Pittsburg State University Research Colloquium



The Goal of the PSU Research Colloquium is to increase awareness and celebrate research activities happening on our campus by showcasing the works of our graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Listed below, you will find details regarding the Research Colloquium and a breakdown of the expectations for each category.

Research Colloquium Information
  • Guidelines
  • Judging
  • Requirements
  • Abstract/Summary Guidelines
  • Additional Information
  • Abstracts
The Colloquium is open to all PSU graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Student research may include presentations by students who have worked on a faculty research project, a research project as part of a class or an independent project. University students may choose to participate in the oral presentation of research or poster presentation. Proposals may enter Category A (primarily Sciences and Technology); Category B (primarily Business, Education, and Humanities); Category C (Creative Works); and Category D (Topical Literature Review Poster Presentation) only. High school students may present posters in Category E, including literature reviews and all other types of research.
Posters will be displayed at the Overman Student Center Ballroom on April 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. One author will need to accompany each poster from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Each poster presenter will be required to give a four minute presentation about the poster and answer the judges' questions. The oral presentation will be held on April 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Overman Student Center. Faculty and staff will be judging the competition. Undergraduate projects will be judged separately from the graduate projects. High school, undergraduate and graduate projects will be judged separately.
  • Submit the registration form by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 online at the link below. Abstracts will be submitted at the time of registration.
  • Registration link: bit.ly/2zRXFzi
  • Oral presentations: Make an eight minute oral presentation. For those whose oral presentation does not lend itself to the use of PowerPoint; please know that although allowed, audio/visual aids are not required. Points can be made in an interesting way without such a presentation.
  • Research and Topical Posters: Set up your poster in the Overman Student Center Ballroom on April 9, 2019 between 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. according to the format specifications for posters. Poster participants are required to accompany the posters on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and make a four minute presentation.
  • The Research Colloquium Committee reserves the right to change the category of the research projects.

Award Presentation

  • There will be awards for research oral presentations and research poster presentation in Categories A, B, and C.
  • Category D and E will have awards for poster presentations.
  • There will be awards for each category for graduate and undergraduate students. All high school student posters will be judged in one category.
  • One award will be given for every five entries in each subcategory.
  • Award recipients will be recognized at the annual Graduate School and Research Banquet on April 23, 2019.

All projects require an Abstract/Summary. The Abstract/Summary should be one paragraph, 250 words or less in 11 point Times New Roman font, single spaced with one inch margins. The Abstract/Summary should contain the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Materials/Methods
  4. Results/Conclusions

The Abstract/Summary will be provided to the judges prior to oral presentations and poster viewings.

The Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet will be held on April 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Overman Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are available for sale in 112 Russ Hall, Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Faculty will be nominating theses for the Distinguished Thesis Award and winners will be recognized at the Graduate School and Research Awards Banquet.

Deadline for Research Colloquium Registration: Friday, March 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy our collection of PSU Research Colloquium abstract books we have put together over the years showcasing our students research. 

2018 PSU Research Colloquium Abstract Book

2017 PSU Research Colloquium Abstract Book

2016 PSU Research Colloquium Abstract Book

2015 PSU Research Colloquium Abstract Book

 

  • Category A: Primarily Sciences and Technology Oral Presentation
  • Category A: Primarily Sciences and Technology Poster Presentation
  • Category B: Primarily Business, Education, and Humanities Oral Presentation
  • Category B: Primarily Business, Education, and Humanities Poster Presentation
  • Category C: Creative Works Oral Presentation
  • Category C: Creative Works Poster Presentation
  • Category D: Topical Literature Review Posters
  • Category E: High School Research Posters

Oral presentations should be no more than eight minutes and should further explain information from the Abstract/Summary and will be judged on:

  1. Introduction clearly stated the purpose of the study
  2. Sequence of information can be easily followed
  3. Sufficient evidence and critical thinking was given to support arguments
  4. The presenter spoke clearly and developed audience rapport
  5. Conclusions were drawn appropriately

Posters cannot exceed 3 ft x 4 ft. (Exceptions will be made for pre-existing posters.) You will be furnished with a foam backing board along with an easel for use in displaying your poster. Graduate and Continuing Studies will provide printing services for posters in this competition. Please use the link below to create your poster if you would like the poster printed by Graduate and Continuing Studies. Your electronic file for the poster must be sent to bpeery@pittstate.edu by April 1, 2019 to guarantee that it will be printed for the PSU Research Colloquium on April 10, 2019.

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html

Put the poster title on a separate line(s) at the top of the poster. Your name, your mentor's name, and the name of any collaborators should appear on the next line(s). The name of your university should be listed on a separate line below the list of names.

The poster should contain the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Materials/Methods
  4. Results/Conclusions
  5. References

And will be judged on:

  1. Poster legibility; tables and figures are clear and have sufficient detail in the caption
  2. Poster concisely summarizes the project and there is sufficient supporting ideas
  3. Well thought out; 4 minute oral summary
  4. Clear answer to judges questions
  5. Poster contains sufficient explanation of findings.

