Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 winners!

1st Prize ($1000): Nazia Mohsin - Phonetic Symbolism in Urdu

2nd Prize ($500): Shenhab Zaig - Mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression and analgesia in zebrafish

3rd Prize ($250): Dilakshan Srikanthan - Elucidating the Efficacy of Intrathecal Delivery of CAR-T immunotherapy in preclinical models of Medulloblastoma.

Special mention to all participants for presenting your amazing research.

What are the benefits of participating in the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum?

The UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum gives students an opportunity to gain experience disseminating research, scholarship, and creative activities to an academic community, share their research experience with peers and develop their presentation skills. The forum also provides the perfect opportunity for students interested in becoming involved in research to learn more about the accomplishments and research interests of other students.

All 20 finalists will also receive a Certificate of Participation and will receive a notation on their transcript as part of Co-Curricular Record program. Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Winners will be invited to have a digital version of their poster available in TSpace.

What is considered a research or creative project for the purposes of the Research Forum?

Acceptable research for this poster event can vary widely by discipline. Examples of research projects may include lab-based, field-based, experimental or theoretical projects that answer basic and applied questions in your field of study. Examples of creative projects may include visual art pieces, creative writing, and performance-based projects. If you're not sure if your research is appropriate for this event, check with your liaison librarian.

How do I write an abstract?

Your abstract should provide a succinct summary of the contents of your paper, including the purpose of your research, methods used, main findings, and conclusions. Please see U of T's page on writing abstracts for additional tips.

What is a poster, and how do I make one?

See our Guide to Research Posters. Additional guidelines on poster size will be provided to the 20 finalists. Printing the posters will be handled by the Library.

Can my poster presentation use visual or digital materials?

The focus of the judging is your print poster, however it is permissible to use aids or digital materials to supplement your poster presentation.

What kind of help is available to students who want to participate in the UTSC Undergraduate Research Forum?

Contact your liaison librarian for help with research skills, writing your poster abstract and developing your poster.

Are group assignments or projects eligible?

Groups or teams may participate in the Research Poster Forum. All students that contributed to the assignment must be listed and the prize money will be divided equally among all group members.

What is the best way to present if we have a group of two or more students?

Only one student may present a poster on behalf of a group of students but all students in the group should be at the presentation.

May I apply to the UTSC Research Poster Forum if I work at the UTSC Library?


May I submit multiple submissions for the Forum?

No. You may only submit one application to the Forum. However, if you are submitting a group poster application, you may also submit an individual application.

May I submit the same research or creative project to the UTSC and University of Toronto Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize?

No. UTSC students cannot submit the same assignment to both the UTL Undergraduate Research Prize and the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize.

However, UTSC students may submit the same project to both the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize. Please refer to their respective websites for additional information on eligibility and submission criteria for each initiative.

Who are the judges?

Submissions to participate in the Research Poster Forum will be judged by a committee composed of UTSC faculty, librarians, and staff.

Judges for the poster forum finalists will be comprised of UTSC faculty and librarians who will evaluate the posters and select the winners based on the criteria listed below.

How will the posters be judged?

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.

The person who knows the most about my research is not the course instructor, but a teaching assistant. Must the faculty support come from the instructor in charge of the course?

The faculty support letter must come from either the faculty member or the instructor teaching the course.

What if my research is taking place off-campus? Does the faculty support letter have to come from a UTSC professor?

As long as a student is pursuing their undergrad at UTSC, the research can be done with a professor (PI) off-campus. We will accept the support letter from a U of T professor or PI, or your professor at UTSC, whichever you feel is best.

I am a faculty member and have been asked to provide a letter of support for a student. Are there guidelines?

Please refer to the faculty support form. Completed forms should be emailed to

How many prizes are offered?

There will be up to three prizes awarded:

   First Place:           $1,000
   Second Place:       $500
   Third Place:          $250

Are part-time students eligible?

Yes. All students registered and completing an undergraduate degree at UTSC are eligible to apply.

What are the important deadlines for the Undergraduate Research Forum?

February 24, 2020, noon (firm deadline): Submission of proposals online
March 2, 2020:  Finalists contacted by email
March 5 or 6, 2020:  Research Skills & Poster Presentation Drop-ins (time and location TBD)
March 23, 2020, noon:  Final poster submission deadline
March 31, 2020:  Undergraduate Research Poster Forum

When are prize winners notified?

Prize winners will be announced during an awards ceremony during the last hour of the Research Poster Forum.

Any other questions?

Please email your liaison librarian.