"Inspiring the Next Generation of Citizen Scientists: Flint Water Educational Outreach" presented by (L-R) Jeannie Purchase (PhD candidate, Civil Engineering) and Kathryn Little (master's candidate, Environmental Engineering.

Celebrating community engagement

At our annual event, students and student teams prepare conference-quality posters demonstrating learning gains and community impact results from their project experiences. Posters are divided into categories that highlight our core values. Awards are given to the top posters. All undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals. 

Apply for our 2018 showcase: Friday, April 13, 2018
This year, our showcase is joining forces with The Student Experiential Learning Conference, where we will be one part of a day-long event demonstrating purpose-driven experiential learning.

  • Applications are open! Apply by March 18, 2018. Submit your proposed presentation under the "Service Learning" category.

  • Who can participate? At this year's showcase, only undergraduate students are eligible to participate.

Using a PowerPoint template, design a poster that addresses the following points:

  • Personal and civic gains of participating
  • Core value category your poster falls under
  • Academic / Content Learning. (If the project was associated with a course, please be sure to indicate this)
  • Community Impact
  • Acknowledgements (Community Partner, Supervisors/Mentors, Faculty Supervisors/Mentors, Resources)
  • Print the poster to fit a 36" tall x 48" wide template. The poster will be attached to a trifold board at the showcase, we will have boards and mounting supplies on hand.
  • Check with your academic department to see if they have a poster printer, and if they are willing to print your poster at their cost. The digital Print Center also prints posters, however you will need to format your file for poster-sized printing and convert it to pdf format before sending it to the Print Center.
  • Posters will be judged on the criteria listed below. Winners will be announced at the end of the showcase.

Judging Criteria

  • Clarity of presentation
  • Articulation of learning
  • Quality of impact
  • Overall presentation quality

Frequently asked questions

Your poster must be 36″ tall x 48″ wide. You can find a basic PowerPoint template here. If you are unsure on how to correctly size your poster, please contact us at engage@vt.edu. We are glad to assist you.

Please check out examples of posters below. We recommend including a variety of text and photos. Make it visually interesting and include important information. Remember that you will be presenting your poster to judges, the campus community, and the wider NRV community – be sure to explain your project in a way that those unfamiliar with it would understand.

If you need design assistance or feedback on your poster, please reach out to us at engage@vt.edu. We are happy to advise you on what makes a successful poster.

Wherever you are getting your poster printed, contact the printer early to ensure they have time to print it.
We recommend that you ask your department if they would be willing to print your poster at no cost to you.

If your department is not able to print your poster, VT Engage is able to print your poster for free. If you run into a printing problem at the last minute, please contact us at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798 – we might be able to assist you.

We recommend business attire – clothing that would be appropriate for a workplace or to wear for an interview. This could look like a nice shirt with dress pants or a skirt, a suit with a tie, a dress, etc.; what would work best for you depends on your style and comfort level.


Yes! We welcome posters describing community-based research projects, but the showcase is open to all types of community-based projects. Our basic requirement is that your project is about your class work or service in a community. Contact us at engage@vt.edu if you are unsure whether your project meets our requirements.

Ones that highlight the impact of your work in the community. Past participants have submitted projects from community learning courses, volunteer work, special initiatives they’ve implemented, etc. One of our undergraduate winners, Laina Schneider, submitted a poster about her capstone project, which was implementing a cook stove a local community garden.

Absolutely! This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to showcase their work.

Take a look at our values and consider which value your project seems to most closely align with and choose that one. If your poster is accepted, we may suggest that you consider putting your poster under another value if we think it fits a bit better.

Poster examples