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Student Poster Competition Information

Entry Form for the Poster Board 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

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  • 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 in any form, including failure to appropriately use in-text citations, will result in elimination from the competition.

Please note the top five individual and group posters from the university entries will be taken to the Michigan Energy Conference, to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Thursday, April 12. Conference attendees will view the posters and vote on their favorite posters in each category. The final rank of the top five posters will be determined by a combination of the judge’s scores and the vote of the conference attendees.

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 IRC Connector.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Entry forms must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2012 in order to be considered.
  • Two selections to choose from:
    • Individual (from FSU)
    • Group (from FSU - not more than five members per team please)
  • Prizes to be awarded for Ferris students in each division, in each classification are as follows: 1st place $500, 2nd place $250, 3rd place $125, 4th place $75, and 5th place $50 (10 main prizes in all for Ferris students).
  • With submission of your entry form to the Michigan Energy Conference, you agree to deliver your poster board to the place, on the day and the time established by the Student-Faculty Promotional Committee.
    • Ferris students must drop their poster boards off to the Rankin Center, to the Dome Room on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 between 8:00 a.m. and noon (12:00 p.m.)
  • Poster boards must remain in place until further notified by the committee.
  • Judging will take place on the day of, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from noon thru Friday, March 30th by 5:00 p.m. Winners in each of the categories will be notified via e-mail of their status by, Tuesday, April 10th.
  • Students with posters placing in the top five - individual and group will need to attend the conference, if at all possible. Winners will be provided with a letter requesting an excused absence from class, if needed. Lunch will be provided for all winners. If you cannot attend the awards ceremony, you MUST contact the poster committee to make alternative arrangements for someone to accept the award on your behalf.
  • At the discretion of the poster committee, all awards may not be handed out. Posters that do not meet the criteria stated in the Poster Board Design Requirements will not be considered for an award.


Why: To encourage students to research and investigate energy issues and compete for cash prizes of up to $500!

Who: Currently enrolled students at Ferris State are eligible to compete.

How:  1. Choose an energy topic that interests you.
          2. Create a poster board about your topic.
          3. Submit your poster board for judging.

When: The online registration signifying your intent to enter a poster must be completed by Monday, March 19, 2012. Registration entries received after this date may not be accepted.

Content: A wide range of topics may be considered in alternative energy as it relates to:

  • Sustainability
  • Energy efficiency and/or optimization
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy conservation
  • Business/economics
  • Health
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Emerging technology
  • Public policy (metering and efficiency)
  • Potential pollution

If you have any questions, please e-mail or or call 231.591.2768 or 231.591.2957

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