Information for Presenters

School of Public Health students in all degree programs are eligible to participate. Students currently engaged in any research activities, integrated learning projects, or applied practice experiences are encouraged to submit an abstract and poster for Research Day.

This year the format will be different as we move all Research Day activities to an online, virtual format. Student posters will be available for viewing, commenting, and voting in Canvas beginning April 12-14; SPH Research Day will be held April 15, as a Zoom webinar.

Use the information below to help you prepare to participate in Research Day.

Why should you participate?

Research Day will:

  • help you learn how to design, implement, and present the results of a research study or project
  • provide an opportunity for you to convey your ideas and gain valuable feedback on your work
  • 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 work 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 project. If you have questions about how to begin, talk with your faculty advisor. Your research, integrative learning project, or applied practice experience does not have to be complete in order to participate – use Research Day as a tool to gain valuable feedback.
  2. Meet with your faculty advisor. Your advisor should review and approve your abstract and poster 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. Any SPH student who submits an abstract will be accepted to present at Research Day
  4. Create your poster. Your research, integrative learning project, or applied practice experience project must be displayed in a digital format. See the “Creating Your Poster” tab for details about preparing a digital poster.
  5. Present at Research Day. Any SPH student who submits an abstract and poster will have their project displayed in a digital format on SPH Research Day Canvas website. First-place winners in the PhD and Master’s category for the Best Student Poster Award Competition, will receive a time-slot to present during the live webinar on April 15, 2021.

Abstract & Poster submission deadline extended: March 29, 2021

The abstract and poster for your research, integrative learning, or applied practice experience project will be displayed in a digital format on Canvas. Student presentations will be made available the week leading up to Research Day.

After you submit your abstract and poster, remember to register to attend Research Day.

Preparing Your Abstract

  • Receive approval from your faculty advisor to participate.
  • Prepare an abstract of no more than 250 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.

Preparing Your Poster

  • Create your poster as a single PowerPoint slide or PDF.
  • Any images on the poster should be at least 200 dpi.
  • Give yourself time to create your poster. Remember that your work does not have to be complete; use SPH Research Day as an opportunity to gain suggestions from peers, public health professionals, and the general public.

Tips & Templates

Please note: Only one submission per student is permitted.

Even the best public speakers prepare before giving an important presentation. To assist with your presentation, the SPH Career and Professional Development Center is available for one-on-one prep and practice sessions to help you develop the best presentation possible.

Student posters will be available for viewing, commenting, and voting on the SPH Research Day Canvas site from April 12 – April 14, 2021. You will be responsible for monitoring your poster during this time and responding to questions and comments you receive. Review Tips for Managing your Research Day Poster Presentation Discussion to familiarize yourself with virtual presenter expectations.

The University of Minnesota’s Digital Conservancy (UDC) provides a permanent and searchable home for your research paper or poster. Hosted by the University of Minnesota libraries, this option for presentation is available year-round. Before submitting your work please note:

  • When sharing research co-authored with or advised on by faculty members, UDC recommends that students check with that faculty member before depositing their poster to the Conservancy. This will help prevent any accidental sharing of research that the co-authors had not intended to be made broadly available yet.
  • When adding content to the Conservancy, students should be aware of the UDC Withdrawal Policy. Namely, we do not remove posters after they have been added, and students should share their work with the understanding that it will become permanently, publicly available. UDC does not update files with newer versions of the poster, either.
  • Students can find the UDC deposit agreement here namely, students keep the copyright in their work when depositing to the Conservancy.

Learn more about the University Digital Conservancy and how to submit your scholarly work.

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