2022 Student Research Celebration

March 29 – April 1, 2022, Online

Falk students participating in the Virtual Falk Student Research Celebration will submit posters of completed or in-progress empirical, exploratory, policy analytic, systematic review, or hypothesis-driven research projects using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods for display, judging, and awards in the 2022 Virtual Falk Student Research Celebration March 30– April 1, 2022. The multi-day event will highlight Falk students’ research collaborations and their dedication to advancing new knowledge.

Submissions will be judged in one of three award categories, based on the first author’s primary degree program:

Posters are judged on the following criteria:
Visual appeal
Sound methodology
Clear presentation
Potential impact of the research

Posters should clearly state research questions, aims of the project, or hypotheses being tested. Note that the methodology and impact criterion are weighted more heavily than the others.

Research Celebration Letter of Intent (LOI; entry form) is due February 10. Electronic poster submissions are due March 22 by 3pm.

Posters distributed (via email) to the Falk Community on March 30th, with announcement of awards.

The Falk College Office of Research Development promotes a robust, collaborative research community in which students play an active role. At Falk, graduate, and undergraduate students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty to collect data, analyze findings and draw conclusions on relevant topics surrounding exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, nutrition, public health, social work, and sport management.

Competition Eligibility and Guidance

First authors must be enrolled in a Falk degree, minor, or CAS and must have a faculty advisor/mentor. Your advisor/mentor is a faculty member responsible for approving your participation in the research celebration who may also have been involved in the research.

Only one first author submission is allowed per student. You may have one first author or two co-first authors who make equal contributions as demonstrated by the credit taxonomy. Exceptions to include additional co-first authors should be discussed with FSRC committee chair. Monetary awards are only granted to first authors.

Posters should display empirical, exploratory, policy analytic, process or program evaluation, case study, systematic review, and/or hypothesis driven research (faculty supervised or original student projects) that utilize qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. If you have questions about your project meeting the above criteria, discuss with your faculty advisor/mentor.

How to enter the competition

To enter the poster competition, submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via SU’s application portal InfoReady, no later than February 10, 2022.

Join on InfoReady

How to submit your final poster

Final electronic posters are due by 3 pm on Tuesday March 22nd.

After February 10th you will be able to submit your electronic posters to SU’s application portal InfoReady.

Poster Filename

Name your electronic poster one of the following ways, indicating the award category that you are submitting to (category is based on the degree level of the first author):

  • Last Name_UG Poster 2022 (ex: Smith_UG_Poster 2022).
  • Last Name_MA or MS_Poster 2022
  • Last Name_PhD_Poster 2022

Credit Taxonomy

Discuss contributions with your faculty mentor and complete a credit taxonomy form (Student contributions are judged in part using credit taxonomy. Name your credit taxonomy file one of the following ways:

  • Last Name_UG_Credit Taxonomy 2022 (ex: Smith_UG_Credit Taxonomy 2022).
  • Last Name_MA or MS_Credit Taxonomy 2022
  • Last Name_PhD_Credit Taxonomy 2022

Important Dates

No late entries will be accepted. All components must be submitted on time to be considered for this competition. Please plan accordingly and make note of the key dates.

Key Dates:
February 10 Poster Entry Form (LOI) Due (via InfoReady).
March 22 Submissions Due (electronic submissions only) by 3pm.
Student only who submitted a LOI are able to proceed in the poster competition.
March 29 Judging and Awards (announced via email).
March 30 Poster distribution with announcement of awards (via email) to Falk community.

Help and Resources:

Poster Accessibility

Students should check their electronic posters for accessibility compliance.

Please use the built-in accessibility checker in your document to ensure your poster is accessible.

The built-in accessibility checker can alert you to some common accessibility errors in your document, including missing alternative text on images/charts, missing headers on tables, poor table formatting, unclear hyperlinks, and missing slide titles. It will also alert you to reading order problems.

View the Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations in Office tutorial to learn how to make your PowerPoint poster or pdf file accessible. Please pay special attention to instructions for using alternative text on images, descriptive hypertext links, accessible charts and graphs (requires alternative text), and accessible tables (requires using alternative text).

Students can additionally check their final PDF poster file for accessibility using the European Internet Inclusion Initiative (EIII) online Tingtun PDF Checker.

The Research Celebration Committee

The Falk College Office of Research Development is grateful for the involvement of scholars from throughout the College who serve on the Falk Student Research Celebration committee, including:
Maria Brown, Assistant Research Professor, School of Social Work
Amy Dumas, Director, Falk College Office of Research Development (Ex Officio; non-voting)
Justin Ehrlich, Assistant Professor, Sport Management
Rashmi Gangamma, Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
Jessica Garay, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies
Kate Gratien, Research Operations Specialist (Ex Officio; non-voting)
Kevin Heffernan, Associate Professor, Exercise Science
Brittany Kmush, Assistant Professor, Public Health (Spring ’22)
Katie McDonald, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Public Health (Ex Officio; non-voting)
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies
Sara Vasilenko, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science (Chair)
Bhavneet Walia, Assistant Professor, Public Health (Fall ’21)
Falk Student – TBD


If you have any questions, please contact Kate Gratien, kgratien@syr.edu.