Student Research Days

Applications for Research Day 2024 are now Open!

About Student Research Days

ϼ Student Research Days is an annual event where students showcase their hard work and discoveries from individual or group research projects.

Students can submit work and win a prize in one of three categories.

Proposal

Apply in this category if you have planned a research project but have not yet collected and analyzed data. Submissions should take the form of a poster. This category is appropriate for students who have taken research methods courses whose summative assignment is a research proposal. You will be invited to explain your proposal to the judges.

Poster

Apply in this category if you have designed a research project and collected and analyzed data. Submissions should take the form of a poster. You will be invited to explain your project and findings to the judges.

Panel

Apply in this category if you have written a research essay. You will be invited to present a fifteen-minute version of your essay in a conference-style panel presentation.

Prizes in each category:

  1. First place $500
  2. Second place $300
  3. Third place $150

Key Dates 2024

  • March 11: Applications for Research Day deadline, due by 11:59 p.m.
  • April 9 (12 - 3PM): Student Research Day at Coquitlam Campus
  • April 11 (12 - 3PM) : Student Research Day at New Westminster Campus

Eligibility

  • ϼ student at the time that the research was conducted or the proposal prepared. We will be accepting students from the Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 term.
  • Faculty sponsor must be aware of your project and sign off on your application form
  • Must be able to present on one of the Student Research Days events

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria for proposal posters:

  • Grasp of topic and the research process
  • Poster formatting
  • Presentation style

Judging criteria for panel presentations:

  • Presentation style
  • Originality and exigency of project
  • Content of research essay

Judging requirements are subject to change.

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Grasp of topic and the research process
  • Poster contains ALL necessary components to convey a complete picture of the proposed study
  • Excellent use of research terminology
  • Conveyed sophisticated understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated excellent grasp of key research concepts and processes
  • Poster contains enough components to convey a mostly complete picture of the proposed study
  • Good use of research terminology
  • Conveyed good understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated good grasp of key research concepts and processes
  • Poster contains enough components to convey an adequate picture of the proposed study
  • Adequate use of research terminology
  • Conveyed adequate understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated adequate grasp of research concepts and processes
  • Poster contains multiple missing components so it is hard to understand the proposed study
  • Poor use of research terminology
  • Conveyed weak understanding of the topic
  • Struggled to convey key research concepts and processes
Poster formatting
  • The poster is compelling, easy to read, and invites the reader through poster colours and formatting
  • Visuals and graphics effectively communicate key aspects of the research project
  • The poster is well organized and has a logical flow
  • The poster has an appropriate amount of text, is well written with no spelling or grammar errors
  • References are included
  • The poster is easy to read and invites the reader through poster colours and formatting
  • Visuals and graphics are mostly effective in communicating key aspects of the research project
  • Some adjustments to the formatting are recommended
  • The poster is mostly well organized and has a logical flow
  • Text on the poster is mostly clearly conveyed
  • Some grammar or spelling mistakes
  • The poster is somewhat hard to read or somewhat uninviting
  • Visuals and graphics are not effective in communicating key aspects of the research project
  • There are notable formatting problems
  • The poster is disorganized or is difficult to follow
  • Text on the poster lacks clarity in some places
  • Frequent grammar or spelling mistakes
  • References are not included
  • The poster is very hard to read and uninviting
  • Visuals and graphics are unrelated to the research project
  • Poster formatting requires significant revisions
  • The poster is disorganized or is difficult to follow
  • Text on the poster lacks clarity in many places
  • Multiple grammar or spelling mistakes
  • References are not included
Presentation style
  • Presented engagingly, articulately, and with enthusiasm
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • The ‘so what’ of the study is clear and compelling
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Presentation style was effective, clear, and engaging
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Presentation style was at times effective, clear, and engaging
  • Struggled to convey relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • Intermittent eye contact
  • Presentation style lacked clarity and was difficult to follow
  • Little to no eye contact

