Forward Thinking Poster Session

Each year, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in conjunction with the Office of International Education (OIE) hosts a Forward Thinking Poster Session. At traditional conferences, posters, papers and presentations are used to convey the results of work that has been completed. Although presenters at such events often outline possible directions for future research, the emphasis is on a research plan that has already been executed and on results already achieved. At this event, posters focus on projects that will take place within the next 6-12 months. They aim to showcase Marquette University research projects, provide opportunities to learn more about work being done in other disciplines and foster professional skills for students.


Forward Thinking Posters






 From November 5 -9, people reviewed 31 submitted posters and voted for favorites in four different categories. Join us for oral presentations of the eight Forward Thinking posters that received the most votes during those five days and which will be receiving Jump Start Awards.

Oral Poster Presentations - Nov. 19, 2020

   Below are the posters receiving top scores for each of the four judging criterion and will be presented on November 19th between 1:00 -3:00pm. You can RSVP to attend the virtual presentation here.









Award Criterion

1:00 - 1:05

Welcome & Introduction




1:05 - 1:15

Event Overview




1:15 - 1:25

Assessing Muslims’ Mental Health and Related Stigma During Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study

Stefan Reutter


Which poster is the most interesting or appealing?

1:25 - 1:35

Algorithm-Hardware Co-Design in Computing Systems: From Embedded Systems to the Cloud

Wenkai Guan

Cristinel Ababei

1:35 - 1:45

“I Feel You”: Exploring Empathy and Physiological Linkage in Friend Dyads

Joia Wesley

Nakia Gordon

Which poster taught me the most?

1:45 - 1:55

An Analysis of COVID-19 Pandemic - A Case Study in Wisconsin



1:55 - 2:05

Empowering Community Voices to Re-design Mental Health Services for Culturally Diverse Children and Families of Color

Madeline Buchanan

Lindsay Holly

Which poster makes you most want to invest in the project?

2:05 - 2:15

Lasting physical and psychological effects of COVID-19

Mike Haischer

Sandra Hunter

2:15 - 2:25

Transportation access after a stroke: Identifying barriers and facilitators

Molly McDermott

Sarah Grace Dalton

Which poster best illustrates the forward-thinking nature of the project?

2:25 - 2:35

The Effect of Mindful Prayers on First-Generation Immigrant/Refugee Muslim Women’s Wellness: A Qualitative Study

Julia Pawlowski


2:35 - 2:45

Office of International Education, International Research Award Announcement

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

Research Award

2:45 - 3:00

Questions and Closing







New for 2020

With COVID-19 precautions and social-distancing still in effect, the look and feel of this year’s event needed to be modified. Below is an overview of the major changes:

  • The “poster” this year will be one single PowerPoint slide – designed to be a concise, visual and virtual representation of your research project.
  • Finalists for the ORSP Jump Start Awards Recipients of the Forward Thinking Virtual Poster Session Certificate of Awards will receive an award certificate and give a 5-minute oral presentation of their poster on November 19th. 
  • OIE will give one International Research Award of up to $2,500. Projects with an international component must self-select for consideration and will be evaluated solely on the power point slide.
  • All slides will be available for viewing over a five-day period.
  • All MU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to view the slides and then vote for their favorites. This voting will determine the finalists for the ORSP Jump Start Awards and will weigh into the review of the International Research Award.

Full details of this event can be found in the 2020 Forward Thinking Virtual Poster Presentation Guidelines.

Important Dates

  • Mid-September – Guidelines posted on ORSP website
  • October 2 – Deadline to submit Intent to Participate form is 4:00 pm
  • October 23 – Deadline to submit poster is 4:00 pm.
    • Information needed to complete the form includes: name, email address and department (faculty) for each member of the project team, title, brief description (2-3 sentences), keywords (3), PowerPoint slide of poster (one slide; .ppt file format) and description of international component, if applicable.
  • November 5 - 9  View posters online; peruse and submit your vote.
  • November 12 – Jump Start awardees announced
  • November 19 – Virtual Oral Poster Presentations of the Jump Start Awardees and the International Research Awardee announced, 1:00 – 3:00pm.  Register via Eventbrite.

Important Links

If you have any questions, please contact Averia Flasch or Erin Folstad in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

If you have any questions regarding international research components, please contact Terence Miller in the Office of International Education.