Scoring Criteria

Criteria

This year, there will be one panel of judges for each abstract category. Each panel will review all abstracts and poster files before Research and Education Week begins. For the highest scored posters, judges can elect to visit the author during poster presentations to further discuss the project.

The following criteria is used by the judges:
The Research and Education Week scoring system is adapted from the NIH Scoring System and Procedure and uses a 9-point scale for all review criteria and overall impact scores, where a score of 1 is exceptional and a score of 9 is poor (no decimal ratings). A score of 5 is considered average.

Judges are asked to evaluate each project based on the criterion below and assign a score based on the 9-point scale:
  • Significance: Does the project address an important problem or critical barrier to progress within the field?
  • Innovation: Does the project challenge and seek to shift current research, education or clinical practice paradigms by using novel concepts, approaches or methods?
  • Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project?
  • Visual Presentation (Of poster only): What is the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
  • Overall Impact: What is the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
Winners will not be revealed until the Awards Ceremony.

Please note that only the first author of an abstract is eligible for any award given to the poster.

Awards



Abstracts are judged based on the category and career level of the first author.

There are five categories:
  • Basic and Translational Science
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Based Research
  • Education, Training and Program Development
  • Quality and Performance Improvement
Within each category, there are five winners based on the career levels:

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Post-docs/Fellows/Residents
  • Graduate Students
  • High School/Undergraduate Students
Abstract Submission