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The 2021 Charlton Poster Competition will take place November 1, 2021, virtually, on the Gather platform.

All GSBS, Medical, Dental, and Veterinary School MS, MD, MD/PhD, DMD, and DVM students are eligible to participate in the poster competition. The research presented must be the work of the student and completed during the student’s enrollment at Tufts. The intent of this event is to give students an opportunity to exchange ideas with the Tufts and Boston scientific community, as well as develop presentation skills. The competition is divided into three groups:

  1. GSBS Junior Category: GSBS Basic Science PhD students in years 1-3, MD/PhD students in GSBS years 1-2, and GSBS MS students.
  2. GSBS Senior Category: GSBS Basic Science PhD students in years 4 and above, MD/PhD students in GSBS years 3 and above, and GSBS CTS PhD students.
  3. Professional Category: All MD, DMD, and DVM students and MD/PhD students in TUSM years 1 and 2.

In each group, there will awards for:

  • First place ($500)
  • Second place ($250)
  • Third place ($100)
  • Fourth place ($50).

Schedule of Events

Participants must submit their Entry Form and abstract via the online form by Friday, October 1 at 12 noon. 

Participants should be available at their poster from 12 – 2 pm on November 1st. Each participant will also be assigned a 15-minute time slot within that 2 hour time frame for presentation to a panel of faculty judges. 8 minutes of this 15 minute time slot should be for presenting the poster; the remaining time is for questions from the panel of faculty judges. Award winners will be announced by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 2nd.

All posters should be approximately 36”x48”. Instructions for uploading of posters to the Gather platform will be provided closer to November 1, 2021.

The following selection criteria will be used for judging the Charlton competition posters.

Research design and data analysis (25 points)

    • Is the experimental or clinical study design adequate to address the formulated questions?
    • Have appropriate controls been performed?
    • Have statistical analyses been performed appropriately and do they address possible confounding factors?

Degree of involvement in the project (25 points)

      • Was the student involved from start-to-finish in conceiving, performing, and analyzing results of the presented experiments or clinical study?
      • Did the student complete the majority of the work presented?

    Significance of the work (25 points)

      • Was the student able to convey the importance of their work in the larger framework of the field in which they are working? 

    Poster presentation (25 points)

      • Was the poster presented in a clear, logical way such that even non-specialists could relate what their question was and what was unique about their approach and/or the significance of their findings?
      • Did the student convey enthusiasm for their work?
      • Was the poster arranged in a logical format that is easy to follow?

    General instructions:

    Even non-specialists should walk away from student’s poster with an understanding of what their question was and what was unique about their approach/the significance of their findings


    If you have any questions regarding the poster competition, please reach out to Alex Israel at