CIERA Poster Session and Competition

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Abstract Eligibility

Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students at Northwestern are eligible to present their research at the poster session, sponsored by CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics). Abstracts will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis and should follow the abstract guidelines provided below.

The poster session will be held in the Louis Room and lobby in Norris on the 2nd floor. Posters will be judged from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Throughout the morning, postdocs and students will be judged as separate groups, and there will be a first and second prize winner in each group.

Abstracts are limited to 500 words in Arial 12 pt font and must follow the Abstract Template provided below. Please submit your abstract, along with the abstract submission form via email to Jackie MilhansThe deadline to submit your abstract is April 20, 2014. **Abstract submission deadline extended.**

Poster Instructions

Computational Research Day posters will be displayed in the Louis Room and the Louis Lobby of Norris on the 2nd Floor.

Poster presenters are responsible for setting up their posters. A small number of display easels are available and can be reserved on a first come first serve basis. You may set up your poster on the day of the event as early as 8:30 a.m. but no later than 10:30 a.m. Posters must be removed by 3:00 pm. 

Lunch will be provided for all poster presenters. Presenters are expected to stand by his or her poster for presentation and judging from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. It is encouraged to also be available during morning and afternoon coffee breaks. See full conference agenda.

Posters should be mounted to a poster board and should not exceed 5 feet wide and 3 feet high.

Please see Copying and Digital Printing Services for poster printing services at Northwestern University.

CIERA Poster Competition Criteria

Judges will be from schools with participants in the poster session. Judging criteria will be 60% content and 40% presentation.


  • A clearly stated objective is presented. The message reflects a strong conceptual understanding of the problem at hand.
  • Results are clearly presented and appear sound based upon data collected.
  • The discussion and conclusions reflects a scientifically credible understanding of the results and address the objective.


  • The presentation followed a logical flow, e.g., title, introduction, explanation of work, summary and/or conclusion, and references.
  • The presenter was clear, articulate, and concise.
  • Presenter displayed sound understanding of material and was able to clearly convey research through explanation.


Prizes for both student and postdoc poster levels will be awarded in the amounts below during the closing remarks at 4:00 p.m. in the Big Ten Room.

  • First prize: $150 Visa Gift Card
  • Second prize: $100 Visa Gift Card

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