- Who Can Participate?
- Submit an Abstract
- Submit Your Poster
- Poster Competition
- Judging Criteria
- Program Schedule
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
Discover various research activities conducted by School of Public Health students from all degree programs and disciplines. Presentations will aim to support this year’s theme—Bigger Imaginations Yield Better Results— which will focus on strategies highlighting creative solutions and fresh thinking used to confront the world’s most pressing health challenges.
The day will include:
- Gaylord Anderson Memorial Lecture Breakfast
- Poster presentations exhibiting student researchers’ work
- Oral presentations by SPH students and faculty
- Awards presentation
The entire SPH community is welcome to attend – students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners and those interested in public health.
School of Public Health students in all degree programs are eligible to participate. Students currently engaged in research are encouraged to submit their abstract to present a poster at Research Day.
Research posters can be on any topic related to public health or this year’s theme—Bigger Imaginations Yield Better Results— which aims to focus on strategies highlighting creative solutions and fresh thinking used to confront the world’s most pressing health challenges.
Why should you participate?
Research Day will:
- help you learn how to design, implement, and present the results of a research study
- provide an opportunity for you to convey your ideas and gain valuable feedback on your research project
- hone your skills in writing an abstract and strengthen your presentation skills for local or national meetings
- give you a chance to practice communicating your research to a diverse group of people across the university, within the public health community, and the general public
What do you need to do to participate?
- Develop your research. If you have questions about how to begin your research, talk with your faculty advisor. Your research does not have to be complete in order to participate – use Research Day to gain valuable feedback.
- Meet with your faculty advisor. Your advisor will need to review and approve your abstract prior to submission.
- Review abstract judging criteria. When drafting your abstract, review the judging criteria to meet expectations. See the “Judging Criteria” tab for details. All students who submit an abstract will present at Research Day.
- Create your research poster. Your research must be displayed in print format. Complimentary printing of a 54″ wide x 36″ tall poster will be provided to students whose abstract is submitted by the deadline (March 9), courtesy of the School of Public Health. Posters must be presented at SPH Research Day.
- Present at Research Day. All participants are required to present their posters and be present during the Student Poster Presentation and Judging Session. All students who submit an abstract will present at Research Day. The top 15 scores in both the PhD and masters categories will be eligible to be judged for the Best Student Poster Award Competition.
Preparing Your Abstract
- Receive approval from your faculty advisor to participate.
- Prepare an abstract of no more than 400 words.
- Prepare an Educational Objective for your abstract of no more than 50 words.
- Provide at least one measurable and concrete objective, and start each sentence with one of these objective verbs: Define, List, Describe, Discuss, Explain, Identify, Demonstrate, Differentiate, Compare, Design, Formulate, Evaluate, Assess, Name and Analyze.
- Provide two keywords for your abstract.
Poster Submission Deadline: March 26, 2018
Complimentary poster printing will be provided to students who submit their abstract by the March 9th deadline, and who have indicated on their abstract submission form that they would like to receive free poster printing. Complimentary printed posters must be presented at SPH Research Day.
Creating your poster:
Participants, please follow the steps below to receive free poster printing:
Review design tips
- How to Create a Research Poster by Polytechnic Institute of NYU
- Making Posters by J. Michael Oakes, SPH Professor
- Past Research Day participant posters
Set up your file
- The final printed poster size is 54” wide x 36” tall. When designing your poster, please keep this size in mind.
- Accepted file formats are PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF (.pdf). No exceptions.
- Any images on the poster should be at least 200 dpi, preferably 300 dpi if the image will be enlarged.
Create your poster
- Give yourself time to craft your poster. Remember that your research does not have to be complete to present a poster. Use SPH Research Day as an opportunity to gain suggestions from peers, public health professionals, and the general public.
- Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to use the SPH Poster Template to create your poster.
Submit Your Poster
Posters will be available for pick up beginning the week of April 1, 2018 from the SPH Dean’s Office (A302 Mayo Building). You will be notified via email.
