The CFAES Annual Research Conference
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Call for Posters

The Ohio State University is one of the world’s best public research universities, offering about 280 graduate study programs in all. Research is a key component of graduate education, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) translates this cutting-edge research to stakeholders across the state. By engaging with our stakeholders, we provide research, technology, and knowledge to support safe, sustainable, and viable agricultural practices across Ohio and the world. Each year, the research done by our students and research scientists is put on display at the CFAES Annual Research Conference Poster Competition.


The Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled or recently graduated (Spring 2019 or later) graduate students, including M.S., Ph.D., and professional students, working on a CFAES supported project. Post-docs and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists, including Visiting Scholars that are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, are also invited to participate. Entrants may present only posters on original research they have conducted while at The Ohio State University.

Posters for the competition must be submitted online as a PDF and then printed and displayed at the CFAES Annual Research Conference. Each entrant may submit only one poster and must register separately to attend the conference (registration is free).


Four separate competitions will be held for Master’s students, Doctoral students, Post-docs, and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists.

All posters will undergo a review process during which they will be scored. Evaluations will be based on the abstract, poster content, design, and the poster presentation according to a rubric developed by the Conference Committee, which can be found here.

Poster judges are recruited from a variety of fields within CFAES, so it is recommended that content is clearly explained for the non-technical audience. Following the conference, each participant will receive an email with the feedback provided by the judges on their poster submission.

First, second, and third place winners in each competition will receive awards of $500, $300, and $150, respectively. Winners will be announced at the CFAES Annual Research Conference on April 21, 2020. Winners must be present at the conference to receive the award. Excused absences for non-moveable obligations (e.g., a final exam) will be allowed with written explanation from the entrant’s advisor or supervisor. If a participant is unable to attend the conference, their advisor needs to provide a justification by emailing the Graduate Education Coordinator, Kayla Arnold ( or they will be excluded from the competition.

All abstracts can be published in the Knowledge Bank and made available online, allowing the abstracts to be listed in the authors’ curriculum vitae. In order to have their posters uploaded, participants must complete the Knowledge Bank License Agreement and submit this to the Graduate Education Coordinator via email. Otherwise, posters will not be posted online.


Participants in the poster competition must submit a completed poster registration form, their abstract, and a PDF of their poster by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 9, 2020 here.

An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the entrant to acknowledge receipt of submission. The website will be closed for submission at the deadline and no late submissions will be accepted.

The following will be required during the submission process:

  • Poster registration form: Participants must submit their name, degree sought, department, advisor’s name and email address.
  • Abstract: Must include title, authors, and a maximum 250-word summary of the study and findings.
  • Poster: All posters must use a university approved poster template, which can be found at this page. Failing to use the pre-approved template will result in elimination from the competition. Each poster should be uploaded in PDF format.


  • Poster Size - one sided: no larger than 42" x 36" displayed horizontally or vertically.
  • Format: All posters must use the university approved poster template, which can be found here.
  • Each poster should include:
    1. Title Banner - Including the title, author(s), and department(s) - Entrant must be first author.
    2. Introduction - A clear and concise statement of the rationale, hypothesis, and justification for the project, the objectives of the research, and general approach.
    3. Materials and Methods - An outline of the key materials and methods defining how the experiment or study was conducted.
    4. Results - Tables, figures, photos, etc., showing and documenting experimental findings and analyses.
    5. Conclusions and Discussion - A statement of the conclusions from the study results and a brief explanation of the study’s scientific rigor, discoveries and their significance, and congruence (or lack of) with the body of scientific knowledge.
    6. Acknowledgments and References - A brief acknowledgment of other contributors who are not authors, and key literature references to the study, if required.
      Note: Students pursuing a professional degree who would like to submit a poster that may not follow these exact content guidelines, please contact the Graduate Education Coordinator, Kayla Arnold for further details.
  • Legibility: All text and figures should be readable from a distance of one meter, including captions and figure legends. Illustrations should be relatively large with heavy lines. Colors may be used to accent features or visibility.
  • Continuity: The presentation should be a coherent series of statements and supporting illustrations, with each leading to the next, which show the flow of the presentation and the progression of the study.


All participants must also register separately for the conference by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 here.


Posters must be set up by 9:00am on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the Wooster Campus Conference Center (1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691). Access to the area will be from 8:00am to 9:00am.

Presenters are expected to attend the conference and participate in the presentation portion of the competition, which will take place from approximately 10-11:30am on April 21. Students should stand by their posters and be present to answer questions and discuss their research. This portion will count for 15% of their total poster score, as outlined above. Transportation will be provided from Columbus to Wooster.

Display boards and pins for mounting will be provided for display of posters. Posters must remain up until the end of the conference (approximately 2:00pm). Posters must be removed immediately following the conference.


All poster submissions must be completed by March 9, 2020 at 5:00pm. All participants must be registered to attend the conference by April 8, 2020 at 5:00pm.


All awards will be presented at the CFAES Annual Research Conference, to be held in Wooster, Ohio on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the Wooster Campus Conference Center (1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691).