UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum

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 will evaluate each poster presentation based on students' presentation of their work, based on the following evaluation criteria: Content & Comprehension; Visual Information & Organization; Communication; Engagement; Citations, References, & Context. Students should be prepared to explain their poster to a judge who is not familiar with their field. Please refer to the detailed judging rubric for additional information.

Application Process

Students will fill out a poster proposal submission that includes a short description of their topic and a 250-300 word abstract of their work, together with a reference letter from a faculty member. Once complete, both documents should be emailed to Nina Adamo.

Twenty proposals will be selected from among the submissions for the Research Poster Forum. Successful applicants will be contacted by March 6th. To prepare for the Forum on March 8th and 9th, the twenty finalists will be invited to participate in a research skills and poster workshop.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: February 27, 2018 at 8:00am (firm deadline)

Finalists contacted: March 6, 2018

Research Skills and Poster Presentation Information Session for finalists (mandatory): March 8 or 9, 2018, time and location TBD

Final Poster Submission Deadline: March 29, 2018, 8:00 am

Research Poster Forum:  Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1-3:30 pm in the UTSC Library Makerspace and Reading Room

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, who will also be invited to have a digital version of their poster available 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.