Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Michigan Energy Conference Poster Competition

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

Download the MEC Logo
  • 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.
Poster  Competition

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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 will result in elimination from the competition.

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. www.ferris.edu/mec
  • 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

  • Poster board competition will be held April 7-8, 2010 at Ferris State University in conjunction with the Michigan Energy Conference.
  • Entry forms must be received by 5 p.m., March 10, 2010 in order to be considered.
  • There are three (3) groups this year:
    • Individual (from FSU)
    • Group (from FSU - not more than five members please)
    • High School students from the following schools: (Big Rapids, Crossroads, Reed City, Morley-Stanwood and Chippewa Hills).
  • 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).
  • Prizes to be awarded for High School students are as follows: $100 plus a $1,000 scholarship for top three places and $50 plus $1,000 scholarship for 4 thru 6th place.
  • With submission of your entry form to the Michigan Energy Conference, you agree to deliver your poster board to the place, and on the day and time established by the Student-Faculty Promotional Committee.
    • University students must drop their poster boards off to Wink arena on April 6, 2010 between noon and 4 p.m.
    • High school students must drop their posters boards off during business hours (8:30 to 5 p.m.) to the Department of Public Safety (South Commons) to June Swanson by April 2, 2010. The Student-Faculty Promotional Committee will notify you of acceptance by email.
  • Poster boards must remain in place until notified by the committee.
  • Judging will take place after 4:00 p.m. on April 6, 2010 and the winners will be announced during the conference Guest Speaker presentation on Wednesday evening, April 7, 2010.
  • Students must be in attendance at the Wednesday evening event in order to be qualified for an award.
  • 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 investigate energy issues and compete for cash prizes up to $500!

Who: Currently enrolled students at Ferris or high school students from Big Rapids, Crossroads, Reed City, Morley-Stanwood and Chippewa Hills 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: Deadline for High School entries is March 10, 2010; poster boards must be completed and ready for display by April 2, 2010.

Deadline for University entries is April 6, 2010; poster boards must be completed and dropped off to WINK Arena between noon and 4 p.m. on April 6, 2010.

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

  • Business/economics
  • Health
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Emerging technology
  • Public policy (metering and efficiency)
  • Potential pollution

If you have any questions, please e-mail johns478@ferris.edu or mariond@ferris.edu or call (231) 591-2768 or (231) 591-3164

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