Student Research Expo (SRE)


Student Research Expo (SRE) 2016


Thank you for your interest in displaying your research at the RES/CON (Resiliency Conference) 2016 Student Research Expo, co-hosted by the University of North Alabama – Security and Emergency Management program. The SRE proposal selection process is very competitive. We want to help you to be successful in submitting your proposal, so please follow the guidelines below closely. Consideration is only given to proposals that follow all the guidelines listed.


The SRE is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who are currently conducting research in fields related to disaster/emergency management, resiliency management and/or crisis response. This is an informal opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas. Presenters will have an opportunity to share research studies, practical problem-solving efforts, or an innovative idea with fellow RES/CON participants. SRE presentations also provide other conference participants with an opportunity to become acquainted with your topic quickly and easily, and an effective SRE presentation highlights the main points or components of your topic succinctly.


Click here for the “SRE Submission Form”



  1. Entrants are REQUIRED to submit their proposal electronically via the submission form along with a one page

abstract. To be fair, everyone must submit a proposal via this process. Submissions are ONLY accepted by emailing

your completed proposal submission form and the one page abstract as an attachment to

  1. The submission deadline of JANUARY 15, 2016 is firm. Due to the quick turnaround time for the review process,

late submissions will not be accepted.

  1. SRE presenters will receive one complimentary Full-Conference registration to RES/CON 2016. Any student

coming from a university that is outside of the New Orleans area or any student who is not a local resident will receive

one complimentary room night for Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at a RES/CON host hotel (one complimentary registration

and hotel night per poster session).

  1. The SRE session time will include the following exhibit hall hours (where the poster session will take place):


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Wednesday, March 2, 2016


9:00am-Noon – Set up displays 8:15-9:00am – Display open

Noon-1:30pm – Display open 10:15-10:45am – Display open

3:30pm-4:00pm – Display open 11:45am-1:30pm – Display open

5:00pm-6:30pm – Display open 3:30pm-4:00pm – Display open

4:00pm – Display tear-down


Students should plan to have their display set no later than 12Noon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Posters should remain on display until 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Students should also plan to be in attendance with their poster during the Exhibit Hall timeframes listed above to address any questions.


















Since SRE sessions are a relatively new venue for many presenters, RES/CON and UNA have compiled some guidelines for successful sessions to help you prepare for optimum visibility and interaction with the viewers. We hope that these general guidelines better enable you to develop a SRE poster presentation that will take advantage of its increased visibility and opportunities for interaction with others. RES/CON will provide a 6′ draped table for displays in the SRE section of the expo floor. You will be responsible for the set-up, maintenance, and removal of your poster product.


Please note some common mistakes to avoid:


 DO NOT use less than 16-pt. font for any text you mount. Most viewers will be at least three feet away from

your presentation material.

 DO NOT make a material that is excessively wordy, lacking in graphics, or generally boring. Your goal as a

presenter should be to give audience members a general overview of your presentation within a few minutes of


o If you must include research papers, elaborate descriptions, or anything else text-dense, have it

available as a handout.


Below are particular points to consider when putting your poster presentation together:


Divide the contents of your material into appropriate sections. For instance – title, author, affiliation; abstract; methodology; data; results; conclusions. Be sure to include each section on a separate sheet(s) of paper.

 Use larger lettering (16-pt. font size or greater) for the SRE poster title, author and affiliation. Make the

lettering at least one inch high.

 Try to keep your word count low (under 800 words if possible) and your information relevant and

understandable to anyone outside your particular field.

 Avoid fonts that are script or difficult to read.

 If hand lettering is required, use a black felt-tip pen (Sharpie).

 The pieces should be organized in a way that leads the viewer through the display in a logical progression.

 Make illustrations simple and bold.

 The display should be self-explanatory so that you are free to talk.


A neutral poster or matte board is more amenable to the eye than a bright colored background. A splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your IDCE SRE presentation “stand
out” from the crowd.

Have a notepad handy when presenting at your SRE session. It may be helpful in elaborating on your findings, or for taking names and addresses of people interested in your work. Feel free to have cards with your contact info handy as well since the SRE is a great place to network and make contacts.


Further Reading:


These sites contain useful tips and examples to help you design SRE presentations that are effective, creative, and compelling.

Pro Tips for Poster Sessions From a Successful Example
Designing Effective Posters
Penn State’s Poster Session Tips