students and faculty mingle at poster competition.

ISE Research Celebration and
Poster Competition

All undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the 2024 ISE Research Celebration and Poster Competition. 

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. | 339 Bell Hall | Refreshments will be served.


Each submission must be approved/sponsored by at least one ISE faculty member and include the following information:

  • Title 
  • Name and affiliations of the author(s) 
  • Abstract 
  • How the poster will be paid for (the department or the faculty advisor(s) of the participant) 

Interested students should complete the Abstract Submission Form by 5 p.m. on February 10, 2024. Each student is allowed to compete with only one poster (i.e., one submission per student).

The evaluation of posters will be conducted during the poster presentation session by faculty, staff, and students. Posters will be scored based on the number of votes received: faculty and staff vote (50%) and ISE student vote (50%). Each person can vote for up to 3 posters. The ISE poster(s) with the highest scores will be selected to compete in the school-wide SEAS Annual Graduate Research and Information Event. All posters are also encouraged to participate in the Sigma Xi Graduate Student Poster Competition in April. 

Interested students can obtain more information about the competition by sending inquiries to Dr. Jun Zhuang and Dr. Abbas Keramati

Important Dates

Feb. 10th, 5 p.m. Deadline for poster abstract submission: Abstract Submission Form

Feb. 12th, 12 p.m. Deadline for electronic poster submission in PPT/PDF. Please upload final poster versions this UBBox folder.

  • File format: firstname_lastname.* (only PDF or PPT files please)

Feb. 16th ISE Research Poster Competition 12-1:30 p.m. with refreshments, 339 Bell Hall

Poster Competition Formatting Guidelines

Students must follow the formatting guidelines below, which are consistent with UB SEAS Poster Competition. There are also some general suggestions.

Overall Poster Format


  • Title and subtitles should be in capital letters. The author(s) and affiliation(s) in the main title can be lowercase to accentuate the title. 
  • General text should be in lowercase and double-spaced, as this is much easier to read.
  • General text is most easily produced by photographic enlargement of typewritten text or by personal computers with word processing programs equipped with large font sizes. 


  • Display graphics clearly and concisely, to reflect salient points. 
  • Simplify! Complex graphs are too difficult to read and comprehend. 
  • Simple use of color can add emphasis effectively. Each graph should have a heading of one or two lines stating the “take-home” message. Detailed information should be provided in a legend accompanying each graph. 
Other Suggestions and Tips
  • Strive to make poster as self-explanatory as possible. 
  • Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms. 
  • Limit figure captions to one or two sentences. 
  • Color is useful for creating visual impact, but only use a few and stick to common colors. 
  • Be sure information is presented in a way that ANY engineering major will be able to understand. Remember, the goal is to introduce/explain your discipline in more detail to OTHER engineering disciplines. 
  • To maximize the effectiveness of the poster, keep the presentation simple and clear, even if the topic is complex. Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised in inquiry. There should be an overall balance between text and graphics and clearly labeled sequence in the order of the layout. 
  • Arrange materials in vertical columns rather than a horizontal row format. It is easier for viewers to scan a poster by moving systematically along it rather than zig-zagging back and forth in front of it. Simple but prominent subheadings like “Introduction”, Methods”, “Results”, “Discussion”, and “Conclusions” are very helpful.