Student Poster Submission

July 20 Deadline

AOPA invites students and residents to present orthotic/prosthetic research findings or a particular case study via a poster presentation.  When students and/or residents submit an abstract for a poster, they are entered to win one of two prestigious awards–The Otto and Lucille Becker Award will be presented for the best orthotic abstract submitted and the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award for the best prosthetic abstract submitted by a qualifying student or resident.

The poster must be exhibited and presented at the AOPA National Assembly for the award recipient to receive the prize.

Abstracts will not be considered for either award if they have been previously presented, published, or are currently submitted with pending decision on acceptance elsewhere.

These awards have been made possible by a special endowment by Becker Orthopedic and WillowWood.

The Award Winner’s associated school will also be honored with an award.

Poster Presentation Logistics

  1. Posters will be displayed in the exhibit hall.  You must attach your pre-printed (70cm wide x 100cm tall) poster to the designated poster board by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.  Push pins will be provided for this purpose.  Look for the board with your presentation title across the top.
  2. Each presenter is responsible for putting up and removing his/her own poster material. Please note that the National Assembly organizers cannot be responsible for these materials, and any posters not removed by 12:30 PM on Sunday, September 11 will be discarded.
  3. When creating your physical poster display, you may wish to refer to the guidelines below for assistance. offers a free and easy to use template that many have utilized in prior years.  You can also print and ship by utilizing this site.
  4. The National Assembly will utilize the (A1) 70cm wide x 100cm tall scientific poster presentation size.


Avoid Common Mistakes

  • Don’t include too much information
  • Don’t use a font smaller than 11 point
  • Make sure your scientific message is legible and clearly stated.
  • Please remember that by submitting a poster abstract, you are agreeing to be present during the poster session to share your finding and interact with attendees.

Poster Content
The poster display should focus on the following topics/content:

  • Title
  • Introduction or background – Your introduction or background information should contain 3-5 short sentences outlining information necessary to understand the study and by it was done.
  • Hypothesis , Objective or Aim – The aims of the study, the questions to be asked or the hypothesis to be tested should be clearly stated in as few words as possible.
  • Methods – Outline your methods briefly.  Provide details only for new methods or important modifications of older ones.
  • Conclusion, Results or Outcomes – The conclusion(s) should be succinctly stated in large type.  Many viewers read this first, so it should be easy to understand.
  • References – Pertinent references should only be considered for the abstract and may be presented in a smaller font.
  • Acknowledgements or Contact – Acknowledgements should be limited to granting agencies for the abstract.

Poster Design
The design of an effective poster is a demonstration of your ability to communicate your research results.  A good poster requires considerable forethought and attention to detail.

  • Avoid putting too much material on the poster.
  • The poster title and headings should have letters that are large enough to be read at a distance.
  • Mounting sections on colored paper may improve the graphic impact of your presentation.  Avoid color combinations that are difficult to read.
  • offers a free and easy to use template that many have utilized in prior years.  You can also print your poster at a very economical cost at this site. (Approximately $55 for the professional version.)
(Modern – Windows and Mac PowerPoint)DOWNLOAD 70cm x 100cm POSTER TEMPLATE-2013(Classic – Windows and Mac PowerPoint)DOWNLOAD 70cm x 100cm POSTER TEMPLATE 2003 70cm Wide x 100cm Tall
PowerPoint Poster Template
This free PowerPoint template is designed for a standard metric 70 cm by 100 cm scientific poster presentation for international poster sessions.This scientific poster template can be printed at the following sizes:
70 cm x100 cm (Standard 27.5×39.37 inches)
100×143 cmThis PowerPoint poster template is for a small size poster poster presentation commonly used at international conferences.

Contact AOPA Headquarters at (571) 431-0876 or with questions about the submission process or the National Assembly in general.