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Student Research Poster Competition

The following criteria have been developed to guide the planning and development of student research poster
presentations. Please note, that there will only be 90 poster abstracts accepted. Due to an increase in the number of
students and institutions desiring to participate in the poster presentation competition, a maximum of 3 posters from each institution will be accepted. Poster abstracts will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until all the spaces have been filled.

Students are strongly encouraged to conduct actual research before submitting a project for this competition. All abstracts AND bibliographies must be submitted by 12:00pm Tuesday, January 24, 2017 via the ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS.

Institutions should not submit more than 3 abstracts for the poster competition. Institutions that exceed the submission entries limit of THREE (3) will have all of its posters/abstracts eliminated from the competition.


RESEARCH POSTER COMPETITION GUIDELINES

POSTER REQUIREMENTS

  • A poster display is mandatory for the Student Research Poster Competition.

  • 36 x 48 inches (Tri-fold Display Board) – Posters that exceed these measurements will have FIVE (5) points deducted from the final score.

  • The display board should be freestanding.

  • Each student is allowed a maximum of ONE (1) POSTER, and is responsible for any special equipment (i.e. display boards, extension cords, laptops, iPads, LCD Projector, Internet access, etc.).

  • The poster should include the abstract, poster division, category of presentation and bibliography as outlined below.

  1. ABSTRACT INFORMATION
    • Each abstract should not exceed 150 words in length.

    • Abstracts that are more than 150 words in length will not be accepted for the competition.

    • Include presenter’s name, co-presenters, project title, institution name, grade in school, Poster Abstract Number (1, 2, or 3), poster division (see section 2A), poster category (see section 2B), judging criteria (see section 2C), faculty sponsor, and abstract word count. A maximum of 4 presenters per poster (i.e., primary presenter and three co-presenters).

    • Include a problem statement, methods, materials, results, and conclusions.

    • All information above should be included on the abstract when submitting through the online portal. Abstract title, presenter names, grade, poster number, poster division, poster category and faculty
      sponsor do not count in the abstract word count.
      Within the actual body of the abstract, words such as “of, the, it, and, etc.” do count in the abstract word count.

    The Basic Components of an Abstract


    (1) Problem Statement:

    a. Why is this a relevant research project?
    b. What practical, theoretical, or scientific gap is your research filling?
    c. What is the problem or question to be addressed in the project?
    (2) Methods/Procedures:
    a. What steps did you take to complete this research project?
    b. What did you do to analyze your data?
    (3) Results/Findings:
    a. As a result of completing the above procedures, what did you learn, invent or create?
    (4) Conclusion/Implications:
    a. What were your research findings? What are the larger implications of your findings?
    Please visit www.stepforleaders.org for examples of abstracts for posters presented during the 2016 STEP Statewide Student Conference Research Poster Competition Conference Booklet.



  2. Online Registration and Abstract Submission Process


    2A. POSTER DIVISION
    • Posters will be judged in THREE DIVISIONS. Please select ONE (1) of the three divisions**:

      Middle Division – Students in grades 7 and 8.
      Junior Division – Students in grades 9 and 10.
      Senior Division – Students in grades 11 and 12.

      Divisions may be combined based on the number of poster entries.


      ** If multiple grade levels present a project, the division will be assigned based on the highest-grade level.

    2B. CATEGORY OF PRESENTATION
    • Students must CHOOSE ONE (1) of the following FIVE categories for presentation entry. Categories may be combined based on number of entries.

      (1) Biological/Life Sciences

      Projects that investigate some aspect of life- Biology, Botany, Ecology, the Environment, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, etc. [Example: Genetics and Heredity or The Effect of Sound on Plants].


      (2) Human Services

      Projects that study human conditions pertaining to disease, families, children, safety, wellness, aging, human service agencies sand the impact on the community, etc. [Example: Health Department’s Student about Bacterial Meningitis and Teenagers]


      (3) Physical Sciences
      Projects that research modern findings in Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Material Sciences, Physics, the history and policy of science, etc. [Example: Observation of Freezing Rates of Water on Different Starting Temperatures]


      (4) Social Sciences
      Projects that explore important subject matter in Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Geography, etc. [Example: Violence in Middle and High Schools of The Effects of the Media and Pop Culture on Students]


      (5) Technology
      Projects that analyze technological advances such as robotics, fiber optics, computer science and programs, computer games, engineering, architect, engineering technology, Computer Aided Design (CAD), graphics, etc. [Example: Virtual Homework Lockers for Students and Teachers]

    2C. Judging Criteria
    • There will be a team of judges for each category. Criteria for judging will include, but may not be limited to the items listed below.
      • Overall Project
        • Statement of Purpose
        • Documentation/Impact
        • Significance/Impact
        • Creativity or Initiative
        • Methodology

      • Exhibit or Display (A Poster Display is mandatory for the Student Research Poster Competition.)
        • Poster should be 36 x 48 inches (Tri-fold Display Board)- Posters that exceed these measurements will have FIVE (5) points deducted from the final score.
        • Visual appearance of project display

      • Presenter’s Oral Discussion of the Project
        • 2 – 3 minute overview of project
        • 2 – 3 minute question and answer session
        • Presenters should practice his/her presentation to remain in the time limit.

