NACA® Educational Sessions - Poster Session FAQs

What is a poster session?

A poster session is an opportunity for NACA® members to share original research and/or assessment projects that relate to some aspect of campus activities through a visual poster display that will be accessible to delegates at the 2017 National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.  A formal session will take place during which presenters will summarize their research and answer questions.  Their poster displays and presentations to reviewers will be judged and the top presentations identified.

How do I submit a proposal for the poster session?

Click here to access the proposal submission form.  The form will ask you to provide contact information and to identify the type of presentation – whether it will be a research/assessment poster or a theory-to-practice poster.  In addition, it will ask for the following information:  1) Statement of the problem or overview of the service, program or activity (100 word limit); 2) the theoretical or conceptual framework used in the project (150 word limit); 3) the objectives or learning outcomes of the project (150 word limit); 4) the methodology used to address the program, problem, or question (150 word limit); 5) the major outcomes or findings (150 word limit); and 6) conclusions, recommendations for further research, or a call to action (150 word limit).

You may want to prepare your proposal in a Microsoft Word document and then copy and paste the information into the submission form when you are ready to submit it.

What is the deadline for submitting poster session proposals?

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

When will I know if my proposal has been selected?

By October 28, 2016, the selection committee will notify all who submit poster session proposals to let them know whether their sessions have been selected for the poster session during the 2017 National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. 

If my proposal is selected, what are the guidelines for preparing a poster for display?

Click here to view guidelines for preparing a poster display. 

What should I expect during the poster session at the National Convention?

During the poster session, you will be expected to stand near your poster display to briefly summarize your research to convention delegates as they view the poster and to answer questions they may have. Members of the poster session review team will visit your display and rank your poster and your presentation of the poster. 

What criteria will the reviewers use to rank my poster?

The reviewers will rank each poster presenter on organization, content, mechanics, visual appearance, and verbal presentation.  Click here for the poster session review rubric. 

Where can I view sample submissions?

Click here to view model submissions from 2015 and 2016.


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