The HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA) 2022

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The call for the HECA Research Student Awards (HSRA) is now open.

Students at HECA member higher education institutions  are invited to submit digital posters that relate directly to their research study.

The posters will be assessed by a panel of research experts, and the academic posters will be displayed on the HECA website in November and the winners will be announced at the HECA Research Conference in November 2022 (final date to be confirmed).

Deadline: 30th of September 2022.

To submit your poster, click here

What is the purpose of the HECA Student Research Awards?

  • The HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA) is an opportunity for students to showcase their research to a wider academic community.
  • The aim is to promote the research studies that are currently being undertaken in our colleges, and to support and encourage further study in these areas.
  • A panel of research experts from a number of academic institutions will assess the posters and decide on a winner.
  • The best static / dynamic e-poster entries will be awarded the 2022 HSRA Prize.
  • The winner and runners-up will be announced at the HECA Research event in November 2022 and will also be announced on the HECA website.

How do I participate in the HECA Student Research Awards?

Design a concise visual representation of your scholarly research.

  • Your research can be presented as an e-poster in PDF, PowerPoint, or a multimedia format of your choice and can consist of a:
    • Static poster (one slide)
    • Dynamic poster (students can decide on their media but are limited to two slides with 10 hyperlinks).
  • Contact your college supervisor, lecturer, or programme director if you need any digital assistance, or academic support, with this project.
  • Poster submissions to the HECA website will be accepted from the 30th of June – 30 September 2022 via a submission form.

How do I submit my poster to the HECA website?

  • All entries need to be submitted by Friday 30th of September 2022.
  • Entries should be made through the online submission which opens on Thursday June 30th, 2022.

What are the characteristics of a good poster? 

  • Begin by summarizing the central message of your poster in one or two sentences.
  • Headings should be used to guide your viewer to important features in your research.
  • The language used should be clear and concise.
  • Use only two types of fonts. Font types like Arial or Verdana are used extensively in posters.
  • Use bullets and numbering lists to identify important points.
  • Use images in a manner that respects copyright provisions.
  • Use graphics that are self-explanatory and appealing.
  • References and works cited can be displayed in smaller text, but not so small as to require the viewer to focus closely to read them.
  • Proofread the poster for spelling, grammar, readability, etc. Ask friends and family for feedback on your poster.
  • A template for a static research e-poster is available to download here but applicants do not have to follow this template and can be as creative as they like.
  • Further information on research posters is available at the following



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