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.

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 by 4:00 pm
  • October 23 – Deadline to submit Poster by 4:00 pm. Link will be posted when available.
  • November 5 - 9  Posters posted online; viewers to peruse and 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

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.