First Biannual Student Research Invitational


A Juried Student Poster Exhibition

March 20 - May 11, 2018

Call for Proposals

  • Have you conducted original research while attending NIU?
  • Does it address real world problems and issues?
The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning an exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that intersect and support the museum’s mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Unlike a standard academic poster, students are encouraged to create posters that visually emphasize research impact with photos, images and infographics, with no more than 50% text.

Who is eligible?

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate who has conducted research as an NIU student.

  1. MUST be original student research conducted in past 2 years; work may be done under a faculty advisor but student must be primary investigator
  2. Open to NIU junior or senior current graduate or undergraduate students at NIU
  3. Must address one or more of the themes of the exhibition


Student research must relate to one of these four themes. Students must select one of these themes on the Proposal Submission Form.

  1. Social and/or Environmental Justice
  2. Climate Change
  3. Human and Cultural Diversity and Adaptation
  4. Local Engagement or Impact (local is defined as northern Illinois or 100-mile radius of NIU)


  1. Submit proposal and related items through the Proposal Submission Form. See below for instructions.
    • To apply, fill out a Proposal Submission Form and upload the following items:
    • Word document with a 2 page proposal for poster. Poster Title, Student Name, Department, and year should be clearly noted in document header on every page.
    • Word document with 2-3 photos and graphics that illustrate visual impact.
    • Word document with photo and/or description of 1-3 objects student is willing to loan to Museum for pop-up exhibit with the selected theme.
  2. letter of support from your Faculty Advisor should be submitted from your research advisor directly to the Pick Museum Director, Jennifer Kirker at
  3. Pop-up Exhibit. The exhibition will be organized around the four themes. In addition to a poster, participating students will also loan objects to a pop-up exhibit to demonstrate an aspect of the theme. This informal exhibit style invites visitors to contribute objects and results in a community-curated, short-term exhibit. Students will be asked to loan 1- 3 objects that relate to the theme. Descriptive 20-50 word label will be written for these objects. These objects do not necessarily have to relate to an individual poster as long as they relate to an exhibit theme. The objects and labels will be placed on a table for visitors to look at; and visitors can add their own objects and labels. In the month of April 2018, the Museum will feature one pop-up exhibit theme each week with a special 2 hour event. Students with posters and objects in that theme are required to participate.

Application deadline: December 1, 2017

All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Board as well as by museum staff

*ONLY THE TOP APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED! SPACE IS LIMITED! The Pick Museum Student Advocacy Board will make their selections fairly and consistently, following a rubric of judging criteria. All applicants will be notified by January 31, 2018 whether they have been selected or not.

AWARDS AND CASH PRIZES FOR WINNING POSTERS! The Pick Museum Student Advocacy Board will determine the winners for first, second and third place as well as additional prizes. Winners will be announced at the Exhibit Opening Reception on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Important dates

Application deadline
December 1, 2017

January 31, 2018

Exhibit Materials Due to Museum for Installation
March 6, 2018

Exhibit Opening
March 20, 2018

Exhibit Cloese
May 11, 2018

Submission Form

Poster Guidelines

Horizontal Poster Template

Vertical Poster Template

Pop-up Exhibit Guidelines

Judging Criteria

Contact Us

James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick
Museum of Anthropology
Cole Hall 114


The Museum will be closed for the summer beginning May 12, 2018 and will re-open in the fall 2018. 


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