Cash prizes to be won!

Cash awards for the winners will be posted on their U-bills.

Must be an ISU Graduate Student to enter competition


Presentation Categories:

  • Poster Presentation

Includes those that follow the scientific hypothesis model 

  • Oral Presentation

Students participating in the oral presentations will be given 5 minutes for their talk.

  • Creative Presentation

Includes design projects, storytelling, poetry, and song.


  • All graduate and professional students at Iowa State University are welcome to submit abstracts.
  • We especially encourage College of Design and LAS MFA students to participate in exhibitions.

Poster Presentation Instructions

  • On the conference day, February 23, 2024, the posters will be put by 8:30 am in the designated room (South Ballroom / Great Hall) and pulled down at 2:30 pm. 
  • If you have any special needs for posters (either traditional or creative component), please reach out to

Poster format

  • We encourage you to submit an older poster if you have one!
  • If designing a new poster, we suggest the poster not exceed 36 inches x 48 inches. 
  • We will provide foam boards for the back

Poster evaluation criterion

Judges will evaluate each presentation based on the following :

1. Visual impact (33%): balance of text, figure, and white space, section headings, and consistency in font size and type.

2. Content (33%): As determined by judges

3. Presentation (33%): presentation did not exceed 6 minutes, good responses to question, mastery of the topic.

Creative presentation rubric

Same instructions as Poster Presentation (11 to 2:30pm)

Artistic Content (40%)

How skillfully do they perform the following:

- Content is original and unique to presenter (1-10pt scale)

- Subject and purpose create meaning for viewer (1-10pt scale)

- Audio and/or visual elements compliment the content and subject (1-10pt scale)

- General display of artistry (1-10pt scale)

Presentation (60%)

How skillfully do they perform the following:

- Considers time – 6-8 minutes max AND uses stage, body language, and eye contact effectively (1-20pt scale)

- De(1-20pt scale)

- Displays enthusiasm and mastery of the topic (1-20pt scale)


Open-ended response for comments about scoring (for judges)

Oral Presentation Instructions

  • On the conference day, students will be given 5-6 minutes (rapid fire) to make the presentation.
  • We recommend a maximum of 5 slides for your presentation (including the introduction slide).
  • No questions will be asked after your presentation. This will allow us to accommodate as many students as possible within the time frame. 
  • If you have any special needs for your talk, please reach out to

Oral presentation evaluation criterion

1. Content (40%): Depending on the entry category (Traditional / creative)

2. Presentation (60%): presentation did not exceed 5 minutes, well use of the stage, eye contact, enthusiasm, and mastery of the topic.

3. Penalty will be placed for going overtime.

People's Choice Award

  • Poster: Stickers will be given to help judge the people’s choice poster winner

        + Creative:  Stickers will be given to help judge the winner for creative components

  • Oral Presentation: Attendees will be given a QR code and a link to participate in the poll. A real time poll with presenters’ names will be projected for the oral presentation’s people’s choice winner.