      • Rating Scale
        • Judges will use THE ENCLOSED RUBIC to rate students’ presentations in the following areas:
          ° Abstract
          ° Research Design
          ° Visual and Verbal Presentations
          ° Conclusion
          ° Bibliography/References


        **Failure to include a list of references will result in a FIVE point deduction from the project.

  3. BIBLIOGRAPHY INFORMATION
    • A list of references/bibliography should be ONE (1) page, double-spaced, have one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font displayed on the poster.

    • A list of references/bibliography should be submitted for each poster abstract
      entered in the Student Research Poster Presentation Competition.

    • References/bibliographies must be submitted online via the ONLINE SUBMISSION process.

    • References/bibliographies faxed, emailed or mailed to Syracuse University’s STEP Office will not be accepted for the competition.




WHAT IS AN ABSTRACT?

An ABSTRACT is a brief summary of your project. It summarizes very clearly the main points of your experiment. Abstracts should include problem statement, methods, materials, results and conclusions.

The Basic Components of an Abstract:

(1) Problem Statement:

a. Why is this a relevant research project?
b. What practical, theoretical, or scientific gap is your research filling?
c. What is the problem or question to be addressed in the project?

(2) Methods/Procedures:
a. What steps did you take to complete this research project?
b. What did you do to analyze your data?

(3) Results/Findings:

a. As a result of completing the above procedures, what did you learn, invent or create?

(4) Conclusion/Implications:

a. What were your research findings? What are the larger implications of your findings?

 

 

SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Up and Down: Seasonal Temperature versus Sun Ray Angle

The purpose of this project was to find out whether the angle of the Sun’s rays at noon affects seasonal temperatures. The experiments involved measuring the air temperature and the angle of the Sun’s rays at noon during different seasons. This was done by recording air temperature and measuring the angle of shadows at noon on the first day of the month from October through April.

The measurements confirmed my hypothesis that as the angle of the Sun’s rays decreases during the year, the outdoor temperature increases. These findings led me to believe that seasonal temperatures are the result of the difference in the angle of the Sun’s rays. As the ray angle decreases, sunlight is more concentrated on an area, resulting in a higher temperature.

I discovered that during seasons with high temperatures, the angle of the Sun’s rays is lower than during seasons with low temperatures.

 


Please visit www.stepforleaders.org for examples of abstracts for posters presented during the 2016 STEP Statewide Student Conference Research Poster Competition Conference Booklet.

 

WHAT IS A BIBLIOGRAPHY?

A BIBLIOGRAPHY is a reference list that identifies books, articles, peer-reviewed journals, etc. that are mentioned, referenced or used in a text.

All references should be in APA style, please see tutorials below to help create your bibliography.

http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

POSTER COMPETITION REGISTRATION, ABSTRACT AND BIBLIOGRAPHY SUBMISION GUIDELINES:


ONLINE REGISTRATION, ABSTRACT AND BIBLIOGRAPHY SUBMISSION PROCESS

Abstracts AND bibliographies must be submitted by 12:00pm Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Abstracts AND bibliographies faxed, emailed or mailed to Syracuse University’s STEP Office will not be accepted for the student research poster competition.

Project Administrators should complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS. Project Administrators will be required to submit their name when submitting each poster project. Students, their parents, faculty mentors or teachers SHOULD NOT complete the online submission process.

To complete the REGISTRATION PROCESS and to submit your POSTER ABSTRACT AND BIBLOGRAPHY, please copy or past into your browser the link below and follow the instructions on the website:

2017 Poster Competition Link


Please ensure that the information is entered accurately (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, etc.). This is the information that will be used to compile the conference booklet and competition. Errors in submission will likely become errors in the publication and the competition.

 

For additional information about the Poster Competition, please contact one of the Research Poster Competition Co-chairs.

2017 STEP STATEWIDE STUDENT CONFERENCE RESEARCH POSTER COMPETITION SUB-COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS:

Jeri O’Bryan-Losee, Morrisville State College, obryanj@morrisville.edu, (315) 684—6009

Diandra Jugmohan, Hostos Community College, djugmohan@hostos.cuny.edu, (718) 518—6773

 

 

 

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