Proposal Guidelines


Students are invited to present a their research proposal in a scientific poster presentation at the CTAHR Research Day.  Proposals being showcased can be but are not limited to, undergraduate, thesis or dissertation research.  All presentations must represent original work performed by the presenting student.


Poster Guidelines

The maximum size for posters is 48 inches wide x 36 inches tall. A one-piece poster made with a program such as Microsoft PowerPoint is highly recommended. Place the title, authors, and department affiliations at the top of the poster. The lettering for the title should be at least 1 inch (72 point) tall. The font size for text should be at least 1/4 inch (18 point), preferably larger. Keep in mind that the text and figures must be easily readable by viewers from a distance of at least 3 to 4 feet. Sans-serif fonts (such as Arial or Helvetica) are recommended. Avoid stylized or outline fonts and excessive italics. 

Do not prepare a poster as if it were a full proposal. Keep text to a minimum; use tables and figures. Details of the work can be provided in discussions with interested viewers. A handout may be prepared, and copies made available during the poster session. When preparing your posters, remember that your judges and audience may be from a broad range of disciplines. All posters should be able to convey their message without explanation from the presenter(s). A sample judging rubric is below. 




Poster Printing

Printing is available at a first come first serve basis.  Please visit the CTAHR Computer Lab Website to schedule your appointment.  The last appointment will be on Friday, April 17 at 4:30 pm.  

Funding for poster printing is available for undergraduates through the Undergraduates Research Opportunities Program (UROP).  Students who receive funding from UROP will also need to present their poster at the Undergraduate Showcase on April 24.  For more information, please contact


Presentation Guidelines

Students are expected to be at their posters during their assigned poster session to answer questions from judges and others about their work.  Each poster must be set up for display in the Campus Center Ballroom on Monday, April 20 at 8 am. All mounting or hanging materials for the poster will be provided. Posters must remain up throughout the day and can be removed at the end of CTAHR Research Day at 6 pm. Remaining posters will be removed by CTAHR staff and will be available for pick up at the ASAO office (Gilmore 117).



A panel of judges from diverse backgrounds and fields will score each poster presentation to determine award winners by undergraduate and graduate standings. Only students in CTAHR’s academic programs are eligible for prizes awarded by CTAHR. Winners from previous years are eligible for prizes. Again, to be eligible for prizes, original or creative work must be presented. Students presenting work primarily conducted at another university, e.g., a PhD. student presenting M.S. research done at another university, are not eligible for awards.


Sample Rubric

Component Maximum Points Available
Introduction and Literature Review
Does it introduce the research topic? 3
Does it identify gap(s) in this area of research to justify this study? 3
Does it explain the aim or purpose of the study? 3
Research Questions or Hypothesis
Does it have an appropriate hypothesis/expectation? 6
Methodology – Methods, Data Collection, Data Analysis
Does it describe and justify the research strategy chosen? (e.g., descriptive, analytical, experimental, evaluation, or a combination) 3
Does it describe the sampling method? (e.g., random, systematic, stratified, convenience, etc.) 3
Does it describe the data collection tools and procedures (e.g net, PCR, survey)? 3
Does it explain how data will be analyzed (e.g., qualitative, quantitative)? 3
Timeline: Does it provide a realistic timeline? Or Data Quality (e.g. labeled axis, readable figures, visually appealing)? 3
Discussion of expected outcomes of hypothesis? 3
Does the poster design and layout enhance the information presented (e.g. language, visual appeal)? 3
Does (Do) the presenter(s) respond to questions effectively? 9
Total 45 points



Top undergraduate and graduate students from proposal presentations will be awarded $1000 and announced at the end of CTAHR Research Day.  Winners will display and present their poster at the CTAHR Banquet on May 1, 2020.  All awardees will be hosted by CTAHR and are invited to attend.


Disclaimer: Portions of the CTAHR Research Day may be photographed or videotaped. By participating in this event you agree that these images and your name, area of study, and project description may be used in print, photo, or video media by CTAHR and or the University of Hawaii for educational and promotional purposes as CTAHR deems appropriate. If you have concerns, please contact mchen22[at]