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Charlton Poster Award

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The Charlton Poster Awards are presented based on performance at the Charlton Poster Competition, an annual event that occurs in the fall of each year in conjunction with the Charlton Lectureship. This lectureship brings distinguished biomedical scientists to our campus to present their research.

The research presented must be the work of the student and completed during the student's enrollment at Tufts. The intent of this event is to give students an opportunity to exchange ideas with the Tufts and Boston scientific community, as well as to develop presentation skills. Students with similar levels of training are evaluated with their peers. Participants are typically divided into three groups:

  • Sackler Junior Category: Sackler PhD students in years 1-3, MD/PhD students in Sackler years 1-2, and Sackler MS students
  • 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
  • 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
In each group listed above, there will be a combination of first place ($500), second place ($250), third place ($100), and fourth place ($50) winners.

Eligibility
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
The deadline for 2019 will be announced in early fall of that year.
Please submit by emailing your abstract to Ledja Lera.

Poster Judging
Students are assigned a 15-minute poster presentation time slot. Students should plan to spend 8 minutes of this time presenting the poster; the remaining time is 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, with the Charlton speaker. Award winners are announced at the Charlton Lecture.

Round One Judging will occur on the day before the Charlton lecture; finalists will be judged on the day of the lecture.

Poster Size

Posters should be approximately 36"x48". Poster boards 36"x60" and pushpins are provided to student participants on the day of presentation.

Selection Criteria

  • Research Design and Data Analysis (25 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 (25 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 (25 points):
    • Is the student aware of and able to convey the significance of their work in the larger framework of the field in which s/he is working?
  • Poster Presentation (25 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?
    • Did the student convey enthusiasm for the work?
    • Was the poster arranged in a logical format that is easy to follow?

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