At Celebration, undergraduate and graduate students present their research, artistic or creative projects through posters and oral presentations, or through interactive demonstrations, performances, or exhibits. Celebration provides important recognition and acknowledgement of the excellent work and accomplishments of our students.
Save the date for April 21, 2021!
Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity
2020 Award Winners:
Kambra Christ (1st place -undergraduate),
Jade Raleigh (2nd place - undergraduate)
and Kristin Ditter (1st place - graduate)
Upon submission of a student's abstract, faculty will receive an email to approve and/or edit the submission. Below are instructions to assist the process.
Author and sponsor names, project title and abstract will be published as submitted in the Celebration program booklet. Careful editing is required. We strongly suggest that applicants contact the prospective primary faculty sponsor for assistance with crafting a title and abstract. We also suggest that applicants run the abstract and title through a spell-check and language program to ensure correct spelling and grammar. All editing must occur before the project is approved for publication in the Celebration program booklet.
Abstracts are limited to 100 words. Here is a sample abstract.
Key aspects to include - max 100 words
Research and creative projects contain: A basic or applied research component or written documentation of a "beginning to end" creative process. Characteristics of the Research or Creative project are to be evaluated by the faculty mentor and department.
Characteristics of Excellent Projects:
Artistic - Showcase your creativity!
An artistic presentation can be a display of a painting
- or any other display in cooperation with the School of the Arts.
Interactive - Demonstrate your ideas!
What you need to know if you would like to have an interactive presentation:
Students give 10-15 minute lectures on their work. These resemble conference presentations. Audio-visual equipment can be used.
Poster - A poster is worth a thousand words!
During a two and a half hour session students discuss their research with attendees. The 3' x 4' tri-fold poster is set up on a table shared with other presenters (tri-fold display boards and clips will be available at the registration table in the Student Union the morning of the event). In a large room with close to 300 other projects, students may be presenting on the same table as another poster presentation from a different discipline.
How to Design an Effective Poster
If you are presenting a poster during Celebration of Student Research and Creativity, mark your calendar for one of the poster preparation workshops for ideas and guidelines on how to create a poster. While attendance is not required, these workshops are an important resource.
Download the preferred PowerPoint Template 3x4ft.pptx.
Your message should be straightforward in a common and meaningful language. Start thinking about how little of the content is needed to deliver the message effectively. Include as little content as possible yet make it complete.
Consider the audience. During Celebration poster session, you will not have a captive audience. Since the event is open to the entire University and general public, you will not only be sharing your ideas with individuals in your discipline. The use of jargon, abbreviations or symbols familiar to your discipline or locale should be limited to those that are meaningful for your poster. The use of discipline specific language is appropriate if you are using this information to prepare a poster for a professional event limited to your discipline.
Title - Your title should tell the "gist" of your research or creative project. Should include concise and interesting language not more than 10 words or longer then two line. Print size should be large enough for people to read that are standing in the next aisle over (ten feet away).
You should have enough information to answer the viewer's question and make them feel comfortable enough to ask you questions. Complete sentences are not always necessary. Charts, graphs, pictures and other graphic elements help draw attention. Do not repeat information. Remember, information is essential to achieve the purpose of the poster.
Rule of thirds. The tri-fold posters are already broken down into three separate sections; use the different sections to your advantage. Think about where your eye goes first and how it travels in a circular motion to see all information on a poster. You will need to achieve unity while at the same time be able to identify separate parts. All your headings should be the same color, font and size.
A brief overview of your findings may be helpful to handout to people as they pass your poster. Handing out business cards or contact information may be helpful to get some feedback on your project or to answer the audience's questions even after Celebration has been finished. Candy is always a helpful tool to bring an audience in to your project.
General Steps to Follow
Posters may be submitted to CINSAM for printing on large premium matte paper in mid-March. Early submissions are greatly appreciated. The last day to submit a CINSAM poster for printing is April 1, 2020.
CINSAM will print the posters for projects in the CINSAM departments (see faculty sponsor department list below).
Please let CINSAM know that you are a Celebration student.
Use PowerPoint to create your poster. In PowerPoint, set your page to 36 inches for height and 48 inches for width. This helps to avoid distortion of images and text. You can also download the preferred PowerPoint PosterTemplate.
Files may be submitted by students from all departments except STEM to the Office of Printing Services - if your faculty mentor is in a STEM discipline see above:
The poster session and most of the interactive presentations will be in the Student Union Ballroom, from 12:30-2:45 p.m. At 1 p.m. the President and Provost will have the honor of congratulating the students and faculty.