A Tutorial for preparing effective posters can be found at the following web site:

"Designing Effective Posters" - Jeff Radel, University of Kansas

Oral presentations should be no more than eight minutes and should further explain information from the Abstract/Summary and will be judged on:

  1. Introduction clearly stated the purpose of the study
  2. Sequence of information can be easily followed
  3. Sufficient evidence and critical thinking was given to support arguments
  4. The presenter spoke clearly and developed audience rapport
  5. Conclusions were drawn appropriately

Posters cannot exceed 3 ft x 4 ft. (Exceptions will be made for pre-existing posters.) You will be furnished with a foam backing board along with an easel for use in displaying your poster. Graduate and Continuing Studies will provide printing services for posters in this competition. Please use the link below to create your poster if you would like the poster printed by Graduate and Continuing Studies. Your electronic file for the poster must be sent to bpeery@pittstate.edu by April 1, 2019 to guarantee that it will be printed for the PSU Research Colloquium on April 10, 2019.

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html

Put the poster title on a separate line(s) at the top of the poster. Your name, your mentor's name, and the name of any collaborators should appear on the next line(s). The name of your university should be listed on a separate line below the list of names.

The poster should contain the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Materials/Methods
  4. Results/Conclusions
  5. References

And will be judged on:

  1. Poster legibility; tables and figures are clear and have sufficient detail in the caption
  2. Poster concisely summarizes the project and there is sufficient supporting ideas
  3. Well thought out; 4 minute oral summary
  4. Clear answer to judges questions
  5. Poster contains sufficient explanation of findings.

A Tutorial for preparing effective posters can be found at the following web site:

"Designing Effective Posters" - Jeff Radel, University of Kansas

Oral presentations should be no more than eight minutes and should further explain information form the Abstract/Summary and will be judged on:

  1. Purpose Statement
  2. Explanation of Techniques or Processes
  3. Functional and/or Aesthetic Quality of Product
  4. Evidence of How the Project Met Purpose
  5. Evidence of Innovation, Creativity or Originality
  6. Quality of Abstract
  7. Presentation Skill and Style

Posters cannot exceed 3 ft x 4 ft. (Exceptions will be made for pre-existing posters.) You will be furnished with a foam backing board along with an easel for use in displaying your poster. Graduate and Continuing Studies will provide printing services for posters in this competition. Please use the link below to create your poster if you would like the poster printed by Graduate and Continuing Studies. Your electronic file for the poster must be sent to bpeery@pittstate.edu by April 1, 2019 to guarantee that it will be printed for the PSU Research Colloquium on April 10, 2019.

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html

Put the poster title on a separate line(s) at the top of the poster. Your name, your mentor's name, and the name of any collaborators should appear on the next line(s). The name of your university should be listed on a separate line below the list of names.

The poster should contain the following:

  1. Purpose Statement
  2. Explanation of Techniques or Processes
  3. Functional and/or Aesthetic Quality of Product
  4. Evidence of How the Project Met Purpose
  5. Evidence of Innovation, Creativity or Originality

A Tutorial for preparing effective posters can be found at the following web site:

"Designing Effective Posters" - Jeff Radel, University of Kansas

Posters cannot exceed 3 ft x 4 ft. (Exceptions will be made for pre-existing posters.) You will be furnished with a foam backing board along with an easel for use in displaying your poster. Graduate and Continuing Studies will provide printing services for posters in this competition. Please use the link below to create your poster if you would like the poster printed by Graduate and Continuing Studies. Your electronic file for the poster must be sent to bpeery@pittstate.edu by April 1, 2019 to guarantee that it will be printed for the PSU Research Colloquium on April 10, 2019.

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html

Put the poster title on a separate line(s) at the top of the poster. Your name, your mentor's name, and the name of any collaborators should appear on the next line(s). The name of your university should be listed on a separate line below the list of names.

The poster should contain the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Materials/Methods
  4. Results/Conclusions
  5. References

And will be judged on:

  1. Poster legibility; tables and figures are clear and have sufficient detail in the caption
  2. Poster concisely summarizes the project and there is sufficient supporting ideas
  3. Well thought out; 4 minute oral summary
  4. Clear answer to judges questions
  5. Poster contains sufficient explanation of findings.

Posters cannot exceed 3 ft x 4 ft. (Exceptions will be made for pre-existing posters.) You will be furnished with a foam backing board along with an easel for use in displaying your poster. Graduate and Continuing Studies will provide printing services for posters in this competition. Please use the link below to create your poster if you would like the poster printed by Graduate and Continuing Studies. Your electronic file for the poster must be sent to bpeery@pittstate.edu by April 1, 2019 to guarantee that it will be printed for the PSU Research Colloquium on April 10, 2019.

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html

Put the poster title on a separate line(s) at the top of the poster. Your name, your mentor's name, and the name of any collaborators should appear on the next line(s). The name of your university should be listed on a separate line below the list of names.

The poster should contain the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Materials/Methods
  4. Results/Conclusions
  5. References

And will be judged on:

  1. Poster legibility; tables and figures are clear and have sufficient detail in the caption
  2. Poster concisely summarizes the project and there is sufficient supporting ideas
  3. Well thought out; 4 minute oral summary
  4. Clear answer to judges questions
  5. Poster contains sufficient explanation of findings.