Emerging Researcher Award Process

Pat Sitlington Emerging Researcher Poster Award Competition
Participant Guidelines

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This competition is a two stage process.

Stage 1

    1. All proposals must be submitted online at http://tinyurl.com/dcdt2013.
    2. Written submission will be reviewed by three judges.
    3. Submissions will be rank ordered using the Poster Proposal Scoring (see page 2) (adapted from CEC guidelines).

Stage 2

    1. Poster and poster presenter finalists will be judged at the conference by the same three judges, the panel will view the posters and interview the presenters, rate the posters using the General Appearance and the Poster Content Elements Scoring Criteria (10 points and 22 points, respectively; attached).
    2. Judges will combine scores for each finalist for a possible score of 82 points.
    3. Top 3 rated posters will receive Certificate and fees for the next International DCDT Conference waived provided they are members of DCDT.  Top rated poster will also receive a plaque and the opportunity to publish a Brief Report in CDTEI.  Winners will be announced during the General Meeting.

Informational Websites on posters to assist with poster development




Poster Proposal Submission Review (adapted from CEC presentation criteria)

Scoring Criteria & Instructions:
Assign a score for each criterion:
Total scores, assign your recommendation (accept or reject); and add any comments.

A.   Important of the Topic to the Field

  1. Rationale for the presentation (0 – 5 points)
  2. Measurable participant outcomes (0 – 3 points)
  3. Appropriateness of  content for presentation as a poster (0-2 points)

B.  Usefulness to Researchers and/or Practitioners

How the session will contribute to the research base or translate into improved practice (0-10 points)

C.  Relevance to Learners, Families, and/or Educators of Diverse Groups (i.e. culture, gender, language, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, families and/or educators with disabilities, other)  (0-10 points)

 D.  Evidence of the Effectiveness of the Practice or Content to be Presented (0-20 points)

Total Score: 0-50

Proposal Recommendation: rank order


Criteria for Onsite Poster Display and “Interview” Review  

General Appearance (0-10 points)

  • Display is simple and text brief; a viewer should “get it” in 30 seconds. In-depth information is in a handout.
  • Text size is readable from a distance of at least 5 feet away.
  • Uses short and concise sentences with limited use of jargon and longer sections of text are broken up with graphics or bulleted lists.
  • The informational content is organized in a hierarchy that leads the audience through the display.
  • Illustrations are simple and bold with restrained use of different text sizes and color.

Poster Content Elements (rate each item on a 0-2 scale; 0= not included, 1= included. 2=outstanding)

  1. Title: Identify the project, the people involved in the work and their affiliation.
  2. Abstract: A brief summary of the project stating what you have set out to do, how you have done it, the key findings and the main results.
  3. Introduction/Objectives: A clear statement about the problem that you are trying to solve, the characteristics that you are trying to discover or the proofs that you are trying to establish. These should then lead to declarations of project aims and objectives.
  4. Methods: Explains the basis of the technique that you are using or the procedure that you used to conduct your research or study. You should also state and justify any assumptions, so that your results could be viewed in the proper context.
  5. Materials: Describe the materials used to construct your study. Describe the hardware and software used if applicable.
  6. Results: Show illustration and charts as examples of the main results of the work.
  7. Implications for Practice/Future Research: Include example or suggestions for either or both categories
  8.  Conclusion: List the main findings of your investigation or research.
  9. Further Information : Provide a reference list and your contact information ( email address, a URL where they can download a PDF version of your poster, or get more information on your research).
  10. Describes Content Clearly: Explains poster content fluently and understands all aspects.
  11. Answers Questions Clearly: Answers questions fluently and accurately.

Total Score (0-32):

Award  Recommendation: rank order