the poster that you submit now to be a final version, ready to be presented at a conference.
2. A 500-word (maximum) summary of the research you will be presenting in .pdf or .doc format.
The research summary should provide an overview of the research and offer information that enhances your poster. This may include more detailed explanations of related literature and how the research question was formed, any secondary analyses and results, or information the presenter might convey in conversations with an audience at their poster presentation
Note: Any submission that exceeds 500 words will be disqualified automatically. In-text citations will count towards the word limit, but a reference list will not.
Judging Criteria and Process:
There will be three rounds of judging. Links to rubrics are posted below for each round.
Round 1: In the first round of judging, submissions are evaluated on criteria that are deemed critical for the successful composition and presentation of an academic poster (e.g., successful use of graphs and figures, clearly organized layout). All submissions will receive Round 1 feedback. Posters that score above the 50th percentile in Round 1 will move onto the second round of judging.
Round 2: In the second round of judging, the reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Scores from this round will be used to select 10 poster finalists.
Round 3: In the third round of judging, the 10 final undergraduate student posters (exhibited at SPSP in the Student Poster Award Hall) will be evaluated by “secret judges” (typically faculty members). In addition to the criteria mentioned above, scores in this round will be determined on the basis of how well authors present their posters in person (e.g., their ability to answer questions, guide viewers through the poster, and communicate the important elements of the research presented).
For more information about what to include within each section of your poster and research summary, or for more details about the judging criteria, please reference the public judging rubrics for Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.
Preparing Your Files for Blind Review:
Please name your research summary file "USPA_Abstract" and name your poster file “USPA_Poster”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your research summary, poster, AND file names before uploading your submission.
Note: Any submission with identifying information will be automatically disqualified.
How to Submit:
Submissions for the 2019 Undergraduate Student Poster Award will be accepted October 15 - 31, 2018.