Poster Competition and Printing

About the Competition

The Student Research Symposium recognizes students for original research achievements across a variety of disciplines.

All posters are considered for the poster competition, but established research projects (rather than research proposals) are more likely to win.

Successful students demonstrate valid investigation and experimentation objectives and methods. Judging and scoring criteria are as follows, with each judging criteria category scored on a scale of 1-10 (10=Outstanding, 8=Very Good, 6=Good, 4=Needs Improvement, 2=Unsatisfactory).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.

Judging Criteria

    Statement and identification of research problem
  • Is the problem clearly stated?
  • Does the presenter demonstrate understanding of existing knowledge about the research problem?
    Scientific thought, creativity/originality
  • Student clearly conveys their individual contributions to and understanding of the research problem
  • Appropriate duration of collection and data analysis
  • Innovation and originality: Standard Protocol/Design; Innovative Protocol
    Research design, methods, and results
  • Appropriateness of research design and procedures
  • Process skills that led to research problem and/or research design
  • Identification and control of variables
  • Replicability
    Skillful communication of research results
  • Clarity in communicating research results to non-specialized audiences and to judges
  • Appropriate selection, use, and quality of visuals
  • Design and appearance of poster

Poster Printing on Campus: April 8 through May 2

Follow the parameters below, and your poster printing cost is fully covered.

The Digital Lab in Shattuck Hall room 107 is your campus resource for poster printing this year. Printing is handled by lab assistants while you wait, and you should allow yourself ample time - 20 minutes for large print jobs, and there could also be a line of students waiting to print. Evenings tend to have a quicker turnaround. This service is for our PSU student participants only, is limited to one poster, and is limited to the student who submitted the PDXScholar proposal. In other words, you cannot send a co-author to print your poster. Posters printed elsewhere are certainly fine to use, but the Shattuck 107 Digital Lab is the only location to utilize the scholarship funds available for this Student Research Symposium’s poster printing.

Lab Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ID and Scholarship Funds: Bring your PSU ID. The lab will have a list of SRS students qualifying to print posters using our Symposium scholarship fund based on your PDXScholar submission. Your PSU Odin or address will be used in this process.

Important!: Take your file to the lab on a USB stick or similar device.

Printing Dates: The lab will be prepared to handle your printing between April 8 and May 2, 2022.

Max Poster Size: While 36” by 48” is our max allowed size, the Shattuck Hall 107 printers can go no wider than 44" so please adjust accordingly.

File Format: PDF, Adobe Suite files, or Photoshop preferred, scaled to 100% of the final output size for best quality.

Paper: The scholarship covers the cost of printing on Heavyweight Matte. Posters utilizing more expensive paper options will not be billed to the scholarship and are the financial responsibility of the student placing the order.

Quantity: Each student is limited to the printing of one poster using scholarship funds. Students wishing to print additional copies, must do so at their own expense.

Winners of the 2022 Poster Competition

The posters were evaluated by a panel of judges representing PSU faculty and staff members. The winners of the poster competition are:

Winners of the 2021 Poster Competition