SPHHS Research Day

The SPHHS will host its 21st Annual SPHHS Research Day on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom.

The SPHHS holds its annual Research Day in the spring of each year to provide an opportunity for the university, media and surrounding communities, as well as faculty, staff and peers within the SPHHS, to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach efforts being conducted by our students. On this day, students from all departments within the School present posters of their work in a faculty-juried poster session. Posters are judged based on content and presentation, and select individuals receive awards in two distinct categories: Research and Practice.

Additionally, one student is presented with the Delta Omega Honor Society Award. The Delta Omega award winner is given an opportunity to submit his/her abstract for further consideration as part of the Delta Omega Society’s poster session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Research Day is part of the Delta Omega Rho Chapter's National Day of Service during National Public Health Week

Research Day Poster Abstract Submission Form

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, March 23

SPHHS Research Day Poster Abstract Submission Form.

Schedule for the Day

Set up time is from 1:00pm – 2:00 PM in the Ballroom of the Student Union Center. 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.

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.

Download SPHHS poster template.

Competition Criteria

This year’s Research Day judging will again follow the format put into effect in 2011. FOR THE DELTA OMEGA AWARD School-wide judging will be on student ABSTRACTS only. Judging for Research Day awards (3 for Research and at least 2 for Practice) 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