2015 Annual IS Student Research Poster Contest

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Congratulations to the Winners:

Completed Research Track:

First place: Ahmad Alaiad
Second place: William Easley, Cailing Dong (a tie)
Third place: H M Sajjad Hossain

Work-in-progress Track:

First place: Tao Ding
Second place: Aswini Baskaran, Kevin Daniel (co-authors)
Third place: Benjamin Houdeshell

Time: April 16 (Thursday), 2015, 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Place: Hallway on the 4th Floor of the ITE Building

Participant qualifications: The lead author of a poster must be a graduate or an undergraduate IS, HCC, or BTA student who has conducted the research work.

Three submission tracks:

  • Graduate completed research track (gcp): Completed work should solidly demonstrate significant theoretical development, sound research design, pertinent data collection methods, appropriate data analyses and results, and findings that advance our state of knowledge. The poster can be based on a student’s doctoral dissertation, Master’s thesis, independent study, or course project.
  • Graduate work-in-progress track (gwip): This track is intended to encourage presentation of research that is not completed but might be of significant interest to the IS research community. The work-in-progress should contain significant theory or concept development, artifact design or hypotheses development, method/experiment design and a data analysis/evaluation plan. Some preliminary evidence demonstrating the feasibility and efficacy of the artifacts/hypotheses would be preferred.
  • Undergraduate research track (ugr): Undergraduate students may present either completed or work-in-progress research based on their honors research or other course projects.

Each poster should be submitted to ONLY one of these tracks. It is recommended that students consult with their faculty mentor or collaborators regarding the selection of a submission track. The faculty review panel reserves the right to switch a submission to an appropriate track.

Important Deadlines:IMG_3487

  • Monday, April 6, 11:59am EST: abstract submission.
  • Monday, April 13, 11:59am EST: poster submission.
  • Thursday, April 16, 2:30pm – 5:00pm EST: poster contest.
    • 2:30pm – 3:30pm faculty panel
    • 3:30pm – 5:00pm open session

Poster Preparation and Instruction


Submission: All abstracts must be submitted using an online form. The student authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a poster. All posters must be submitted via a designated URL.

  • Abstract specification: The abstract should contain a title, authors, and a short abstract (max 2500 characters). The file should be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Poster specification: The poster file should be in either PDF or PowerPoint format and the preferable size is 24 inch by 36 inch. A PowerPoint template is available upon request. The posters will be printed by the department.
  • File naming convention: Posters should follow a naming convention trackname_ authornames, such as gcp_ HSimon_ANewell and ugr _ ATuring.
  • Three-poster limit: Each student may submit no more than three (3) posters, either as the sole author or a co-author. Any submissions received in excess of this limit will not be reviewed for this contest.
  • Presentation: The student authors should start to set up their posters half an hour in advance (2:00 pm on Apr. 16). Each student presenter will be required to prepare a 5-minute elevator pitch about their research to the faculty review panel prior to the open session of the contest. Student presenters are expected to stay throughout the contest. Those who leave their posts for extended time will be disqualified for winning any award. Audience is allowed to cast one and only one ballot per person for his/her favorite poster. Ballots will be made available and collected during the contest.

IMG_3492Awards: The winners of the contest will receive awards as dollar credits toward either purchase at UMBC bookstore, conference travel, or other types of research expenses (e.g., paying for a voice recorder for a user study). Selected posters will be also displayed in the 4th floor hallway and department web site. The winners will be awarded as follows:

  • Top placement award: The top-placement in each track will receive $100 worth of award.
  • Runner-up awards: One or more runner-ups will be selected for the tracks that receive seven or more quality submissions. The first runner-up will receive $75 and the second $50 (if any). The number of runner-up awards will depend on both the quality and quantity of submissions.
  • Audience Choice Award: The poster that receives the most votes based on the audience’s ballot will receive $50.

Selection process: The research posters will be evaluated by a panel of IS faculty judge using the following criteria:

  • Novelty of the research
  • Potential to make contributions to the IS field
  • Soundness of method design
  • Relevance of data analyses
  • Organization of the poster
  • Oral presentation and question answering

All submission inquiries should be sent to Dr. Zhou at zhoul@umbc.edu using the subject line: “research poster contest”.