Poster Presentations



The 2018 poster presentations are August 16th in Creelman Hall.


Summer CORE Program students share project advancements and results with colleagues and the OVC community from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM in Creelman Hall.

Faculty, funding agency representatives and graduate students are invited to act as evaluators, reviewing the scientific and educational poster projects in a number of criteria including clarity, overall design, and the student's ability to present the information. If you would like to join the evaluation team please email Elizabeth Lowenger.

The day will officially wrap up with an awards presentations for posters at 4PM. All Summer CORE Program participants and their advisors and funders are welcome. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Lowenger.



Poster Presentation Days

As part of the Poster Presentation, you will be required to staff your poster on ONE day – either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Staffing the poster means you will attend your poster and answer questions from faculty, students and staff who attend the session. You are not required to give an oral presentation, but be prepared to go through your poster.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have a preferred day, due to conflicts, no later than Monday, August 7th at noon. The final schedule will be circulated by e-mail and loaded onto the CORE web site.

You are required to have your poster in place by 10:00 am the day of your presentation. The display boards will be assembled the morning of August 14th, so you are welcome to place it before leaving work on Monday or Tuesday if you are scheduled for the Tuesday or Wednesday session. The OVC community and any funding agency will be invited to view the posters on each session (conference style). Please ensure you remove your poster by 2PM the day of your presentation.

Evaluation of Posters

Faculty and Graduate Student Evaluators will review posters and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places (along with honourable mentions).

You will be reviewed in three categories as follows:

  • Visual appeal of poster (organisation, readability, quality of illustrations, impact of message)
  • Quality of science (Clarity of objectives/ hypotheses/ methods/ results/ conclusions)
  • Knowledge of content (Can you explain major problems and findings simply? Why is the problem important? How will this work be applied?)

Evaluators may also make suggestions for possible improvements while discussing your poster with you as part of the learning process.

Many thanks to our team of judges:



Guidelines for Creating Your Poster

A session to assist you in preparing and presenting your poster using PowerPoint will be scheduled.

The advisors of the program along with the evaluators are aware that not all projects will have conclusive results at this point in the summer. We are aware that many projects are ongoing. The idea is that you are able to discuss what you were working towards, include results if you have them and, if not, discuss what needs completing in order to attain results, projection of results where possible, etc. All this, any issues of confidentiality, and authorship of the poster should be discussed with your faculty advisor(s) or graduate student supervisor working on the project.

Note: Prizes are not awarded on the basis of results.

There are a number of research posters displayed around the OVC. Look around and see what catches your eye, which ones are clear and easy to read, coherent and graphically pleasing. Your advisor(s) can give you the appropriate additional advice on the creation of your posters, content and format appropriate to your specific projects. You might find the document "Effective Poster Design" from the University of Guelph TSS useful, and the University of Guelph Learning Commons has produced this How to Prepare a Poster guide. 

Size: Posters are not to exceed 36" (height) x 48" (width)

The cost of printing ONE unlaminated poster per Summer CORE Program participant is covered through the Summer CORE Program.

Every poster MUST include the following:

We have created this template using the University of Guelph colours to use as a guide. You may change the colours of the poster and change the size and number of the columns, but please use the logos in the header as they appear. The Univeristy of Guelph logo may be in one of the four acceptable colours, the Summer CORE Program logo must be in its original colours.

It is especially important that your advisor review the content you wish to include. Please review the information on the University of Guelph Graphic Standards webpage. If you have any other questions regarding poster creation, staff in the Learning Technologies Centre are happy to assist. Contact them at ext. 54778.

NB: You must ensure that your poster is ready for display by August 11th.

Submitting Posters For Printing

The cost of printing one copy of your poster without lamination will be covered by the Summer Leadership & Research Program. Inform the on-campus service you are using that the cost will be charged to the program coding and have them contact Elizabeth Lowenger by email at or by phone at extension 54430. Also, be certain that the version set to be printed is the final copy approved by your advisor(s) since the program will not pay for reprints. Be sure to ask that velcro tape be put on the back of your poster.

On-campus locations where you can get your poster printed:

If there are questions or concerns, please contact any of the Summer CORE Program Advisors.

Videos of previous Summer Program poster presentation winners:

Akash Jairaj - 2016 1st Place

Melanie Harness - 2015 1st Place

Aaron Percival - 2015 1st Place

Sangsoo Kim - 2014 1st Place

Chanel Schwarzentruber - 2014 1st Place

Chris Pinard - 2013 1st Place

Spencer MacDonald - 2013 1st Place

Kelsie Jagt - 2012 1st Place

Karen Schwindt - 2012 1st Place

Nadine Vogt - 2012 2nd Place