Research Poster Guidelines
Students may submit a paper on any topic, provided that the student has worked with a faculty mentor from SUNY Orange throughout the course of completing that research paper, poster, or project.
Note: If a student has completed research with a mentor from another institution through a program sponsored by SUNY Orange, please contact Michele Iannuzzi Sucich (at firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if that research is eligible for presentation at the SOARS Conference.
Approach to Creating a Poster
- Poster sessions allow effective one-on-one communication in an atmosphere of relaxed engagement.
- The poster should be the visual representation of the research following the standards specific to the discipline.
- Care should be taken to design posters that quickly and easily convey the pertinent
details of the work through the organized arrangement of visual materials like graphs,
photos, diagrams, and a small amount of text.
- Posters should be constructed on a 36 in. x 48 in. tri-fold presentation board available at most office supply stores
- Text should be readable from a distance of 3 feet.
- The following font sizes are recommended:
- Title 96 pt.
- Author and Mentor names 36-42 pt.
- Subtitles/Headings 26 pt.
- Body text minimum 16 pt.
- The following font sizes are recommended:
- The use of shadow boxes (1/4” black border) around some or all poster elements is recommended.
- The methods and tools of research/analysis will vary from discipline to discipline.
- For example, field work might be part of an anthropology presentation while lab reports might be featured in a scientific or technical paper.
- All submissions must show the results of research, reflection, and an original perspective.
- Students should work closely with their mentors early on to determine the appropriate nature and scope of their research.
Evaluation & Feedback
- Students’ work will be evaluated on the quality and originality of the research, as well as on the written submission.
- Students will receive confirmation that their research has been accepted for presentation in February.
- Mentors will receive feedback on the written component of the submission from faculty
readers by mid-February and may then share that feedback with their students.
- Students, in collaboration with their mentors, then have the option of making revisions to their written work before presenting it at the conference in mid-March.
- This deadline for feedback also will allow students interested in submitting a written paper to the regional Beacon Conference to use this feedback in preparation of their written work for the Beacon annual submission deadline in March.
Guidelines for Research:
- Research must include reputable academic sources.
- As with any research project, you are responsible for evaluating source material and ensuring the selection of credible sources. For example, Wikipedia is not considered a credible source because anyone can provide information to that website.
- In general, follow the guidelines of the particular discipline in terms of the expectations for scholarly research (i.e., for the sciences, peer-reviewed primary sources from scholarly journals).
- The method of documentation should be whatever is appropriate to the discipline (i.e., MLA for the Humanities, APA for the Social Sciences, CMS for History)
Submission Guidelines for Poster Presentations
|Detailed Submission Guidelines
The written paper must follow these guidelines:
NOTE: If the student chooses to submit a written paper by the December deadline, then the poster resulting from that research is NOT due in December. The poster should be completed in conjunction with a faculty mentor in preparation for the conference in March.
The abstract must follow these guidelines:
NOTE: If the student chooses to submit an abstract by the December deadline, then the poster resulting from that research is NOT due in December. The poster should be completed in conjunction with a faculty mentor in preparation for the conference in March.
|Images of Completed Poster
Images of the poster must include the following content:
A list of the outside source material used when creating the poster must be included with the submission (work cited page, reference list, or bibliography).
How To Submit Your Work
- Each paper, poster, or project must be submitted electronically to Michele Iannuzzi-Sucich at Michele.IannuzziSucich@SUNYOrange.edu.
- Each individual submitting to the conference must also complete the Registration Form found on the SOARS home page in the menu on the left side of that page.
- An e-mail from the faculty mentor must also be sent verifying approval of the submission.
Submission deadline: Please see the Dates to Remember Page for the current submission deadline.