Poster competitions

Important dates

Why a poster?

Posters are a great way to present your research to a wide audience in a short amount of time. They should have enough detail to be of interest to passers-by on their own but not so much text that you scare off your potential audience. Posters should briefly describe your research for you when you can't be present; however, they are also a really useful way of starting more in-depth conversations about your research during a conference poster session (perhaps with a future Honours or PhD supervisor, employer, or collaborator!). Because poster sessions are usually more informal than conference talks and you are usually discussing your research with people either in small groups or one-to-one, you can get some really useful feedback on your work. Also, it's not uncommon for discussions to continue after the official poster session finishes and for you to make useful contacts you might not otherwise meet at a large conference.

Poster competition prizes

The following prizes will be awarded at the Student Research Fair:

  • Best Undergraduate Research Poster: $500 + recognition on AHEGS
  • Best Higher Degree Research Poster: $500 + recognition on AHEGS
  • People's Choice Undergraduate Research Poster: $50 Westfield gift voucher
  • People's Choice Higher Degree Research Poster: $50 Westfield gift voucher

Please join us at 3:15pm on Monday 26 September in the UNSW Business School to find out if you've won and/or congratulate the winners.

Poster topics

Undergraduate Research Competition 

Participants in the Undergraduate Research Competition can choose to present a poster on any business-related research topic. Some example topics include:

Discuss your research topic with your lecturer or tutor if you need advice on how to get started.

Undergraduate students can compete either individually or in teams of up to five enrolled students (though please note that if you win a prize, it will be split between team members).

Higher Degree Research Competition

UNSW Business School PhD and MPhil students should present an aspect of the research they are undertaking for their thesis. (Your supervisor should be able to advise you on what might make a good poster, if you are unsure.)

Poster content

Please note that viewers should be able to read your poster in less than five minutes – if it looks like it will take longer than that, many people won't bother and will choose to move to the next poster instead. Images, diagrams and graphs are a great way to make your research accessible to an audience with a short attention span. Please see below for some examples of research posters.


Research posters will often contain the following sections: Title; Introduction and objectives (put your research in context, draw the reader in – what are you studying and why is it interesting and important?); Methods (a brief description of how the research was/is being undertaken); Results (usually the biggest section, or maybe a number of sections, unless you are in the early stages of your project and so instead describing the issues that you will be considering); Conclusions (potentially including future directions); References; and Acknowledgements (eg supervisors or colleagues who have provided useful feedback and/or funders). However, if this doesn't suit your research project, you may prefer not to label your poster sections with these headings.

Undergraduate students may only have preliminary research ideas and findings to present. Competitors in the undergraduate competition can therefore present a literature review and/or case studies and/or their work-in-progress.

Poster format

Viewers should be able to read your poster from a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

For both poster competitions, students will be required to submit a pdf file of a poster suitable for printing at A0 size.


You may choose to prepare your poster using our PowerPoint templates

Alternatively you may prefer to use LaTex instead of PowerPoint, in which case the following link might provide useful starting information: If you are soon attending a conference that has specific requirements (or simply don't like the templates on offer), you are welcome to use other layouts if you would prefer to, but please ensure the final poster can be submitted as a pdf file ready for printing at size A0.

Poster submissions

Electronic poster submissions for both competitions are due by noon on Monday 12 September.

Posters shortlisted for presentation at the Student Research Fair will be printed at A0 size by the Business School Research Office and displayed all day at the fair, as well as in the week preceding it.

The Honours Coordinators for each School, or another academic staff member nominated by the Head of School, will shortlist posters for the Undergraduate Research Competition. The Postgraduate Research Coordinators for each School, or their nominee, will shortlist posters for the Higher Degree Research Competition.

Shortlisted poster presenters will be notified by 5pm on Friday 16 September, and informed of the relevant timeslot for their poster presentation session at that time (either 1-1:30pm or 1:30-2pm on Monday 26 September). All shortlisted presenters will receive a certificate at the Fair.

Shortlisted presenters will be required to stand at their poster for half an hour during the poster presentation session to discuss their research with staff, students, and guests attending the fair; therefore, all competitors must be available to attend the Fair on Monday 26 September 2016.

Students should be prepared to describe their research in a couple of minutes to interested audience members on the day of the Fair and answer questions about their project. Judges will be circulating amongst the audience and will be assessing each poster presentation for:

  • Robustness of research methods and results (or research ideas for undergraduate posters)
  • Clarity of presentation, both visual and oral
  • Visual appeal – does your poster draw in an audience from a distance?
  • Transparency of the relevance of your research – do your results have impact? Are your findings important? Have you made this easy to understand?

After the Student Research Fair your poster may be reprinted and displayed around the UNSW Business School.

Photography and filming
This event may be photographed and/or filmed for the promotional purposes of the UNSW Business School. The images may be posted on the School website and may be used in publications that are accessible by the general public. If you have any questions, please contact the Business School Research Office.