Engage the UM community with your Scholars practicum projects! The College Park Scholars Academic Showcase is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center on campus.

Register for Academic Showcase

Participation Guidelines for Academic Showcase

  • Dress is business casual.
  • Arrive at ESJ no later than 3:30 pm (unless your program has given you another time). Check in with your program immediately.
  • Take time throughout the afternoon to discuss your projects with visitors.  Ask your visitors who they are. (It helps to know your audience. You may be talking to someone who coordinates national scholarships for the campus, or directs a departmental honors program).
  • Take time during the Showcase to review your fellow students’ projects.

Design and Print Your Academic Showcase Poster

Posters reporting Scholars practica must be designed and created electronically.

We recommend designing your poster as a single PowerPoint slide. If you use any other software package to develop your poster, or if you create your poster with PowerPoint for Macintosh, submit it in PDF format, following guidelines below.

Technical Requirements

  • Size: 30” wide x 36” high (portrait only). Make these your dimensions with the Page Setup button on the Design tab.
  • You can download a sample poster template here. If using this template, be sure to adapt it to suit your project.
  • File name: Save your document using the following naming scheme: [Last Name][First Name][Contact information]. For example, [EubanksDave3013141369.pptx]. Contact information will make it possible to be in touch if there are problems printing your poster.
  • SAVE as you go along.  In addition to submitting a copy, make sure you have a backup copy should your submission be lost.
  • If your poster is designed with a Mac, do not submit a PowerPoint document. Instead, save the file as a PDF. Verify that the PDF of your file has the proper dimensions; otherwise, it will print as a small image in the center of a 30” x 36” poster.

Poster Text Guidelines

  • A poster should be readable from at least three feet away.
  • Use standard fonts (otherwise there is some risk the printer will not generate readable text)
  • Text should be no smaller than 18-point font, preferably 24-point.
  • Headings should be 36-point or larger
  • Designers recommend no more than three font types on one document.
  • A three- or five-column layout is pleasing to the eye.

Poster Images/Pictures Guidelines

  • Do not embed Quicktime data as images. They will be unreadable.
  • Images should have a minimum DPI of 150 at any size
  • Do not destroy any image’s aspect ratio. Make sure “Lock aspect ratio” is selected if you resize.
  • Label any pictures, graphs or tables.

Required components for all posters

  • University of Maryland logo in the top, left-hand corner. Download UM Seal.
  • Scholars Sunspot image in the top, right-hand corner. Download Scholars logo (.png) or  Scholars logo (.eps)
  • Project title
  • Your name and email address
  • Your Scholars program (be accurate), and your academic major
  • Check your spelling.  Your credibility diminishes significantly if there are typographic errors on your poster. 

Required components by project type

A research project poster, unless otherwise specified by your instructor, should include the following sections:

  1. Research question
  2. Research context
  3. Detailed methodology description
  4. Any limitations of the study
  5. Data collected - tabular, graphic, and/or bulleted text
  6. Analysis of data with findings and conclusions clearly labeled
  7. Suggestions for future research
  8. Citations for secondary literature
  9. Acknowledgement of those who assisted you

Materials such as a copy of a questionnaire or interview protocol are not required, but you may include them on your poster if you think they are necessary for telling your research story. An alternate is to place such materials in a binder in front of the poster for visitors to review.

A poster for a non-research project, unless otherwise specified by your instructor, should include the following sections:

  1. Internship/Service Site: Present the service site, its mission, and contact information for it.
  2. Issue Confronting Site: Introduce your internship site or the issue confronting your service site that your project addressed.
  3. Activities: Tell what you did on your internship, or to address the issue confronting the site.
  4. Impact: Describe the impact that your work had for the organization and that the experience had on you (i.e., adding to your knowledge base, repertoire of skills, attitudes, and outlook).
  5. Future work: Describe possible future internships or issues that you may pursue as a result of this practicum.
  6. Acknowledgments: Acknowledge those who assisted you with your practicum, most of all your site supervisor.