Research Days FAQ

What are the judging criteria?

You will be judged in the following four areas:

The presenter discussion (maximum points 10)

Is the project and its presentation comprehensible to a broad audience, not just a narrow specialist?

  • Research objective clearly stated
  • Main points clearly presented
  • Significance of the work well explained

Presenter involvement in project (maximum points 10)
How much of the work was actually performed by the presenter?

  • Is it clear that the presenter was highly involved in the work?
  • Is it clear that the presenter has good knowledge about the work he or she is presenting?

The project itself (maximum points 10)

Content and significance.

  • Was the work clearly of high quality?
  • Where relevant, were the methods used appropriate given the goals?
  • Are the conclusions supported by the data/evidence?
  • Is the work a contribution to the field?
  • Has something significant been accomplished?

The visual presentation (maximum points 10)

Does the presentation (slides or poster) present a clear and understandable message?

  • Neat, well-organized appearance. Text and graphics well integrated. Sufficient white space.
  • Not too much text. Is there an overwhelming impression of text only.
  • Not too little text. Text is sufficient to explain what the graphics are related to.
  • Text large enough to view comfortably from an appropriate distance.
  • Good organization and flow: easy to figure out how to move through presentation slides or poster, because of good use of clear headings.

What are the poster size requirements?

Posters may be no larger than 36"x48" with either a landscape or a portrait orientation. When designing your poster in PowerPoint or similar programs, please make sure you first set the correct page size under "File>Page Setup."

How can I get feedback on my poster before presenting at CoAS Research Days?

The Drexel Writing Center will offer poster workshops for students (dates TBA). Attendees will analyze the content and layout of sample posters before turning to a hands–on workshop designed to maximize your poster's rhetorical and visual impact.

How do I get my poster printed?

Presenters are responsible for printing their own posters. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Graphics Lab in MacAlister Hall room 4012. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to print your poster. Before submitting, please review these important guidelines:

  1. Printing is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please allow up to one week for printing. To be ready for CoAS Research Day, all poster requests must be sent to the Graphics Lab by February 10, 2014 at the very latest.
  2. Posters should be submitted as a PDF file with the student's last name, document title, and desired size of finished poster in the filename.
  3. Files may be submitted via email to: or brought to the Graphics Lab on a flash drive that can be left overnight in MacAlister Hall, Room 4012 from 9AM-4PM, weekdays. Phone number is 215-895-2926.
  4. Students are responsible for proofreading their posters in advance of printing. A reprint fee will be charged if the student’s error necessitates a second print.
  5. The cost to print is $3 per square foot. A 36"x 48" poster will cost $36 in the Graphics Lab. Note: Outside printers may charge substantially more.
  6. Payment may be made by cash or check, or by department charge number with the permission of the department. If paying with a department charge number, the student should provide the number at the time of the request.

What is the schedule for CoAS Research Days?

  • Monday, February 17, 2014 (Oral Presentations):
    • Day one is to the public from 1 to 3 p.m.
    • Registration begins at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (Poster Presentations):
    • Day two is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Registration begins at 9 a.m.
    • All posters must be hung by 10:45 a.m.
    • Poster presentations will be judged from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • A Raft Debate will occur from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
    • All posters must remain hung until 3:30 p.m.
    • The reception and award ceremony will be held around 3:30 p.m.
    • All posters must be removed by 4:00 p.m.

Do I have to be there the whole time?

During the submission process, poster presenters will choose a preferred judging time for their poster. Once your judging time has been assigned, you MUST be present during that time or your poster will not be judged. Oral presenters must be present during their assigned time slot. In addition, you (or a friend) must be present during the registration time (12 to 1 p.m. on Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday) to pick up your registration materials and hang your poster.

Will there be food?

Beverages and light refreshments will be served throughout both days with a reception and awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

What if I have class?

Please consider your class schedule when submitting your abstract and selecting a preferred judging time. If you notice a conflict between your assigned judging time and your class schedule, please contact Lloyd Ackert ( prior to the day of the event. If you need to leave your poster for any other reason during your judging time, please leave a note on your poster.

Is there a difference between CoAS Research Days and University Research Day?

Yes, these are two separate events. You are welcome to enter your project/poster into both events but please note that the submission process and guidelines are different for each. Importantly, while the University Research Day allows posters up to 6 feet wide, the College of Arts and Sciences Research Days do not. Posters may be no larger than 36"x48". Learn more about University Research Day here:

Do I have to be a CoAS student to participate in CoAS Research Days?

No. If you are a non-CoAS student who worked on a project with a CoAS faculty member, you are eligible to participate in the CoAS Research Days.

What do I need to bring to CoAS Research Days?

Poster presenters only need to bring their poster. The poster can consist of a pre-printed large sheet, or separate pieces of paper that you put up on a display board. We will provide the display board and thumbtacks. Oral presenters should bring their presentations on a flash drive.

What if I made a mistake on my registration form?

Please e-mail Lloyd Ackert, PhD, ( with your name and poster title and the edits you need made.

Are there prizes?

The presenter listed for each poster or oral presentation will receive a certificate of participation. Winners in each category will also receive Visa gift cards.