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2021 Virtual Student Poster Competition Call for Abstracts

Smith Institute for Applied Research is accepting abstracts for its Poster Presentation! Submit your abstract by the deadline of March 11th at 12 Noon. Below are the guidelines for abstract submission.

Student Poster Competition

Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Student Poster Competition. This year’s event will be hosted virtually during the week of April 19th

Students from all academic fields are invited to submit an abstract for consideration to present during this year’s Undergraduate Research Week. The intent of this conference is to promote student engagement in research activities and to familiarize students with the process of presenting research at an academic conference. In doing so, this conference supports the University’s mission to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields. 

To help students prepare for the Student Competition, Smith Institute will offer abstract writing workshops and poster presentation workshops in the month of March. The schedule is available on our website.


First, second, and third place winners will be selected in four categories and winners will receive awards of $500, $250, and $100, respectively. The four categories are: social sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM. The number of categories is subject to change based on registration. This year, we are adding the Vice President’s Choice prize that will be awarded to one outstanding student. 

Student Poster Competition Guidelines

Who can participate:

  • Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate and graduate students from any academic field conducting research or creative works under the guidance of a Johnson C. Smith University faculty member or staff.
  • Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate and graduate students who participate in research or creative works at a National Lab under faculty or staff guidance. 
  • Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate and graduate students who participate in research or creative works at another campus or similar institution (e.g. summer research programs) under faculty or staff guidance.

Poster Guidelines:  

Posters must be sized so that they can be printed on 36” x 48” poster paper. This is so that you can print and use your poster at a future in-person conference. Smith Institute has poster templates available for your use.

Presenting as a Team:  

Because research can be a collaborative process, students undertaking research as part of a team may co-present. Each presented must meet the eligibility requirement outlined above (see Who can participate?)

Special Requirements for Team Presenters:

  • Each presenter must complete the online registration form themselves by the deadline. 
  • Each registration must contain the same title and abstract.
  • Poster teams may have a maximum of 4 presenters.
  • Poster teams will share a single poster.
  • If the poster receives and award, team members will split the award.

The Student Poster Competition is organized by the Smith Institute for Applied Research. The Smith Institute encourages curiosity and collaboration and celebrates research achievements that impact the JCSU community by organizing, facilitating, and promoting programs for JCSU students, faculty, staff, and community members to support productive engagement in research activities and enhance the research culture at Johnson C. Smith University. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines (Due Thursday, March 11 at 12 Noon):

One abstract submission is allowed per presenter. In the case that the presenter is part of a research team, that presenter is permitted to submit a second abstract. 

  • Abstract Titles:  Abstract titles should use Title Case and be no more than 200 characters.  Titles should be entered exactly as you would like it to appear in conference materials.  Include appropriate use of italics, accents, superscripts, subscripts, and special characters for your discipline.  
  • Abstract:  The abstract should be 150-200 words.  It needs to be entered as a single-spaced paragraph with the text exactly as you would like it to appear in conference materials. Do NOT include citations.  
  • Approval:  After an application is completed, referees will review your submission. 

Abstracts are due on Thursday, March 11 at 12 Noon and must be submitting using our online portal. Student Poster Competition guidelines and abstract guidelines and are available on our website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Smith Institute. We look forward to showcasing excellent research and creative works.

Submit your abstract 

Step 2: Attend an Abstract Writing Workshop

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