UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum


As a safety precaution in response to COVID-19, the University of Toronto will be cancelling/postponing all events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements, including the Undergraduate Research Poster Forum that was originally scheduled for March 31st. We don’t take the decision to cancel the in-person Forum lightly and recognize that many of the finalists may have already started preparing their posters. 

In order to recognize the finalists efforts, we are introducing a new modified version of the Forum as follows:

The 20 finalists are invited to submit the pdf of their final poster AND the MyMedia permanent play link to a short video recording of their poster presentation (3-5 minutes) to Sarah Forbes s.forbes@utoronto.ca by noon Thursday, April 9, 2020.  

Guidance and additional details regarding the new video component is provided in the FAQs.

Your electronic poster and video recording link will then be distributed to our faculty and librarian judges for evaluation. Links to all of the finalists' posters and video submissions will also be posted to the UTSC Library website (access to the videos will be restricted to the University of Toronto community only).

Following their deliberations, the top 3 poster winners will be announced via email, the UTSC Library website and our social media channels by 4pm May 1, 2020.

As before, all finalists that submit their content would still be eligible for CCR credit and receive a participation certificate.



The UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research proudly sponsor the Undergraduate Research Poster Forum to showcase the significant research contributions of talented UTSC undergraduates. The forum is a competitive, adjudicated event that promotes intellectual exchange and gives students an opportunity to develop presentation skills by disseminating new research and creative activities both to academic communities and non-specialists. The forum provides the perfect opportunity for students interested in becoming involved in research to learn more about what other students have already done.


The forum is appropriate for all UTSC undergraduate students who:

  1. Are in the latter or final stages of a research or creative project,
  2. Have at least preliminary results to report, and/or
  3. Are ready to publicly present their research or creative project in a juried setting.


What are students being judged on?

Students are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate research that addresses issues of local, national and global importance, and that connect with the University of Toronto’s Strategic Research Plan. This year the focus is on Knowledge Translation (KT), which refers to the translation of research results into knowledge available to others beyond academia. KT moves research from the laboratory, the research journal, and the academic conference into the hands of people who can put it to practical use. It includes synthesis, multiple ways of presentation and distribution, exchange, and ethical application of knowledge for the purpose of benefiting knowledge users and improving lives. Research results must be presented in accessible, non-technical language, images and graphs that can be understood by a layperson or non-specialist as well as by the expert. One main objective is to make research understandable without trivializing or over-simplifying. Such is the challenge of Knowledge Translation!

A panel of judges from a variety of fields will evaluate each poster and accompanying video presentation, based on the following evaluation criteria: Content & Comprehension; Visual Information & Organization; Communication; Citations, References, & Context. Please refer to the detailed judging rubric for additional information. 

Application Process

The submission period has closed. 

Twenty proposals were selected from among the submissions for the Research Poster Forum. Successful applicants were contacted by March 2nd and participated in a mandatory research skills and poster workshop on either March 5th or 6th.

Revised Important Dates

Submission deadline: February 24, 2020 at noon (firm deadline)

Finalists contacted: March 2, 2020

Research Skills and Poster Presentation Information Session for finalists (mandatory): March 5 or 6, 2020 - invitation will be sent to the finalists with details of time and location.

Final Poster & Video Presentation submission deadline extended: Thursday April 9, 2020 at noon

Winners announced: Friday, May 1, 2020 via email, the UTSC Library Website and social media channels. 

Students are also encouraged to work with their liaison librarians


Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. The winners' posters and their accompanying videos will be posted to the UTSC Library website, with the invitation to have a digital version of their poster archived in TSpace

All twenty final participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and will receive a notation on their transcript as part of Co-Curricular Record program.  

Prizes are jointly funded by the UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research.

More information

Contact your liaison librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please advise Nina Adamo or the AccessAbility Services Office before the submission deadline.