5th Annual BMEN Undergraduate Poster Competition

We are excited to highlight undergraduate research in our research labs, and we have adapted this year’s competition to be fully virtual. The top three posters will be awarded the opportunity to submit and present their research at the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Students conducting research in BMEN labs are encouraged to submit a standard research poster PowerPoint slide (36 inches x 48 inches) with a 3-5 minute narration.

  • The narration should essentially be a three minute elevator pitch that addresses research questions, applications of research, obstacles, future research, etc.
  • Here is a Microsoft support page regarding narration in PowerPoint.
  • Link to BMEN 10th PowerPoint template


This event would not be a success without judges! Your volunteered time has a big impact on our undergraduate students. This year the time commitment will be flexible on your schedule given the remote and asynchronous evaluation of the posters. Click here to register.

Judging Criteria

Research – up to 50 points

  • Objective and background of the problem are addressed.
  • Research is original and innovative.
  • Research has practical implications/research is relevant to current industry needs.
  • Research methodology is sound (e.g., research process, data quantity is sufficient).
  • The result/conclusion of the research is clear and easy to understand.

Communication (PowerPoint voiceover) – up to 30 points

  • Student clearly explains project, including initial problem or question, the process, and the result/conclusion.
  • Student is able to explain the research in a way that is easily understood by those outside the subject area or without the specific technical expertise.
  • Student speaks at an appropriate volume and pace and student demonstrates enthusiasm for the topic.

Quality of Poster Appearance and Presentation – up to 20 points

  • Research is displayed in a logical way
  • Data is displayed in such a way that lends itself to clear interpretation
  • Pictures, digital images and graphs are of a high quality; text and graphics are easy to read


Any questions, please contact [email protected]