Poster Presentations of Undergraduate Research

The Student Poster Presentation session is scheduled for 13:00 – 15:00 in Peter Clark Hall (located in the University Centre on the University of Guelph campus).  Please see the Presentation Abstracts for CUPC 2022 document (starting on page 24) for specific abstracts and titles of poster presentations.

Thumbtacks and/or push pins will be provided.  Judging will begin shortly after the poster session begins.

Poster Submission

Students, who are presenting a poster, are asked to drop their poster off at the main registration desk on Saturday morning, between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00am. CUPC volunteers will be transporting the posters and hanging them in Peter Clark Hall. If students prefer not to use push pins or thumbtacks, they are responsible for providing an alternate form of attachment with their poster.

Poster Presentation Judging Rubric

Sponsored by Wolfram, we have two prizes for the top overall poster presentations: 

  • one for the Best Poster in Experimental Physics, Education Research, and Science Outreach
  • one for the Best Poster in Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics and Computational Physics

We are providing the poster presentation judging rubric to all student presenters so that they can prepare for how their poster will be evaluated.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Poster Size

The size for posters must be no larger than 36 inches x 48 inches (or 90 cm x 120 cm); posters may be printed using either a portrait or landscape configuration.

Time Limit

Delegates presenting a poster must keep their prepared presentation to 3-5 minutes in length, especially for the judges.  If visitors to your poster have additional questions, they can follow up with you!

Land Acknowledgements

If you are presenting, include the names of the Indigenous groups upon whose land your research was conducted. This information could be stated on the poster or mentioned verbally at the start. For example, a student from Toronto Metropolitan University may include:

“This research was conducted in Toronto in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’.  The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.”

Many universities and other research institutions have several versions of land acknowledgements available, so if you are unsure of which Indigenous territories your institution is located on, start with the institution’s website. You can also visit the Native Land Digital website to help find which Indigenous territories your institution is located on.

Graphics and Colour

  • If your poster includes lots of graphics, try to avoid colour combinations that are challenging for those with colour-blindness. The most common combinations that cause difficulty are red/green, and yellow/blue. More information on colour-blind friendly formatting can be found in the article How to Use Color Blind Friendly Palettes to Make Your Charts Accessible.
  • Please ensure all images, media, and language are appropriate for the conference.


If you are comfortable doing so, please include your preferred pronouns as part of your name on your poster. For example, CUPC 2022 Co-Chair Ricky Summerlin would join a Zoom call with his name displayed as:

Ricky Summerlin (he/him)

Concerns During the Conference?

If you are experiencing difficulties of any kind – whether this is with another conference attendee, technical difficulties, or otherwise – please contact the CUPC Executive Team at