Student Abstract and Poster Guidelines

MERCURY Conference poster sessions are an opportunity for undergraduate students to present and discuss their work. Students must submit abstracts by July 7, 2017. Abstracts will be published in a booklet that will be available to all conference attendants.

Abstract Guidelines

Students presenting posters need to submit abstracts following these guidelines.

Electronic format

All abstracts should be submitted in PDF or MS Word format.


All abstracts must be no larger than one 8.5 X 11 inch page.


Please center title, authors and affiliation. The presenting author must be underlined.


Figures and graphs must be imbedded in the document.

File name

File name should have a format of Lastname_Firstname.pdf.


Abstracts should be attached and submitted via email to with the subject "Abstract". Also, be sure the file being attached has the form Lastname_Firstname.pdf.


You should get a confirmation email stating that your abstract has been received. If not, please try sending it again.

Submission deadline:

The deadline is July 7, 2017 due to the time needed to print a conference booklet containing all the abstracts. Abstracts may be submitted after the deadline, but they may not be included in the conference booklet.

Promotional Oral Talk Guidelines

Students presenting posters will give a brief oral presentation of their work during Session III (afternoon of July 21, 2017)


The presentation should be about 1-2 minutes long and should give an overview of your poster/research.

Presentation Material

During your talk, your abstract from the conference booklet will be projected on a screen. However, you may use a different one page (8.5" x 11") graphical abstract instead.

Graphical Abstract

If you choose to use a graphical abstract, please send it in a reasonable format (DOC, PDF, PPT) to with a subject line "graphical abstract" by 11:59PM on July 18, 2017. You can see samples of a graphical abstract here: Sample 1

Poster Guidelines

The posters may be no larger than 3' x 4' or 4 x 3'. We will provide poster stand on which you can lay the posters.

To get a better sense how the posters look, please look at pictures from previous years.

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2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007 2006
2005 2004 2003 2002