The annual Symposium for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity provides undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty an opportunity to share their research, creative endeavors, and professional learning experiences with the University and greater community.
The event facilitates the promotion of scholastic achievements of inquiring minds, for a lifetime pursuit of knowledge enabled by University-wide collaboration and scholarship.
We will feature the following events:
See the Research Symposium Flyer for more information.
Please use the application form link to submit your information to present at the Madonna University Research Symposium. We encourage various types of creative and scholastic endeavours. You may present your work as a research poster, demonstration poster, interactive display, or exhibition display. Only student research posters are eligible for prizes. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for undergraduate and graduate divisions (each). 1st place = $100, 2nd place = $75, 3rd place = $50. (Group projects will share the prize.)
If you are submitting a research poster, please ensure that you have the following information on hand before you complete the application:
Madonna Symposium of Research Scholarship hosts an interactive posters presentation session to allow students and faculty to showcase their research and ideas. Posters are widely used in the academic and scientific community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program. The main purpose of the research poster is to concisely and succinctly summarize information or research to generate discussion.
A poster is typically a mixture of text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At Madonna, we expect students to stand by the poster display during the presentation period to answer questions, and interact with the audience. Research posters will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of experts, and prizes will be awarded to both undergraduate and graduate winners.
While it is not required that students utilize this specific product or format, the FAQ guide below provides a variety of important resources for designing an effective and dynamic poster, as well as some helpful tips regarding content and structure and preparing yourself to be present at the event:
Suggested Research Symposium poster template (.PPT)
This template is designed to make a 36x48 poster. When finished, you can export it as a PDF (File>Export>Choose PDF in drop down menu) to send for printing.
We have made arrangements with Metro Detroit Printing to provide poster printing services. If you are interested, please follow instructions below:
There are no hard fast rules, but there are some important, effective design guidelines that should be adhered to when designing an academic poster.
It is important to make the color graphics and fonts appealing and visible to the audience. Please review the following important tips.
You can use any design software you are comfortable with, however, we recommend using Microsoft PowerPoint. Templates are available at the following link.
If you use images from the web, make sure you are not breaking copyright law. Request permission from the images owner or make sure you use images that are licensed as Creative Commons. Some links for Creative Commons & Public Domain Images are below:
Flickr Creative Commons: Image owners offer their work under a Creative Commons license
Google Advanced Image Search: Limit results to creative commons by selecting "labeled for reuse" under usage rights.
Wikimedia Commons: Repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content, including images, sounds and videos.
It is really important to convey the information in a manner that is interesting, holds the attention of your audience without boring them, and highlights the pertinent facts using the visual components of the poster. This link will explain the Do’s and Don’ts of poster presentations.