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2014 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Competition is to encourage students to:


Any basic or applied research will be considered for entry in the competition, if conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education indicated by the division in which they are competing. Posters related to programs or design may also be used if this style is common in their corresponding field. The presentation may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings, but cannot contain material previously used in this competition.

Online Registration

Registration must be completed online no later than February 14th(see link below).


An abstract must be submitted no later than February 16th.

Abstracts are limited to 150-200 words and should contain a brief description of the research.

If it becomes necessary to limit the number of entries, the Graduate Student Research Poster Competition Committee will be empowered to make that decision soon after receipt of entries and abstracts. Notification of acceptance of entry will be made as soon as possible.


We would like to express our appreciation to the Texas Tech Museum for hosting our poster session. Judges will be viewing posters on Friday, March 7th beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Sculpture Court in the Texas Tech University Museum (off of 4th and Indiana Ave.).

Judges will review posters with the contestant present. Contestants will not give a formal oral presentation in the traditional sense; however, they should be prepared to answer questions from judges and attendees concerning objectives, methods, design, results and interpretation of research presented. If participant is not available during the designated time the participant needs to make arrangements with the poster competition coordinator. If the coordinator is not notified by March 3rd, the coordinator is not responsible for making arrangements. Poster presentations should be completely assembled on Monday, March 3rd between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Texas Tech University Museum – Sculpture Court.

Poster Boards

The poster board surface of 3 feet high by 4 feet wide will be provided to each contestant. None of the material (label, abstract, figures, charts, tables, summary, etc.) shall extend beyond the border of the 3′ x 4′ poster board surface and the poster will be considered ineligible for awards if material extends beyond the 3′ x 4′ limit. Posters need to be 34 inches high by 46 inches wide, which allows 2 inches for margins. Posters that are not within the designated dimensions will be removed and will not be able to participate in the competition.

Please go to the following website to download a 34 inches high by 46 inches wide template http://www.tlpd.ttu.edu/content/asp/services/poster_printing.asp. Make sure the poster design is set to landscape.

The Graduate School will provide "free poster printing" for participants. Contact John Baker (john.f.baker@ttu.edu) or Vanessa Bara (vanessa.e.bara@ttu.edu) for details. Contestants will also be provided Velcro mounting materials.

Evaluating the Presentations

  1. The Graduate Student Research Poster Committee shall evaluate abstracts and poster presentations for each division. The chairman of the Graduate Student Research Poster Committee will tabulate scores, but will not be a judge.
  2. Judges will visit each exhibit in a group and evaluate posters using procedures set up by the committee chairman. At the conclusion of the competition, judges will meet with the chairman of the committee to select a winner.
  3. Whenever possible, the judges will not be from Departments represented in the competition, nor will major professors of contestants serve as judges.


Monday March 3, 2014 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Poster Set-up, Texas Tech University Museum-Sculpture Court
Friday March 7, 2014 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Poster Evaluation Session – Judges and Contestants
Friday March 7, 2014 4 p.m. Posters Must Be Removed


If you have a current active eRaider ID from either TTU or TTUHSC, register online for the 2014 workshops and competition: