Research Open House will be held in-person!

Friday, April 15, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2nd floor of University Capitol Centre (UCC)


Students must fill out the POSTER REGISTRATION FORM to register your poster. Please read the following instructions carefully; you will need to gather some information before you register.  Be sure to have the following information readily available during the registration process:

1. Names of all poster authors/researchers - choose one as Poster Representative for registration and presentation to judges (must be a student).

2. The Poster Representative should fill out this registration form. Only one registration contact per poster is necessary.

3. Poster title and abstract (50-100 words)

4. Determine which department/center you want to be affiliated with for poster judging. Please make sure your judging category is correct before submitting the form.

You may contact for any questions or problems. Please be accurate, as the poster titles, abstracts, and poster session time cannot be changed after the Qualtrics survey is submitted.


  • Poster check-in time: 8:00-9:00am
  • Posters must be displayed and ready for visitors and poster judges by 9:30am.
  • Each poster should be staffed with at least one author to explain the research to judges and visitors.
  • All posters must be removed by Friday at 1:30 pm. Posters left after 1:30 pm on Friday will be discarded.

Register your poster by March 18th

Optional Workshop - Creating and Presenting a Poster

March 30th at 2:30 pm

This workshop will help you make your poster presentation more effective. Learn to think about the prospective audience, poster content, and design considerations in a poster layout to get you ready for the Research Open House in April.  Presented by Robert Peck, Speaking Center.


Each poster should include an introduction to the topic, its key points, and a summary of the results. Your poster should be self-explanatory. This will help people who might come to view it while you are discussing your project with someone else. Consider bringing reprints of your research to accommodate requests for a more detailed overview of your project. Please check out the following site for information on how to make a successful research poster

Materials: The size of the poster must not exceed 42" wide (including margins). The 42-inch dimension is based on the fact that the COE printer is set to print at 42 inches wide. If you print your poster and it leaves a white blank strip because your poster is less than 42 inches wide, please bring it already trimmed for hanging. If you have a poster that is already printed because you made it for another event, you can use it regardless of the dimensions (no need to reprint/redesign it - but please contact Erin Foster Hartley ahead of time to let her know the if your dimensions are very different than this).

Poster text may be printed directly on white paper or on thin, lightweight colored poster paper, cardboard, or fabric. Do not use heavy board or foam core, as these materials may be difficult to display.

Please plan on printing your poster early! The COE printer will be very busy at the time of ROH, as there are other conferences going on for which students print posters. You must make arrangements with your Department for the poster printing details before you print your poster (speak with the Department Admins). When ready, submit your poster for printing here.

Type Size: Your poster will be viewed from a distance of a meter or more. To aid public viewing, please make the type in your "Title and Author" section readable from a distance. All other text should be approximately 20 pt. Use a heavy, legible font that is free from unnecessary ornamentation (such as Helvetica or Helvetica Bold).

Graphics, Photographs and Drawings: Presenting data in graphic form may be clearer and more memorable than including it in tables. Provide each figure with a legend stating a clear, concise message in large type. The legend can contain commentary that would normally appear in the body of a manuscript. It should describe the content of the figure and the conclusions derived. Details of the methodology should be brief and placed at the end of the legend. The background color should be white, for easier viewing and reduced printing costs.

Arrangement and Content: The title, author(s) names, and departmental affiliation should be centered at the top. Consistency in this will make it easier for viewers to scan and browse. In addition, you should include the authors' affiliation(s) and an address to which people can write for further information. In general, lay out your poster so that the information flows down in columns, rather than across in rows. Your introduction should be placed at the upper left and your conclusion at the lower right. Number each part of the poster (the poster tiles) so that the flow of information is clear.


Posters will be judged via app based on 5 criteria:

  1. The poster has a clearly defined scientific method – hypothesis, methodology, findings, and conclusion.
  2. The poster communicates the significance and relevance of the results in a way that is easy to understand.
  3. The poster design is well-organized and visually appealing (appropriate font size, layout, and use of visual aids).
  4. The student’s presentation was professional, engaging, and showed a command of the information.
  5. The student responded well to questions.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact us in advance at