The Forum is open to all currently enrolled University of Miami undergraduate students, in all disciplines/fields. Students that have presented in a previous year cannot present on that same project.


We welcome submissions from all disciplines. The sole requirement is that the work be ORIGINAL and COMPELLING.  If the type of project that you are presenting cannot be presented as a poster, please email Maria Robertson at to make special arrangements for your presentation.
Participants must:

        •  REGISTER online for the competition.
        •  SUBMIT a 250 word abstract of your paper/project by Monday, March 6, 2017


Abstracts should be based on original work or research that may include work in progress (preferably work near to completion), either published or unpublished. Students submitting abstracts must be responsible for the major portion of the work submitted. Multiple co-authorship with faculty is appropriate.

Your abstract should be 250 words and contain:

        •  Brief introduction
        •  Summary of methodology
        •  Results and conclusions OR Style, goals, craftsmanship, aesthetics, and analysis (as appropriate)

Applicants are accepted to the Forum based on the content of the abstract submitted as part of the application. Please note that titles should have every relevant word capitalized.
Abstract Sample


Day Before Event (Monday, April 3, 2017):

        •  All students will set up their posters/projects from 3-5pm at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center (SC), 3rd Floor Center Ballroom, Coral Gables campus
        •  Check-in prior to entering the Ballroom. The check-in desk will be at the entrance of the Center Ballroom.
        •  Our office will provide you with a tack board that measures 6’wide by 4’high for you to mount your poster. The board accommodates both horizontal and vertical poster displays. You will receive your tack board location at check-in.
        •  Please bring your own pushpins, tape, scissors, staples and other supplies.  We will not provide you with supplies, except for the tack-board to pin up your poster (see Guidelines for Posters on this page for more details).


Day of Event (Tuesday, April 4, 2017):

        •  Student dress suggestion is business casual.  For men: pants, shirt and tie.  For women: skirt or slacks with
           blouse or top or a dress.  Students to report to Donna E. Shalala Student Center’s (SC) 3rd floor Center Ballroom at least 10 minutes prior to their designated presentation time and proceed to their poster in preparation for their presentation to the judges.
        • Students should remain by their poster/project during the entire time that they are scheduled to present. 
        • Participants will receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Research with specific instructions.
        •All participants are invited to attend the reception and award ceremony at 5:30 pm in the Donna E. Shalala Student Center’s (SC) 3rd Floor East Ballroom.


        •  Unless you are presenting a work of art or music, presentations should be in poster format. All poster displays should include the author’s name, title, and the elements of the scientific method or creative
           process and content.
        •  YOU are responsible for your own poster production and cost of printing.
        •  Ask your faculty mentor for suggestions on where to print your poster.  The Richter Library Media Lab also provides poster printing services. Visit their website for details: All printing orders must be received by the Richter Library Media Lab AT LEAST 48 hours in advance.
        •  Click here to download instructions on creating your RCIF poster on a PowerPoint slide.  Additional Poster Instructions.
        •  Tack boards will measure 6’ wide by 4’ high. We recommend that you bring a professionally printed poster, no
           larger than 4’ wide by 3’ high. The poster does not need to be mounted on poster board. Please bring your own
           pushpins, tape, scissors, staples, and other supplies.  We will not provide you with supplies.
        •  The title of the abstract and the authors’ names should be at the top in lettering at least one inch high. Figures,
           legends, table and text should be readable from a distance of three feet. Major results and conclusions should be stated succinctly and clearly.
        •  If you are unable to have a poster printed, please post your sheets on the tack board as professionally as
        •  The audience for the project displays will be the RCIF attendees – the general university community of faculty,
           students, employees, and community members.
        • Our office will email you your presentation times along with an excuse letter to provide to your professors at least a week before the RCIF.



        •  Judges may be faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and senior graduate students.
        • Two judges will evaluate each project. The judging sessions are in 20 minute blocks. Each student will present
           to one judge at a time for a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes for each judge (hence the two presentation times).

Judging Criteria

        •  Evaluation criteria include presentation style, significance, originality, methodology, and presentation quality.
        •  Criteria scores will be summed to determine winners.

RCIF STEM Project Rating Form
RCIF Humanities Project Rating Form

Questions?  Email the Office of Undergraduate Research at or call the office at 305-284-5058.