Michigan Energy Conference



Poster Competition


The Student Poster Board Competition - Tips for Submitters 
The Student Poster Board Competition - Competition Judging Guidelines
The Student Poster Board Competition - Poster Board Design Requirements
The Student Poster Board Competition -  Guidelines & General Information

Tips for Submitters 

  • Make a sketch of your layout before placing your papers on the poster board.
  • Use photos, figures, and tables to tell the story of your topic. 
  • Present information in a sequence that is easy to follow.
  • A poster board should not rely on verbal explanations.
  • Use active voice when writing the text.
  • Avoid overuse of color.
  • Edit. There is almost always too much text in a poster.
      - Good rule of thumb is about 25% text, about 45% graphics and about 30%     empty space.
      - Consider using bulleted statements.

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Competition Judging Guidelines

Content must include (80% of total points awarded):

  • Relevancy and quality of content
  • Heading which must include the author’s name and title
  • Brief abstract/introduction
  • Visual images to illustrate the topic
  • Citations
  • Conclusion
  • Mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc)

Design (20% of total points awarded):

  • Visually pleasing
  • Orderly
  • Creativity

Plagiarism will result in elimination from the competition.

The decisions of the judges of this competition shall be final.

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Poster Board Design Requirements

  • Tri-fold, 36” H x 48” W, free standing poster board.  A model with these dimensions may be seen in the front entrance lobby of the FLITE library.
  • The Michigan Energy Conference logo must be prominent on the poster board.  The downloadable copy of the logo is linked on the left side of this page. www.ferris.edu/mec
  • Background can be any color.
  • The paper on the poster board should be organized so that it is clear, orderly, logical and self-explanatory.
  • The abstract / introduction must be in the upper left corner and the conclusion in the lower right corner.
  • The abstract / introduction must summarize the main content of the poster.
  • Lettering for titles must be readable from at least 6 feet away.
       o Title should be placed prominently at the top of the poster board.
  • Letters for text must be readable from at least 4 feet away.
       o Double space all text.
       o Use left justification.
  • Do not use abbreviations that are not known to all.
  • Words must run left to right.
  • The same typeface (e.g., Arial, Garamond, Lucida, Verdana, etc.) must be used throughout.  Fonts (e.g., regular, bold, italic) may vary.
  • Construct easy-to-interpret graphs and tables for information and comparisons.
  • Colored paper may be used to frame printed sheets.
  • No computers will be allowed at your display.
  • No animation or moving parts permitted.

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Guidelines & General Information

  • Poster board competition will be held April 16 – 17, 2009 at Ferris State University in conjunction with the Michigan Energy Conference. 
  • Entry forms must be received by 5:00 pm, March 16, 2009 in order to be considered. 
  • Both Individual and Group entries will be accepted for this competition.  Prizes to be awarded in each division are as follows:
      1st place $500, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $125, 4th place $75, and  5th place $50.  (10 main prizes in all). 
  •  With submission of your entry form to the Michigan Energy Conference, you agree to deliver your poster board on the place, and on the day and time established by the Student-Faculty Promotional Committee. 
  • The Student-Faculty Promotional Committee will notify you of acceptance by email. At the time, you will be informed where to deliver your poster board.
  • Poster boards must be set up between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on April 16, 2009.
  • Poster boards must remain in place until 7:00 pm on April 16, 2009.
  • Poster boards remaining after 7:00 pm on April 16, 2009 will be disposed of by the Committee.  The Committee will not be responsible for poster boards or any additional materials left after the stated hours. 
  • Judging will take place at 12:00 pm on April 16, 2009 and the winners will be announced during the conference Guest Speakers presentations on Thursday evening, April 16, 2009.
  • Students must be in attendance at the Thursday evening event in order to be qualified for an award.

Why: To encourage students to investigate energy issues in Michigan and compete for          cash prizes up to $500!
Who: All currently enrolled FSU students are eligible to compete.
How: 1. Choose a Michigan energy topic that interests you.
         2. Create a poster board about your topic.
         3. Submit your poster board for judging.
When: Deadline for entries is March 16, 2009; poster boards must be completed and           ready for display by April 16, 2009.
Content: A wide range of topics may be considered in alternative energy as it relates              to:

  • Business/economics
  • Health
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Emerging technology
  • Public policy (metering and efficiency)
  • Potential pollution
  • Michigan

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