Participation Overview and Guidelines

What is a poster symposium?

Poster sessions have become a popular way of presenting scholarship in a variety of disciplines at professional meetings. Poster sessions are popular because more people can view and read the poster than at a traditional oral presentation, and more importantly, there is a greater opportunity to interact with the scholar. The Millikin Poster Symposium is designed to provide all undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to share their scholarly activities regardless of discipline, enhance student written and oral communication skills, increase campus and community exposure to the variety of scholarly activities conducted by students and faculty, and encourage students and faculty to participate in future scholarship events.

Cash awards for top-judged posters are funded by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Judith and G. Richard Locke Awards.

What can be expected at the 2021 virtual poster symposium?

The 2021 virtual symposium will be held online using a dedicated Zoom meeting for each poster presenter. The audience will be a mix of Millikin students, faculty, judges and invited guests (e.g., parents, Board of Trustees) who examine, read and chat with student authors about their scholarship. Poster authors will present their posters and answer questions. Questions typically range from, "What did you do? Why/how did you decide to do the study? What did you learn from your project? What can you do with your results?, etc." Past presenters report they enjoyed chatting with others about their research and felt the experience increased their confidence and ability to make public presentations.

Participation rules

  1. Your scholarly work is eligible if it has been conducted between May 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021, and not been previously submitted to the Millikin Poster Symposium. Examples of scholarly work include student-faculty collaborative projects conducted in regularly scheduled courses, seminars, independent study, directed study, internships, JMS projects or the master’s degree programs. Scholarly work also includes research resulting in data, performance art, literary expositions and critiques and creative artistic displays.
  2. A faculty member must sponsor your poster entry by stating that your scholarly work represents grade level work of B or above.
  3. Your virtual poster display should be a .pdf file and submitted to Lori Gilbert at by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm. While poster presentations in 2021 will be virtual, we recommend using the following professional guidelines and seeking the guidance of your faculty sponsor to prepare your poster.
    • Poster dimensions with a 48 inch width and 36 inch height.
    • Title font may be as large as 72 point.
    • The body of your poster should conform to the style guidelines of your discipline. Your actual poster text font should be at least 18 point using 1-inch margins to insure that it can be easily read from a distance of 5 feet.
    • All poster images should have a minimum of 200 dpi resolution.
  4. You will be assigned a presentation number and unique Zoom meeting link that will be e-mailed to you by Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The Poster Symposium will take place using your designated Zoom meeting.
  5. Presenters are responsible for business professional dress and being present for their one hour assigned presentation time on Friday, April 23, 2021 in their designated Zoom meeting. It is recommended that authors start their Zoom meeting 10 minutes prior to their assigned time. The first 30 minutes of your assigned presentation time will be for judging with the final 30 minutes being open to the public.
  6. Two judges will evaluate each poster at your designated presentation time on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  7. Poster awards will be presented virtually at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 23rd using a Zoom meeting link send to all participants and faculty advisors. The prize money will be distributed by checks and can be picked up from Lori Gilbert in Shilling 212. Winners will receive an email when their prize check is available.

Submission requirements

Abstract submissions open Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM and close Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM. No late entries will be accepted. Use the guidelines below to prepare your abstract submission. Entries will be rejected if they do not adhere to the guidelines listed below.

  • The entire abstract title should use capital letters and is limited to a maximum of 25 words.
  • Organize the poster authors in order of author contribution and ensure the affiliation of all authors is included.
  • List the faculty sponsor and discipline.
  • Poster abstracts are limited to 250 words.
  • Your virtual poster display should be a .pdf file and submitted to Lori Gilbert at  by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm.



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**REMINDER** Your poster dimensions can be no longer than 4 feet horizontally and no shorter than 4 feet vertically!