Charlton Poster Award

Preparing for the Poster Fair

2017-2018 Charlton Lectureship

This year's lecture will be on October 25, 2017, 4-5:30 pm in the Sackler Auditorium. The lecture will be delivered by Michael Irwin, MD, the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute, and Director of the Center’s Inflammatory Biology Core.

2017-2018 Charlton Poster Competition

The poster competition will take place on October 24 and 25, 2017 in Sackler 114. The Charlton poster competition provides students with the opportunity to exchange ideas with scientists and physicians on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus, and to hone their presentation skills. Students with similar levels of training are evaluated with their peers. Participants are typically divided into three groups:

  • Sackler Senior Category: Sackler biomedical PhD students in years 4 and above, MD/PhD students in Sackler years 4 and above, and Sackler CTS PhD students
  • Sackler Junior Category: Sackler PhD students in years 1-3, MD/PhD students in Sackler years 1-3, and Sackler MS students
  • Professional Category: All Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine students and MD/PhD students in TUSM years 1 and 2.  
If there are a small number of participants in a particular category, the selection committee may combine categories.

Award Amount

First place ($500), second place ($250), third place ($100) -- in each of three judging categories.


Sackler, Medical, MD/PhD, Dental, and Veterinary students are eligible to participate in the poster competition. The research presented must be the work of the student and completed during the student's enrollment at Tufts.

Application Process

Students initiate the process by submitting an abstract to the poster competition. Participants submit their abstracts to the Sackler Dean's Office by the published deadline. Students prepare a poster describing the background and scientific findings related to their research.

Deadline for Abstract Submission

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 5pm.

Poster Judging

Students are assigned a 15-minute poster presentation time slot. The student should plan to spend half of this time presenting the poster; the remaining time is for for questions from a panel of faculty from the participating schools who serve as judges. Finalists are selected to present their posters again the next day to the judging committee, which includes the Charlton lecturer. Award winners are announced at the Charlton Lecture. 40”x60” posterboards and pushpins are provided to student participants at the time of poster setup.

Selection Criteria

  • Research Design and data analysis (20 points): Is the experimental design or clinical study design adequate to address the formulated hypothesis? Have appropriate controls been performed? Have statistical analyses been performed appropriately and do they address possible confounding factors?
  • Degree of Involvement in the project (20 points): Was the student involved in the process from start to finish, i.e. conceiving, performing, and analyzing results of the presented experiments or clinical study? Have most of the presented results been obtained as a result of the student’s research?
  • Significance of the work (15 points): Is the student aware of and able to convey the significance of their work in the larger framework of the field in which they are working?
  • Poster Presentation (10 points): Is the student able to present the background, results, and conclusions of the poster in a way that is logical, that is understandable to scientists with minimal background in the area, and that conveys enthusiasm for the work?
  • Poster Design (10 points): Is the poster arranged in a logical format that is easy to follow? Is the data presented in an understandable, clear format?

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