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Instructions for Participation in the 2015 Poster Symposium
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What is a Poster Symposium? 

Poster sessions have become a popular way of presenting scholarship in a variety of disciplines at professional meetings.  Poster sessions are popular because more people can view and read the poster than at a traditional oral presentation, and more importantly, there is a greater opportunity to interact with the scholar.  The Millikin Poster Symposium is designed to provide all undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to share their scholarly activities regardless of discipline, enhance student written and oral communication skills, increase campus and community exposure to the variety of scholarly activities conducted by students and faculty, and encourage students and faculty to participate in future scholarship events.  Advice on constructing effective posters as well as examples and templates can be found at the following URL:
Cash awards for top-judged posters are funded by the Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI and the Judith and G. Richard Locke Awards.   

What can be expected at the Poster Symposium?

The symposium is held on the second and third floors of Shilling Hall.  The audience will be a mix of Millikin students, faculty, judges, visiting high school students, and invited guests (e.g., parents, Board of Trustees) who examine, read, and chat with the student authors about their scholarship.  Poster authors will stand near their posters and answer questions.  Questions typically range from, "What did you do?  Why/how did you decide to do the study?  What did you learn from your project?  What can you do with your results?, etc."  Past presenters report they enjoyed chatting with others about their research and felt the experience increased their confidence and ability to make public presentations. 

Participation Rules:

1. Your scholarly work is eligible if it has been conducted sometime between May 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015, and not been previously submitted to the Millikin Poster Symposium.  Examples of scholarly work includes student-faculty collaborative projects conducted in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, independent study, directed study, internships, JMS projects, or the masters degree programs.  Scholarly work also includes: research resulting in data, performance art, literary expositions and critiques, and creative artistic displays.

Submissions opened Monday, March 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM and will close Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM.  Please submit your entry to:  No late entries will be accepted.

FILE Submission Requirements:

-  Word or Rich Text file sent as an attachment to, with the
   last name of the first author as your file name.
-  The subject line of your e-mail should include the title of your poster and the discipline you
   are representing. 
-  CC sponsoring faculty member on submission email.
-  Use Tahoma 12 pt font and single space throughout.
-  Put the whole title in capital letters.
-  Your poster title is limited to a maximum 25 words.
-  Put the poster authors names in bolded capital letters, organized in order of
   author contribution.
-  Put the non-bolded affiliation of all authors (typically Millikin, but may be different
   with multiple author / multiple institutionally supported research).
-  Put the sponsor information in the appropriate order as shown.
-  Your poster abstract is limited to 250 words. 

Entries will be rejected if they do not adhere to the requirements listed above.



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2. A faculty member must sponsor your poster entry by, "Replying to All Recipients" to your submission email and stating that your scholarly work represents B or better grade level work.

3. Your actual poster display Title font may be as large as 72 point font.  Your actual poster Text font should be in 16 - 18 point font using 1 inch margins to insure that it can be easily read from a distance of 5 feet.  Your poster text should be affixed to poster board or professionally made vinyl banner that can be attached to wooden scaffolding with pushpins or nails.  Your poster dimensions can be no longer than 4 feet horizontally and 5 feet vertically and no shorter than 4 feet horizontally and 4 feet vertically.  The body of your poster should conform to the style guidelines of your discipline.  Seek the guidance of your faculty sponsor or view past posters in the hallways of Shilling Hall and Leighty Tabor Science Center. 

4. You will be assigned a presentation number that will be e-mailed to you on Thursday, April 23, 2015. This will indicate your location in the poster session.  A map will be available in each hallway as well.  The poster numbers will be attached to the scaffolds and should be attached to your poster with a push pin or tape.  Do not change poster numbers or locations as the judges will use these numbers to locate and evaluate the posters.

5. Presenters are responsible for tacking their posters to the scaffolding between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Items to hang posters will be available.  Kathy Housh (SH209), Jessica Windell (SH208), and student workers will be onsite to assist with questions during this time.

6. At least one of the poster's authors (when multiple authors exist) must be present from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM during the poster session and judging.  It is recommended that authors arrive no later than 12:45 PM.  Two judges will evaluate each poster, so poster authors must wear their name tags (symposium provided).  Dress is business professional.  Poster awards will be presented at 4:00 PM in Albert Taylor Theatre, with a photo of the winning authors to follow the awards presentation.  The $3,000 in prizes will be distributed by checks mailed to the recipient's chosen address.

7. If you have special setup needs (e.g., VCR & TV monitor, projection screen, power cords, table, etc.) please mention your specific needs in your email submission.

8. It is not necessary to have your poster printed by a commercial poster publisher, but if you do, please be aware that the cost, delivery, and poster materials vary.  A list of a few sources students have used in the past are listed below:



Any remaining questions about participation, poster construction, etc. may be directed to

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL