The first step of your project is to complete a literature review! The purpose of this component is to familiarize yourselves with your mentor’s field of study and to inspire potential research questions and hypotheses. A literature review consists of a brief background of the topic, a summary of the current research, and an identification of the gaps in the research. Be sure to include in-text citations and a references list in the proper citation format (ie. APA). For more tips, check out the poster below!
Literature reviews are 2-3 pages (not including references list), Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins.
Before any experiment is carried out, scientists must develop a research proposal to justify why the research is important and/or why their project should receive funding. For your group’s purposes, this component will consist of a brief background of the topic, a research question and hypothesis, some real-world applications for the research, the research methods your group plans to use, and if applicable, any inclusion/exclusion criteria. Be sure to include in-text citations and a references list in the proper citation format (ie. APA). Stay tuned for more tips!
Research proposals may be 3-4 pages (not including references list), Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins.
Now that you have all the background information and your project is approved, you are finally ready to begin the actual research! The nature of this component will vary depending on your group’s experiment idea. However, some examples include systematic reviews, meta-analyses, statistical analyses of pre-collected field data, computational analyses, etc. Your mentor may ask you to develop a simplified report including a results + data analysis section and discussion in order to organize your findings in preparation for the conference. Be sure to include in-text citations and a references list in the proper citation format (ie. APA).
This is an ongoing self-directed component of the project. Submissions and deadlines are determined by the groups and their mentors.
Now that you’ve completed your projects, it’s time to present your findings. In the scientific community, learning how to effectively present your research to your peers is essential to promote scientific discussion, get academic/professional degrees, and possibly receive more funding for future research!
Your poster should include a compelling title, some background information, the research question + hypothesis, methods, diagrams, conclusions, and acknowledgements of mentor affiliations/funding/etc. Be sure to have minimal text and an organized flow throughout all the components.
Your slideshow should consist of the different parts of your poster zoomed in for ease of presenting during a virtual conference. Edits permitted involve those of formatting (ie. image placement, font size, section splitting, etc.) and not those that add/remove content from submitted poster.
Posters may be horizontal (48×36”) or vertical (36×44”).
Research Poster Templates (note: you are not required to use these templates): https://brand.ubc.ca/guidelines/downloads/print-and-presentation-templates/
The abstracts of conference proceedings should be concise and structured. They should be no more than 250 words with the following sections:
250 words max., Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins.
Bibliographic citations in the reference list and their call-outs in the text should conform to the Vancouver style. For more information on this style, see this page. In-text citations to references should be numbers in square brackets; e.g., 
For more information, please visit the STEM Fellowship Journal website at: https://journal.stemfellowship.org/authors/instructions-to-authors