A student presents at the UMass Lowell Student Research Symposium.

Presenter & Judging Guidelines

Students Participating in Poster Presentation Competition

Poster competition participants must be in attendance to present and discuss their poster (via PowerPoint slide) during the scheduled competition time. A panel of two to four judges (UMass Lowell Alumni and Industry Leaders) will listen to your three minute presentation, examine your poster slide, and ask any questions they may have. Each participant (or group of participants) will be evaluated based on the criteria described in the judging categories listed below.

This is an excellent opportunity to not only share the exciting research that you have been working on, but a way for you to develop your oral presentation skills.

Each college will have a "Best Presentation" prize awarded depending on the number of submissions - up to $500 cash prize. Minimum of one award for each college, but could be more depending on total number of submissions per college.


Students Participating in Reception Poster Session

Unlike the poster presentation competition, students who are presenting their poster at the reception will not have a formal judging process. This session is not a competition, but a more relaxed opportunity for students to present their research to symposium attendees; peers, faculty, guests, and industry leaders.

Poster presentation participants should be prepared to stand with their posters and interact with those who stop to view and ask questions about the research. As stated in the poster guidelines, the student is responsible for bringing their own poster to the event and setting it up (see the event schedule for set up times).

There will not be cash prizes awarded by college, but attendees will be asked to vote on "fan favorites". Number of awards will depend on total number of students presenting at the reception.


Judging Criteria

The judging criteria were conceived in order to fairly evaluate presenters and poster. Each presenter, including those at an early stage in his/her project, is intended to have an equal opportunity to achieve the highest score in each category. The judging form is divided into the following categories:

  • Presenter's Oral Presentation (most heavily weighed)
  • Poster Appearance/Clarity
  • Poster Organization
  • Poster Content

Please check out the Judging Rubric (doc) for scoring and category definitions. This should help you in organizing your poster and presentation. Remember that the style of the presentation should be engaging and the content should be interesting. The poster presentation should be well organized and easy to follow. Fonts and images should be clear and interesting to read. Be sure to work with your faculty advisor on both presentation and poster.