SPARK Poster Symposium

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Student poster presenters at the WiSys SPARK Symposium will gain valuable statewide exposure for their research. The symposium is attended by more than 200 UW System faculty, administrators, business leaders and community members.

Beyond the opportunity to network and collaborate with the brightest minds in the Badger State, student presenters will also compete for multiple cash prizes and the chance to list award-winning research on their resumes.

Tips for presenting your poster

  1. Bring your printed poster with you to SPARK the morning of July 27. Posters can be a maximum of 42 x 46 inches.
  2. Poster and Innovation Showcase presenters can arrive at 7:30 a.m. for poster and showcase set up. Presenters may set up throughout the day if it is before the 3 p.m. poster and innovation session. Please ask one of the WiSys team members (wearing a green “staff” ribbon) if you need assistance. Please leave your poster up for the entirety of the conference.
  3. Read the poster judging rubric. Student presenters will be eligible for one of three cash prizes, as well as the Robert R. Wise award for the poster demonstrating the most commercial relevance.

Click here for more information on poster submission guidelines and judging criteria.

SPARK Innovation Showcase

This special session is meant to showcase innovative, hands-on projects in any academic discipline. Students are invited to display their projects among their statewide colleagues in parallel with the Poster Symposium. Just as innovation can take on many forms, students' final, tangible products may be very diverse. Presenters are welcome to demonstrate their project using any of the following formats:

  • Prototype
  • Computer Display
  • Application Storyboard

This list is not exhaustive. Please list any special space requirements on your project submission. WiSys can provide tables and power sources, but students will be responsible for providing their own computers, screens and displays.

Tips for presenting your innovation

  1. Bring your complete project with you to the symposium the morning of July 27, 2020. WiSys will provide tables and power outlets, but students are responsible for bringing anything else they will need to present their project.
  2. Poster and Innovation Showcase presenters can arrive at 7:30am for poster and showcase set up. Presenters may set up throughout the day if it is before the 3:00 pm poster and innovation session. Please ask one of the WiSys team members (wearing a green “staff” ribbon) if you need assistance. Please leave your project set up for the entirety of the conference, if possible.
  3. Read the Innovation Showcase judging rubric. Student presenters will be eligible for one of two cash prizes, as well as the Robert R. Wise award for the project demonstrating the most commercial relevance.