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Poster & Abstract Guidelines


Abstract Submission Opens January 15, 2014
Abstracts Submission Ends February 17, 2014 by midnight
The Postdoctoral Advisory Committee, UCD Postdoctoral Association, and the Postdoctoral Office invite you to participate in the Postdoctoral Research Day 2014 Poster Sessions and Abstract Competition for Oral Presentation.

Goals of the Poster Session
  • To provide a forum for postdocs to showcase their research
  • To foster discussion and the exchange of ideas between departments that may allow for program enhancements and collaboration
Poster Competition
  • All submitted abstracts will be entered into competition for the poster session
  • The first five abstracts to be submitted will be invited to have lunch with the keynote speaker.
Abstract Competition
  • The abstract competition is independent of and in addition to the poster competition. Winners of the oral presentation will also be eligible to compete in the poster sessions.
  • Submitted abstracts indicating a desire for an oral presentation competition will be judged by the PDRD Committee. (Committee members are not eligible for this competition.)
  • The authors of the three winning abstracts will be invited to give a 25-minute presentation during the afternoon program of the event. They will also be invited to have lunch with the keynote speaker.
  • To have your abstract considered for an oral presentation, check the appropriate box on the abstract submission form. Failure to mark the box defaults to not being considered for competition.
Submitting Your Poster Abstract
  1. Submission Deadline: midnight – February 17, 2014 
  2. To submit your abstract, email a completed Poster Abstract Submission Form, saved as a word document, to Valerie Saltou at 
  3. We have no resources for proofreading abstracts; all abstracts must be submitted ready to copy, paste and print in a program. 
  4. Abstract format: 
Font: Arial 11
    Title: Should be brief, clearly indicating the nature of the study.
CAPITALIZE the entire title.
Do not use abbreviations in the abstract title.
Authors: State all authors’ initials and last names.
Underline the presenting author’s name.
  • 300 word limit (include title, author, and affiliations in the word count).
  • Organize the body of the abstract to include a purpose of study, methods used, summary of results, and conclusions reached.
  • Do not skip a line between the title and authors or affiliations.
  • There should be only one line space between authors and body.
  • Indent the first line of text at least three spaces.

Please notice: Judging of posters is done by volunteer faculty. This year judges are assigned randomly so less consideration will be given to technical details and more to presentation, organization and conclusion.

Review evaluation/scoring sheet to be used by judges.

Poster Presentation on March 14, 2014:
  1. Poster size no larger than 4’ by 6’. 
  2. Be sure to include disclosure information on funding and conflicts of interest on your poster. 
  3. Poster should include a section suggesting existing potential collaborations and future research questions, as well as a significance statement. (NOTE: Using a previously presented poster that does not conform to these instructions could adversely affect your score). 
  4. Sign in starts at 8:00am. You will be assigned a poster location and session. (Instructions coming later.) 
  5. You will be assigned to one of two poster sessions: 9:00-10:15am and 11:30am-12:45pm. During your assigned poster session you should stand by your poster and be available to answer questions. During the other poster session you are free to browse other posters. 
  6. Regardless of your assigned session, your poster should be mounted by 9:00 am and stay up until 2:00 pm. (Bring your own tacks/pins to mount poster). 
  7. Any tie-breaker judging will be done from 1:15-1:45pm. 
  8. Awards will be announced during the reception that begins at 5:00 pm.