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Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Research Day

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Call for Abstracts was open from December 4 to January 27. Submissions during that time will be listed in the Program Book.

Subject Matter

Timely and pertinent research in basic, translational and clinical science may be presented.

Presentations should fall be brought forward in one of two categories:

  • Category I: Basic Science Research
  • Category II: Clinical Science / Public Health

Format Guidelines Poster Presenting Guide

  • The boards for posters at Research Day measure 4 feet by 6 feet. Posters must be mounted within this space.
  • A poster must cover the same materials as the submitted abstract.
  • Poster templates are available from Dental Informatics.
  • Posters should be designed in Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator. Both PC and Mac formats are acceptable.
  • Use figures, tables, text, photographs and other illustrations to display your information in a clear and concise manner. Material should flow logically so that it “tells a story.”
  • Briefly describe procedures and materials. Define all trade names first, then use generic names throughout. All compounds and drugs must be identified.
  • The poster is not a publication. Avoid full sentences and use bullets to increase clarity. References are not necessary.
  • Prepare all graphics neatly and legibly beforehand, then copy/paste into the template. Typed materials should be in a font large enough to read from 8 feet away (18 point minimum). Photographs should be 300 dpi JPEG format, and placed into the template using the “insert” function.
  • Be sure to acknowledge all authors and funding sources.
  • Posters can be printed in the School of Dentistry through Ken Rieger in Dental Informatics ( or 763-3322).  Files can be emailed or delivered directly to his office, room 3052.  Please allow 72 hours for printing.

Financial Assistance

Vouchers to cover the cost of poster printing are available to all students. These will cover the cost of printing only done through Ken Rieger at the School of Dentistry. No other costs will be covered and no reimbursements will be done. A voucher can be picked up in the Office of Research, G306, anytime after an abstract has been submitted.

Poster Set-Up

All posters must be turned in to the Office of Research in the week before Research Day (Monday, February 11, through Monday, February 18). All poster tubes must be properly labeled. You will be given a poster number and be asked to check in at the beginning of the poster sessions. There will not be time allotted on Research Day for poster set-up.


Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

Subject Matter Presentation Professionalism
  • Data are scientifically sound and statistically significant
  • Creative, innovative approach
  • Research is timely and important
  • Student knows why research is important
  • Hypothesis clearly stated
  • Background knowledge provided
  • Methods clearly outlined
  • Results presented succinctly
  • Summary or conclusions clear and succinct
  • Oral presentation shows understanding of data
  • Poster is well organized
  • Professional demeanor and appearance


DDS, Dental Hygiene and MS/Certificate Students

Grand Prize

Trip to the ADA Convention as the representative for the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Program, plus $125.00 spending allowance. (By Dentsply rules, only first through third year DDS students are eligible.)

Category I
Clinical Research/Public Health

1st prize: $100
2nd prize: $75
3rd prize: $50

Category II
Basic Science Research

1st prize: $100
2nd prize: $75
3rd prize: $50

Hygiene Award
(Split between presenters)

1st prize: $200
2nd prize: $150
3rd prize: $100

Graduate / Postdoctoral / Staff

(Either Category I or Category II)

1st prize: $200
2nd prize: $150
3rd prize: $100