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Abstracts are due May 1, 2018


Annual Small World Initiative Symposium Poster Session – Poster Judging Instructions

There are seven categories for judges to assess:
1. Abstract (located in the printed program)
2. Statement of the Research Question
3. Methodology
4. Results
5. Conclusions, Future Research, References
6. Oral Presentation and Response to Questions
7. Overall Presentation
Each category is evaluated on a 5-point scale, with 1 being the poorest and 5 being the best. Note that the five categories are scored on the same scale, but categories 5 and 6 are given double weighting.

Best-In-Session Student Poster Award Description
The Best-in-Session Student Poster Award is presented to SWI students who exhibit exceptional scientific communication skills during the annual SWI Symposium. The recipient will have demonstrated outstanding achievement presenting scientific work with confidence, eloquence, and ownership.
Judges to the poster session will select the recipient based on mastery of:

  • Scientific argumentation – Claims were clearly presented and supported by high quality data.
  • Presentation of data was clear, thorough, and logical and used excellent visual representations.
  • Project ownership – The significance of research findings was clearly explained and connected to original SWI research purpose. Follow up experiments, improvements to research, and future directions were masterfully articulated. Terminology was used eloquently and professionally, and led lively and engaged discussion about research project. Demonstrated command of the subject matter, and answered questions thoroughly and confidently.
  • Visual appeal – Poster components were clearly organized and easy to follow. Text is concise, background unobtrusive, white space was well utilized; fonts and use of color were well balanced. Photographs, tables, graphs, and/or models improved understanding and enhanced visual appeal.

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