SPHHS Research Day

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: Student Union Ballroom

The SPHHS will host its annual Research Day on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. 

Now in its 25th year, SPHHS Research Day is an annual showcase for the research and practice conducted by students in all of our departments. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, are invited to present their work to the faculty, staff, peers, and the broader community.

Poster presentations are judged by a faculty jury and prizes awarded in distinct categories. Two first place poster winners will each receive a $1500 travel award to be used toward expenses associated with presenting at a conference of their choice. One of these, titled the Delta Omega Honor Society Award, will be given to the first-place winner from a public health department (Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Promotion and Policy); the second $1500 prize will be awarded to a student in the Health Sciences (Communication Disorders, Kinesiology, Nutrition). Additional prizes will be awarded for best poster presentations.

Research Day Poster Abstract Submission Form

NOTE: The submission deadline for the 2022 Research Day has passed.

Schedule for the Day

Set up time is from 1:00pm – 2:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom. Poster boards and push pins will be supplied. You will need to be present during the poster viewing and judging from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Sample Template

Below is a link to a downloadable PPT template that can be used for poster presentations. Please not this template is NOT required; it's being provided as an example for those students who wish to use it.

SPHHS Research Day Poster Template

Design Instruction

Present your information so a coherent and straight-forward story is told. Emphasize the most important points and avoid overwhelming the viewer with too much detail. Specific recommendations include:

  • In the introduction - briefly summarize the necessary background that led to this work, clearly identify the purpose or specific aims of the study, and identify the questions asked or hypothesis(es) tested. If your poster is in the “practice” category, please describe the theoretical basis for the intervention or policy.
  • Provide sufficient detail about methodology used to conduct the study, including number and necessary demographics of the participants studied. If your poster is in the “practice” category, provide supporting evidence for the approach or policy and the goals and objectives to be achieved.
  • Results can be effectively presented by tables, figures, quotes, illustrations and/or photographs.  For each table, figure, etc., a clear legend will go a long way in highlighting and briefly discussing the essential points. For program plans, please provide a clear logic model.
  • Summary and conclusion - briefly, what are the "bottom lines" of your work and its significance in your field? 
  • Acknowledgment - identify funding source(s), institutional support, individuals who have contributed significantly but who are not listed as authors. 

Please note: You may present preliminary data.

Poster Printing

Research posters can be printed at the UMass Amherst Learning Commons. Follow the link for more information.

Competition Criteria

Judging for Research Day awards will be a combination of scores for abstracts, posters, and presentations based on the qualities below. The poster is a display of a project in which you have actively participated. ALL POSTERS will be judged unless a student specifically requests to be exempted.

Quality in Writing of Abstract 

  • Importance and Originality
  • Methods
  • Supporting Data/Philosophy/Theory
  • Discussion/Conclusions

Quality of Visual Presentation  

  • Clear and easy to read
  • Graphs and figures easy to follow

Quality of Oral Presentation  

  • Importance and Originality
  • Methods
  • Supporting Data/Philosophy/Theory
  • Discussion/Conclusions
  • Study Implications