Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria

Poster Judging Categories

  • Arts and Humanities (including Behavioral Science such as Business Studies and Economics)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
    Student exhibits may be entered in only one category, which should be denoted in the abstract.

Poster Judging Criteria

The purpose of a poster exhibit is to convey to a wide audience a research project's significance to scholars in the field and its potential significance to the general public. Exhibits will be judged on their quality in three areas:

  1. Content
    The exhibit must include:
    • Student name (or names, if more than one student is presenting the exhibit)
    • Collaborators, adviser(s), and department(s)
    • A short title of the exhibit
    • Funding sources (if applicable)
    • Objectives
    • Significance to the field
    • Significance to society in general
    • Methods
    • Results, interpretation of results and conclusions, and directions for future research if the project is completed. “Other” creative exhibits must include discussion of meaning and/or reflections on the body of work exhibited.
  2. Display
    The core of each exhibit is a poster with text and graphics intended for a general audience. Use of laptop computers is not permitted as part of the exhibit.
    • Poster should attract attention and convey important information about the project.
    • Language should be simple and descriptions brief. Excessive jargon should be avoided; necessary technical terms should be defined.
    • Spelling and grammar must be correct.
    • Photographs, drawings, charts, tables, or graphs should be simple, well organized, and carefully chosen when used to explain complicated technical concepts to a wide audience.
    • Poster should not exceed 3.5 feet in width and 4 feet in height (recommendation 36” x 42”)
  3. Oral Presentation
    • Each student should prepare to describe and discuss his or her exhibit, tailored specifically to make the work understandable to a non-expert audience.
    • Description should be clear and concise, and should include the major points presented on the poster.
    • Presentation must not exceed 10 minutes; judges will be instructed to observe this time limit. Note: A videotape or demonstration cannot be submitted for the discussion.
    • In cases where the student worked with collaborators, including his or her adviser, the presentation should clearly describe the student's role in the overall project.
  4. Thoroughness
    • All in all, does the project show creativity?
    • Are there indications of original, critical thought?
    • Does this project consider “all” the relevance points, issues related to the topic in hand?

Questions about the 2017 Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium should be directed to Dr. Asad Azemi, Associate Professor of Engineering, Penn State Brandywine, at 610-892-1421 or azemi@psu.edu.