Event Poster Assignment Rubric

Rubric to Evaluate Your Poster Assignments

Students who present posters in the Virtual Poster Showcase will be evaluated in three
areas:

  1. Poster Display and Organization (40%)
    1. Overall appearance (10 pts) – The poster looks professional and is aesthetically
      pleasing.
    2. Text/graphics balance (5 pts) – Space is used effectively, and neither text nor
      graphics dominate the poster. Figures serve a purpose (not just filling space),
      and are appropriately titled and captioned.
    3. Text size (5 pts) – The text is legible when the poster is viewed at full size.
    4. Organizational flow (5 pts) – The poster has appropriate headings and clearly
      defined sections. All of the information is provided in a logical order.
    5. Author identification (5 pts) – The author lists themselves and any co-authors,
      along with affiliations.
    6. Main points (5 pts) – The fundamental points of the study are clearly identified,
      with little redundancy of information.
    7. Summary (5 points) – Does the poster address the implications of the study?
  2. Scientific Content (50%)
    The poster has introduction and background with literature cited, objective of the study,
    materials and methods (study design), results and discussion, and significance to field.
    Quality of research will be judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by
    the poster. Poster displays must be self-explanatory. The accompanying video must
    also be able to give a high-level overview of the research that was conducted.
    1. Abstract (5 pts) – The abstract is informative and aligns with the scientific content
      of the poster. It is well-written and coherent, clearly stating the goals of the
      project.
    2. Research objective (10 pts) – What hypotheses are the poster addressing? What
      is the purpose of the study?
    3. Background (10 pts) – The poster addresses why the research was done and
      sets the context for the study.
    4. Methods/protocols (5 pts) – The poster clearly and informatively explains how the
      research was conducted. Is the study scientifically rigorous?
    5. Finding and conclusions (10 pts) – The poster clearly states the results of the
      study. The poster explains the significance of the study and why the results are
      important.
    6. Presentation style (10 pts) – The video summarizes all the parts of the poster in a
      concise and understandable manner. Does the video enhance the poster?
  3. Ability to Answer Questions (10 pts)

Use this rubric as a guide to score your assigned posters.  You can submit your scores by reviewing your assignments.

Presentation of Research 

Prominently positions title/authors of paper thoroughly but concisely presents main points of introduction, hypotheses/ propositions, research methods, results, and conclusions in a well-organized manner

Narration and/or answering of questions is engaging, thorough, and adds greatly to the presentation  

Contains title/authors of paper adequately presents main points of introduction, hypotheses/ proposition, research methods, results, and conclusions in a fairly well-organized manner

Narration and/or answering of questions is adequate and adds to the presentation 

Contains title/authors of paper presents main points of introduction, hypotheses/ propositions, research methods, results, and conclusions but not as sufficiently and not as well-organized

Narration and/or answering of questions is somewhat lacking 

 Title/authors absent

Does not sufficiently present main points of introduction, hypotheses/ propositions, research methods, results, and conclusions and is not well-organized

Narration and/or answering of questions is lacking 

Visual Presentation 

Overall visually appealing; not cluttered; colors and patterns enhance readability; Uses font sizes/variations which facilitate the organization, presentation, and readability of the research

Graphics (e.g., tables, figures, etc.) are engaging and enhance the text content is clearly arranged so that the viewer can understand order without narration

Overall visually appealing; not cluttered; colors and patterns support readability

Adequate use of font sizes/variations to facilitate the organization, presentation, and readability of the research

Graphics (e.g. tables, figures, etc.) enhance the text content is arranged so that the viewer can understand order without narration

Visual appeal is adequate; somewhat cluttered; colors and patterns detract from readability

Use of font sizes/variations to facilitate the organization, presentation, and readability of the research is somewhat inconsistent/distractions

Graphics (e.g., tables, figures, etc.) adequately enhance the text

Content arrangement is somewhat confusing and does not adequately assist the viewer in understanding order without narration 

Not very visually appealing; cluttered; colors and patterns hinder readability

Use of font sizes/variations to facilitate the organization, presentation, and readability of the research is inconsistent/distracting

Graphics (e.g., tables, figures, etc.) do not enhance the text

Content arrangement is somewhat confusing and does not adequately assist the viewer in understanding order without narration

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