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FYRE! The First Year Research Experience Wall Exhibition

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites all first-year students (i.e students who have completed 45 credit hours or fewer) to participate in FYRE!  

This is an opportunity for students to showcase their best research-based projects completed in any 1000-level course: RHET 1020, Pathways 1, Pathways 2, Scientific Thinking, Philosophical Thinking, Seminar 1023, Seminar 1099, Seminar 1110 or any other 1000-level course.

Research-based posters that demonstrate deep critical analysis and sound argument will be considered, on a competitive basis, for the FYRE Wall.


What is a Research Poster?

A Research poster is a visual presentation of your research study. Posters are a common medium of research display in the academic community.  

An effective poster:

  • Presents the research in a logically-organized way, reading from the top-left to the bottom-right corner of the poster.
  • Utilizes the white space well so that it is not over-crowded or underutilized.
  • Employs both text and graphics (figures, pictures, graphs, photos) to present the message in a balanced and visually-appealing manner.
  • Uses large enough font-size to be read easily at a distance. 
  • Presents the information concisely, employing bullet points and selecting only the key pieces of information.
  • Is complete and self-explanatory so that a viewer would understand the poster, even in the absence of a presenter.


Deadline for Application:

Fall Semester: December 15

Spring Semester: May 15


Poster Specifications:


  • Well-articulated research question that addresses complex issue
  • Key background literature that contextualizes the research
  • Appropriateness of method to research question 
  • Persuasive, logically-organized research argument
  • Logical, numerical, or illustrative support, checked for accuracy, currency and relevance
  • Sound conclusion that offers an insight or original contribution to the field
  • Citation of sources and graphics/photos, both in-text and in list of references


The organization/sections of the poster may vary depending on the disciplinary area. The following are suggested sub-sections of the poster, classified by discipline.  Feel free to re-label or modify the sections, as appropriate to your research argument.

A poster on a science or social science topic may be organized into:

  • Research Question
  • Key Studies in the Literature (3-4 point summary)
  • Method
  • Results
  • Analysis and Discussion 
  • Conclusion and Implications
  • References

A poster on a humanities topic may be organized into:

  • Research Question/Thesis
  • Theoretical Background
  • Key Studies in the Literature (3-4 point summary)
  • Approach 
  • Main Points of Logical Argument
  • Conclusion/Significance/Future Directions
  • References

Layout and Format

Divide the material into vertical columns on the poster

  • Use at least 18-point type in the body of your poster, and at least 40-point for the title
  • Size the poster for a 1 meter by 1 meter display board
  • Spell out acronyms if used
  • Check accuracy of spelling, capitalization and punctuation
  • Accompany tables or charts with bullets explaining major findings
  • Use visuals only to support your argument, not for cosmetic effect


PowerPoint Poster Templates

Use the the following PowerPoint Poster slides as the template for your poster:

You can re-size, re-position or re-label the text boxes, but you have to use the template design and the AUC/Academy of Liberal Arts nameplate.


Poster Printing

Participants in FYRE will print the posters at their own expense.  For durability, select vinyl or wrinkle-free fabric, and water-resistant ink for printing.  


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