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Presentation content (grasp of topic and research concepts)
  • Excellent use of research terminology
  • Conveyed sophisticated understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated excellent grasp of key research concepts and processes
  • Good use of research terminology
  • Conveyed good understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated good grasp of key research concepts and processes
  • Presentation style was at times clear, effective, and engaging
  • Struggled to convey relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • Intermittent eye contact
  • Poor use of research terminology
  • Conveyed weak understanding of the topic
  • Struggled to convey key research concepts and processes
Presentation style
  • Presented engagingly, articulately, and with enthusiasm
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • The “so what” of the study is clear and compelling
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Presentation style was clear, effective, and engaging
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Adequate use of research terminology
  • Conveyed adequate understanding of the topic
  • Demonstrated adequate grasp of key research concepts and processes
  • Presentation style lacked enthusiasm
  • Did not reach an interdisciplinary audience
  • Little or no eye contact
Poster formatting
  • Poster colours, formatting, and use of visuals and graphics effectively conveys the research project
  • The poster is well organized and has logical flow
  • Poster colours, formatting, and use of visuals and graphics effectively are mostly effective
  • Some adjustments to the formatting are recommended
  • The poster is well organized and has a logical flow
  • Poster formatting requires revisions
  • The poster is disorganized or is difficult to follow
  • Poster formatting requires significant revisions
  • The poster is disorganized or is difficult to follow
Poster content
  • The poster has an appropriate amount of text, is well written with no spelling or grammar errors
  • All components of the research study are included
  • References are included
  • Text on the poster is mostly clearly conveyed
  • All necessary components of the research study are provided
  • Some grammar or spelling mistakes
  • References are included
  • Text on the poster lacks clarity
  • Some components of the research study are missing
  • There are some grammar or spelling mistakes and/or references are not included
  • Text on the poster cannot be understood
  • References are not included

Judging requirements are subject to change.

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3

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Presentation style
  • Presentation style was effective, clear, engaging, and delivered with enthusiasm
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Presentation style was effective, clear, and engaging
  • Maintained eye contact
  • Presentation style was at times effective, clear, and engaging
  • Intermittent eye contact
  • Presentation style lacked clarity and was difficult to follow
  • Little to no eye contact
Originality and exigency of project
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to an interdisciplinary audience
  • The “so what” of the study was clear and compelling
  • Conveyed relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • The “so what” of the study was apparent
  • Struggled to convey relevance of research topic to interdisciplinary audience
  • Did not reach an interdisciplinary audience
Content of research essay
  • Used appropriate methodology according to discipline
  • Presented a compelling argument and developed it persuasively with reference to relevant evidence and sophisticated analysis
  • Conveyed wider significance of findings
  • Used appropriate methodology according to discipline
  • Presented an argument and developed it with reference to evidence and analysis
  • Conveyed significance of findings
  • Methodology was not clearly suited to the research project
  • Aspects of an argument were supported by some evidence and analysis
  • Did not convey significance of findings
  • Methodology was unclear
  • Little detectable argument
  • Did not convey significance of findings

Research Poster “How-To” Guides

For help with planning, organizing and designing your research poster, visit the the link to our own DC guide to student research posters: .

Other useful guides include:

  • (Times Higher Education)
  • (Yale University)
  • (University of Maryland, Baltimore)
  • (ϼ Learning Centre)
  • (NYU Libraries)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Lilian Truong, Student Life Coordinator.
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Last Year's Winners

First place -Anna Parrish (Applied Community Studies)
“Transgender Recreation Engagement Experiences in the Lower Mainland

Anna Parrish

Second place - Kiera Hadden(Science and Technology)
“Water Quality Monitoring Methods for the Port Moody Ecological Society”

Kiera Hadden

Third place -Cara Paley (Science and Technology)
“The Impact of Mirrors on the Female Dancers' Body Image”

Cara Paley

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