Student Poster Competition Rules

The poster must include the following:

  • Title
  • Names of author(s) and affiliated organization(s)
  • Abstract (brief summary of objectives, methods, results, and conclusions)
  • Background Information
  • Project Objectives
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results (tables, graphs, charts)
  • Conclusions
  • Discussion of possible future directions or why project is complete

Each contestant must be a student member of ISPE PRIOR to competing at the Affiliate/Chapter poster competition and must remain in good standing through the Annual Meeting. Postdocs are not considered students; however, they are encouraged to display their research during ISPE’s professional poster session held during the Annual Meeting.

Poster topics may be related to any facet of ISPE, which may include the following: research and development; facility design; engineering; human resources; process development, sales; computers; regulatory compliance; manufacturing; the environment; and technology.

Competitors shall plot the poster on a 40”x60” sheet of paper or mount the sections of the poster on color matboard.

ISPE (local and international levels) will supply each competitor with a white 40”x60” foamcore poster board, easel, and mounting materials such as Velcro, tape or push pins. Competitors may choose to orient the poster vertically or horizontally.

All illustrations and text must be readable from a distance of 3 feet.

Academic institution logos and ISPE Affiliate/Chapter logos may be displayed on the poster. If the research presented was supported by a specific funding source, i.e., a grant or a company, a written acknowledgement of the funding source may be displayed but their logo will not be included on the poster.

Collaborative poster presentations are acceptable; however, only one primary author is permitted to compete in the poster competition. Substitutions will be allowed for the international competition only if the substitute is an ISPE student member, a member of the original research team, and substitute’s name was on the original abstract/poster.

Include all collaborators that contributed to the body of work in the author section. Consent from all collaborators is necessary prior to the poster competition because of publication of poster contents in ISPE publications.

It is the responsibility of the Affiliate or Chapter to ensure that all Poster Competition rules are followed and that each competitor is a Student Member of ISPE PRIOR to the competition.

Competitors will be given a ten-minute window to showcase their projects with the judges. Judging sessions will consist of a five-minute presentation given by the competitor plus a five-minute question-and-answer period.

Competitors may change or update their poster presentation between the Local Student Poster Competition and the International Student Poster Competition with new data that was obtained between the two competition dates. However, the same titled poster and abstract that was presented at the Local Competition must also be presented at the International Competition. If a competitor changes status between the local competition and International Competition (goes from undergraduate to graduate) they will not be allowed to update their poster if they wish to compete in their original classification.

For all questions concerning the Student Poster Competition, please contact Debbie Kaufmann.


Example of a Student Poster Competition Entry