Undergraduate students have the opportunity to present original posters and win prizes in the annual Fall Poster Contest.
The poster contest is a judged scholarly competition that happens every fall, in which undergraduate students have a way of visually presenting information in any field. The posters usually include graphs, charts, illustrations or words, and must have been done during that semester.
“We want to celebrate student work and display it,” said Marc Dipoalo, assistant director of the honors program and associate professor of English and film. “The posters are visual, and are able to be shared with the entire school.”
The posters entered in the contest must be freestanding and no larger than 48-by-36-inches. Contestants may use a tri-fold poster board or print posters and attach them to a foam surface supported by an easel. No easels or other supplies are provided for contestants.
The first, second and third place winners of the contest usually win cash prizes, but this year Dipoalo said they are looking for some other prizes as well.
The applications to enter the contest were due Nov. 21, but every member of the campus community is encouraged to come view the posters from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 in the rotunda in Meinders School of Business.
The winners of the contest will be announced at 4 p.m. Friday. Faculty members recruited to judge announce the winners based upon rubrics given to them.
The student must be available to present their poster to the judges between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. The judges view, evaluate and rank the posters according to those rubrics.
“It’s giving the students the opportunity to present their projects and articulate their ideas to a wider audience, which is good practice for them,” said Karen Youmans, director of the honors program and associate professor of English. “It’s pre-professional work that really advances and encourages them in any field.”
Although the honors program hosts the contest with the assistance of the provost’s office, it is open to any undergraduate student. Dipoalo sends out mass invitations to faculty to invite students to apply.
“It is too late this year,” Dipoalo said. “We usually depend on those invites and word of mouth.”
Any students that would be interested for next year or just want more information can contact Dipoalo at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I would just like to encourage the entire university community to come out,” Youmans said. “I would also like to encourage students to come hear other students papers and faculty to see what students are up to.”