Project Registration

Project Registration

Guidelines for Project Registration

For proper submission, please read the important instructions below. Then scroll down for the link to the registration form.

What you will need:

1. Title of your project

2. Your research advisor's name and email

This is the name of the professor with whom you spent the most time discussing your project. The advisor's name is a required field on the submission form. In order to insure that your project gets classified properly and judged appropriately, it is very important that you accurately list your research advisor.

3. Project's broad topic

This helps the organizing committee place your poster in the appropriate area and assign the right judges to it. Your choices on the registration form are:

  • Arts and Humanities (includes: English, Art) 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Science (includes: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology) 
  • Social science (includes: HDFS, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography) 
  • Health (includes: Nursing, Fitness, Exercise Science) 
  • Business
  • Computers (includes: IST, Computer Science)

If you are unsure of which category to choose, ask a professor who is familiar with your project.

4. An abstract

The abstract is a summary of your project. A good abstract gives the reader a quick idea of what your project was about, why it was worthwhile doing, and what your key results were (yes, an abstract is often a spoiler). Your abstract can be 150 to 250 words.

For examples of abstracts from a variety of fields, see this excellent page from the University of Wisconsin at Madison Writing Center:

For examples in engineering, see these examples from The Cornell College of Engineering:

5. What type of project you did

This is different from the topic. Instead of asking "what was the project about", this is asking "what kind of activities did you engage in while working on your project?" Was it a creative endeavor? Did you read books or articles? Did you interview people? Did you perform experiments? Did you do any statistics? Did you build or design something (including a piece of software)?

Accurate classification of the type of project you did is important, as it determines on what criteria your project gets judged.

On the registration form, you will have to choose among the following options:

  • Creative endeavor 
  • Liberal arts research (searched for and read books or journal articles, and/or interviewed people
    on historical facts, used the reading to support an idea)
  • Design (built a structure, made a robot, wrote a piece of software, made a pamphlet, developed some teaching material, a marketing strategy, etc.)
  • Scientific Research (designed an experiment or wrote a survey, performed experiments, collected responses from people, collected financial data on the internet, used statistics to analyze the data, made graphs, etc.)
  • Theoretical Research (proved a theorem)

Registration for projects with 6 students or less

Registration for projects with 7 students or more

Registration for Video and Oral Presentations