GUIDELINES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
Applicants for the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition must be members of SEDAAG and submit a poster abstract via the Abstract Management Portal (url here) by Friday, October 9, 2020. To be eligible for the competition, STUDENT PAPERS MUST BE SINGLE STUDENT AUTHOR AND ADVISOR ONLY, no multiple student-authored posters will be judged. See the below eligibility guidelines for more information.
To be eligible to participate in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition, the undergraduate student must have been enrolled in a geography program and be in residence at the sponsoring department at the time his or her research was conducted. The sponsoring department must be located within the SEDAAG region. Master level students who have graduated since completing their research may present their posters at the first SEDAAG meeting following their undergraduate graduation.
Posters should represent original research. Maps, illustrations, and other audiovisual materials should be designed and constructed by the student author. Posters should consist of one undergraduate student along with a supervisor as authors. NO other students should be listed as author. (Other students involved in the research can be mentioned on the poster, however only one student can author and present each poster).
All topics broadly related to geography may be entered and will be ensured of a critical and impartial evaluation.
Completed posters need to be emailed to the Chair of the Education Committee (Jennifer Rhan, firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than October 30, 2020 (one week before the conference). Posters must include a recorded oral summary of problem, data, method, and findings presented in poster. This can be a 3 to 5-minute audio (.mp3 format) think of this as your elevator speech.
Poster files (audio file and .pdf) should also be uploaded to the Abstract portal no later than November 4th at 11:59 pm so that they can be included in the meeting.
Each poster submission will be evaluated by the Education Committee for its quality of original research undertaken by the author and for its oral presentation and defense.
All submissions will be presented in the Undergraduate poster session during the virtual meeting where conference registrants can “chat” with students and give feedback and ask questions. This is not part of the competition judging process.
The posters must be prepared with care and treated as one prepares a manuscript for possible publication. Primary criterion will be background outlining related literature, research objective(s)/question(s), research design/methods, results, conclusions, and bibliography. Failure to provide any of these criteria will result in receiving low marks in the judging competition.
The visual evaluation of the poster will include quality, appropriateness, and visual appeal of maps, figures and illustrations. Materials should be legible from a distance of three feet with text confined to brief statements. All visual aids should be intelligible and have subtitles.
The weight for each category is as follows: 30 percent for the written component, 30 percent for the recorded elevator speech, and 40 percent for the visual presentation.