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2022 Student Research Poster Competition

DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! Submit your abstract by March 6, 2022 at 11:59pm. Submit your abstract!

Smith Institute’s annual Student Research Poster Competition will be hosted virtually in 2022. Students need to read the guidelines below and submit an abstract by Thursday, February 24th at 12:00pm at Noon to be considered for the competition. Leading up to the competition, students will engage with Smith Institute to refine their abstracts and prepare their posters. Winners will be announced after the public viewing timeframe of CUR week April 18th-April 22nd.

Call for Abstracts

Johnson C. Smith University undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Student Poster Competition. Posters will be available for public viewing during CUR Week, the week of April 18th

Students from all academic fields are invited to submit an abstract 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. 

Smith Institute has posted two video tutorials to the Smith Institute YouTube channel to help students write and effective abstract and create a competitive research poster. 


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. We will also present the Vice President’s Choice award 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 to use.

Presenting as a Team:  

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

Special Requirements for Team Presenters:

  • Each team member must complete the online registration form by the deadline. 
  • Each registration must contain the same title and abstract.
  • Poster teams may have a maximum of 6 presenters.
  • Poster teams will share a single poster.
  • If the poster receives and award, team members will split the award.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts are due Thursday, February 24th at 12:00pm 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. 

Submit your abstract!

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. Subscribe to Smith Institute’s YouTube channel to be instantly notified when the Awards Ceremony premieres.

Submit your abstract!

Step 2: Attend an Abstract Writing Workshop

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