Who Can Participate

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Meet with your faculty advisor. Your advisor will need to review and approve your abstract prior to submission.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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