Questions regarding poster printing can be directed to the Research Day Coordinator: Aneisha Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org
A panel of judges will review and score submitted abstracts prior to Research Day. The top 15 scores in both the PhD and Masters categories will be eligible for the Best Student Poster Award competition at Research Day.
Round One: Abstract Review & Scoring
- Abstract judging will take place prior to Research Day.
- Judges will review and score all submitted abstracts in degree groupings of doctoral and masters. Abstracts will be anonymous.
- All students who submit an abstract will have the opportunity to present at Research Day.
- The top 15 scores in both the PhD and Masters categories will have the opportunity to present their poster to the judges at Research Day for the Best Student Poster competition.
Round Two: Poster Presentation Session & Best Poster Competition
- All students will have the opportunity to present their poster at Research Day to attendees.
- Students with qualifying abstract scores will present their poster to the judges during the Student Poster Presentation Session.
- As part of the Best Student Poster competition, each student will be allowed a five-minute presentation on their research poster to a panel of judges.
- All students presenting their poster are eligible for the People’s Choice Award category.
- If a participant doesn’t show for a presentation, they will forfeit award eligibility for the Best Student Poster competition.
Student Poster Awards
The Best Student Poster competition honors exceptional student posters presented at SPH Research Day. To be eligible, a student’s abstract must receive a qualifying score – in the top 15 of all submitted abstracts. Awards will be announced at Research Day and given for posters judged to be the best in the following categories:
- Doctoral candidates
- Masters students (MPH/MHA & MS)
- People’s Choice
- Engraved plaque honoring their recognition
- Poster displayed on the wall outside SPH Dean’s Office (Mayo Bldg. A302)
- Opportunity to “Lunch with the Deans” at the U of M Campus Club
- Entered in the Delta Omega National Poster Competition
Second and Third Place
- Engraved plaque honoring their recognition
- SPH SWAG
Outstanding Faculty Achievement Awards
Our outstanding faculty in the School of Public Health are one of the many reasons why SPH can achieve so much in our mission of education, research, and public engagement. As part of the 2018 Research Day, the school will award SPH Outstanding Faculty Achievement Awards:
- Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award
- School of Public Health Excellence in Advising Award
The School of Public Health Research Day follows the judging guidelines set forth by APHA and Delta Omega for its national poster competition. Each student abstract and poster presentation will be rated in the following categories:
TOPIC PROMINENCE: Illustrates the importance to public health.
PRESENTATION OBJECTIVES: The audience “Learning Objectives” are realistic and clear; and the subject’s objectives are clear and measurable.
PURPOSE: Subject of proposed topic is clear and of high quality.
PRACTICE IMPACT: Provides evidence that academia and practice were necessary for results; and supports and improves the science of public health practice (cites appropriate methods, data, and measurable conclusions).
ACADEMIC IMPACT: Topic is significant to the domain to public health academia; imparts
scholarship to advance academia’s mission to improve education and policies for practitioners, researchers, and teachers. Provides evidence of supporting philosophy, theory, and data.
ORIGINALITY: Demonstrates originality and innovation.
TONE: Indicates a working knowledge of operations (e.g., development, challenges, infrastructure, etc.) toward improving public health education, training, or services.
OVERALL: Well written, concise, and effectively outlines and communicates abstract scope,
context, and rationale.
Directions & Parking
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
From the South: Take the University Avenue/4th Street exit. Turn right onto University Avenue and head toward the East Bank. Turn right onto Oak Street. McNamara Alumni Center will be on your immediate right.
From the North: Take the University Avenue/4th Street exit. Turn left at University Avenue and head toward the East Bank. Turn right onto Oak Street. McNamara Alumni Center will be on your immediate right.
From the East and West: Take the Huron Boulevard exit from I-94 (north exit only). Take first left onto Fulton Street SE. Take right onto Oak Street SE. Follow Oak Street SE for 4 blocks and McNamara Alumni Center will be on your left.