Annual Public Health Poster Session

Monday April 15, 2019

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Edge of Chaos

Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff members are invited to present, attend, and take part in learning and discussing the school's research and scholarly activities.

Poster submission deadline: EXTENDED TO March 27, 5pm CST

Information needed for poster submissions include:

  1. Information on the first author (i.e., presenter)
  2. Presenter’s UAB Status (Faculty, Staff, Post-doctoral fellow, and Doctoral, Master’s, or Undergraduate student)
  3. Biographical information on the first author (50 words or less)
  4. List of authors and departments
  5. Poster title
  6. Poster description (125 words or less)

We welcome alumni and our community and university collaborators to attend the Poster Session and learn about research being conducted at the School of Public Health. This day gives visibility to on-going and planned research activities ranging from completed research that has been presented at meetings to early-stage concepts of research projects. This annual event stimulates networking among students and faculty, celebrates our commitment to scientific discovery, and expresses our appreciation to our university and community collaborators. 

Poster Guidelines

Student and Post-doctoral Fellow Printing Instructions

The cost of poster production (white background only) for SOPH non-faculty participants (students, post-docs) will be paid by the Dean’s Office. The School of Public Health will use The Biomedical Sciences Poster Service Center. If you desire to have the Dean's Office pay for printing, the instructions listed below must be followed: 

  • All posters must be electronically delivered by email to Paula Garman by 10:00 AM, April 8thSend your poster as a pdf and put your first and last name in the filename. The Pickup date for posters is April 12th at noon. The SOPH Dean's Office will only pay for the printing of posters for SOPH Research Day! 

  • Students should pick-up their posters at the Biomedical Sciences Poster Service Center.

  • The Biomedical Sciences Poster Service Center is located on the first floor of the Shelby Building, 1825 University Boulevard; and the phone number is (205) 996-0811.


Printing Instructions for All Posters

Templates for your poster are available here: Poster Templates

General Format: The general format of the poster presentation is as follows:

  1. Title: Needs to be distinctive and should accurately convey the research issue. Titles should have a maximum length of 1 to 2 lines of text.
  2. Introduction: is used to heighten the interest of the observer. The introduction should:
    1. Place the research issue in the context of published primary literature
    2. Provide a description and justification of research
    3. Give a clear statement of the hypothesis
    4. The introduction (approximately 125 words in length) should use the absolute minimum of background information and definitions.
  1. Methods: The methods section should provide information on the population included in the research, how data were collected, exposure and outcome definitions. A sub-section of the methods should provide a high-level description of the approach for conducting the statistical analyses.
  1. Results: This section should comprise the bulk (e.g., two-thirds) of your poster and should be comprised of tables and figures. 
  1. Summary: The first objective is to summarize the primary outcome of the research providing a brief description of qualitative results. This general statement should be followed by a presentation of data (charts, images, or tables) that specifically addresses the hypothesis. The results section is typically the largest section of the poster.
  2. Conclusions: contains a discussion (approximately 200 words) of why the research results obtained are conclusive and interesting relative to findings reported in related publications. The conclusion also mentions areas where further research is needed.
  3. Reference: Should be listed in a consistent bibliographic format used in your area of research. Journal articles are considered to be primary references and are a preferred source for information. Some posters do not have references and those that do limit references to 10 citations maximum. 
  4. Acknowledgments: This section is used to thank individuals for specific contributions to project and to acknowledge funding agencies, if appropriate.

Poster Details - Poster sizes (height x length)

    1. Due to limited space, the preferred poster size is 36" x 48".
    2. Cost of poster production (white background only) for non-faculty participants will be paid by the Dean’s Office.

Judging Criteria

Public Health Research Day judges are UAB Faculty and alumni.  The judges are selected and invited to Public Health Poster Session by the Dean of the School of Public Health.  On the day of the event, judges spend time discussing posters with their assigned presenters and completing the Judge's Evaluation Form, which contains a checklist of critical review areas and a rating scale.  At least two judges will review each poster and the top three posters in each category will receive an award.  

The judging will start promptly at 3:30 PM; presenters may start setting up their posters by 2:30 PM.

Poster Content Evaluation Items

  • Communication Skills - (e.g., Verbal Skills: clarity, ability to discuss content.)
  • Balance and Conciseness - (e.g., Is proper emphasis and coverage given to pertinent issues?)
  • Validity - (e.g., Is presentation sufficiently supported by data or facts?)
  • Potential importance of content - (e.g., innovative ideas, potential impact on the target population )
  • Organization - (e.g., Is the poster easy to follow in terms of information flow and layout?)

Four Categories will be awarded:

1st Place:  Post-Doctoral, Doctoral Student, Master Student, Bachelor Student

2nd Place: Post-Doctoral, Doctoral Student, Master Student, Bachelor Student

Third Place:  Post-Doctoral, Doctoral Student, Master Student, Bachelor Student


2:30 PM - Registration/sign-in/poster set-up

3:30 PM - Poster Session begins

3:30 PM - Judging begins

5:00 PM - Awards Presentation

5:30 PM - Poster Session Ends

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