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Student Polar Research Symposiums

What happens when students present their scientific work to polar scientists?

Incredible collaborations, meaningful experiences, and excitement about science!

Hillside Avenue School 6th grade students presenting their research findings to Lisa Rom of the National Science Foundation at the CONVERGE Student Research Symposium (April 2015).

Scientists scientists travel to professional conferences to present their research to peers, so should students. Students participating in the Sci-I Project Educator Workshops will present their own investigations to polar scientists and one another.

Posters from the top groups of each Sci-I Project school are showcased at the SPRS Poster Session.  Members of the group rotate through presenting on their investigation and observing other students’ investigations. At least one scientist, one educator, and one group of students is assigned to review each poster (as happens at professional science conferences). The agenda for the day has been developed to ensure that each reviewer will be able to spend roughly 10 minutes at each poster they are reviewing.

* To get a better sense of the purpose of the SPRS event and what it may look like for your students, check out the video we put together in 2015. *

Students presenting to one another on their research.

SPRS Information for Participating Teachers:

Important Dates for California schools 2016-17:
  • December 2, 2016 – Submit mini proposal to Sci-I Project Team for review, feedback, and approval
  • February 3, 2017 –
    • Send Bridgette/Kristen information about how many buses or cars and how many people total (students and chaperones) you will be coming to the Student Polar Research Symposium.
    • Submit California Poster Entry Form to Sci-I Project Team to reserve a space for your students’ posters at the Student Polar Research Symposium Poster Session.
  • February 24, 2017 – Student Polar Research Symposium at California State University, Monterey Bay (10:00am–1:30pm)
Important Dates for New Jersey schools 2016-17:
  • March 17, 2017 – Submit mini proposal to Sci-I Project Team for review, feedback, and approval
  • May 19, 2017 –
    • Send Kristin information about how many buses or cars and how many people total (students and chaperones) you will be coming to the Student Polar Research Symposium.
    • Submit Poster Entry Form to Sci-I Project Team to reserve a space for your students’ posters at the Student Polar Research Symposium Poster Session.
  • June 8, 2017 – Student Polar Research Symposium at Rutgers University (10:00am–1:30pm)


Sample Agenda for a SPRS:

9:45a – 10:10a : Arrive, Check-in, and Set-up posters
10:15a – 10:35a : Scientist introductions
10:45a – 11:45a : Poster Session – students, teachers, and scientists visit posters to learn about the investigations
11:45a – 12:15p : Lunch *Schools need to bring their own lunches*
12:15p – 12:30p : Poster Session reflection
12:30p – 1:00p : Scientist panel to answer student questions
1:00p : Take-down posters and Depart


Poster Information & Paperwork for the SPRS:

Poster Requirements:

  • The poster should include the following sections: 1) title and author names, 2) concept for the investigation, 3) question(s) of the observations you will make as part of your investigation, 4) explanation of methods of testing the question(s), 5) graphs or images of results, 6) description of results, and 7) description of what the results mean for your lives and for the oceans.
  • Content on the poster about your investigation can be written or visual, but must convey to the audience the scientific process.
  • All posters must be original and may not contain content that is inappropriate for general audiences.
  • Posters must comply with copyright rules and regulations. Sources of information and materials used must be properly acknowledged and credited on the poster.
  • The Polar-ICE (black or blue) and National Science Foundation (NSF) logo need to be on all posters.

Poster Format:

  • All posters should be a tri-fold.
  • Paint, pen and ink, crayon, markers, etc. are all accepted when creating the poster.

Additional Information:

Other Conditions & Assistance:

Polar-ICE and the hosting institution are not liable for any materials and services purchased to produce the poster(s). Participants assume all responsibility for damages, injuries, and cost. Polar-ICE and the hosting institution reserve the right to broadcast entries once submitted. Forms of broadcast include, but are not limited to, posts on the Polar-ICE website. By presenting a display, the participants grant all rights, title, and interest to Polar-ICE and the hosting institution in broadcasting, but still maintain ownership of the display concept. Polar-ICE and the hosting institution are not responsible for copyright errors made on the posters.