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Charlton Poster Award

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The Charlton Poster Awards are presented based on performance at the Charlton Poster Competition, an annual event that occurs in the fall of each year in conjunction with the Charlton Lectureship. This lectureship brings distinguished biomedical scientists to our campus to present their research.

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 to develop presentation skills. Students with similar levels of training are evaluated with their peers. Participants are typically divided into three groups:

  • GSBS Junior Category: GSBS PhD students in years 1-3, MD/PhD students in GSBS years 1-2, and GSBS MS students
  • GSBS Senior Category: GSBS biomedical PhD students in years 4 and above, MD/PhD students in GSBS years 4 and above, and GSBS CTS PhD students
  • Professional Category: All Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine students and MD/PhD students in TUSM years 1 and 2.  

If there are a small number of participants in a particular category, the selection committee may combine categories.

Award Amount

In each group listed above, there will be a combination of first place ($500), second place ($250), third place ($100), and fourth place ($50) winners.


GSBS, Medical, MD/PhD, Dental, and Veterinary 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.

Application Process

Students initiate the process by submitting an abstract to the poster competition. Participants submit their abstracts to the GSBS Dean's Office by the published deadline. Students prepare a poster describing the background and scientific findings related to their research.

Deadline for Abstract Submission

The Charlton Poster competition was suspended because of the pandemic. More information about the next competition will be forthcoming.

Please submit by emailing your abstract to the GSBS Office.

Poster Judging

Students are assigned a 15-minute poster presentation time slot. Students should plan to spend 8 minutes of this time presenting the poster; the remaining time is for questions from a panel of faculty from the participating schools who serve as judges. Finalists are selected to present their posters again the next day to the judging committee, with the Charlton speaker. Award winners are announced at the Charlton Lecture.

Round One Judging will occur on the day before the Charlton lecture; finalists will be judged on the day of the lecture.

Poster Size

Posters should be approximately 36"x48". Poster boards 36"x60" and pushpins are provided to student participants on the day of presentation.

Selection Criteria

  • Research Design and Data Analysis (25 points):
    • Is the experimental design or clinical study design adequate to address the formulated hypothesis?
    • 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 in the process from start to finish, i.e. conceiving, performing, and analyzing results of the presented experiments or clinical study?
    • Have most of the presented results been obtained as a result of the student’s research?
  • Significance of the work (25 points):
    • Is the student aware of and able to convey the significance of their work in the larger framework of the field in which s/he is working?
  • Poster Presentation (25 points):
    • Is the student able to present the background, results, and conclusions of the poster in a way that is logical, that is understandable to scientists with minimal background in the area?
    • Did the student convey enthusiasm for the work?
    • Was the poster arranged in a logical format that is easy to follow?

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