Student Poster Presentation Proposals

Call for Student Poster Presentation Proposals

Hosted by Tiffin University, the 8th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS 2017) will bring together local, state and federal authorities, academics, and industry experts to discuss the threats and challenges to maritime cyber security and the marine transportation system.

MRS 2017 will include a judged student poster presentation session on the evening of November 13. An award will be given to the best undergraduate and graduate student poster. MRS 2017 welcomes poster proposals from all students (individual or team submissions) regardless of university.

Interested students (individual or team) must submit a 300-word poster proposal (abstract) by October 13. All student proposals must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a faculty member. Students will be notified by October 20 if their poster has been accepted for inclusion in MRS 2017.


Cyber Security Compass

Who: Undergraduate and graduate students regardless of university

Due Date for Proposal: October 13

Notification Date: October 20

Poster: Self standing tri-fold poster

Submission Address:



Student Poster Session Guidelines

  • Students will follow the link to Easy Chair contained in the “Submit Your Presentation Now” button. Students must create an account and then submit their abstract.
  • Posters should be 4’ wide by 3’ high with a tri-fold cardboard poster backing, which must be used, so that they can be displayed at the Maritime Risk Symposium 2017.
  • Posters can be created either by hand or in software programs such as PowerPoint or Presentation, which can then be printed. Remember to mount the poster on the provided tri-fold display board.
  • The title of the poster, the name (or names) of the student(s) and faculty mentor(s) should appear at the top of the poster. The title should be a minimum of 2 inches high (144-point) and student name should be a minimum of 1 inch high (72-point). The main text of the poster should be legible from a minimum distance of 3 feet using a minimum of 18-point font.
  • Headings are a useful tool to delineate sections. Headings should be in 36-point font.
  • The poster should visually explain the relevance and/or importance of your research and should aim to catch the interest of your viewers quickly and effectively.
  • The presented text should be clear and concise, explaining the purpose of the project, the research conducted, and the results and conclusions.
  • Text should be kept to a minimum with most of the information being presented by means of graphics and/or visual images. Visuals include tables, charts, figures, drawings, and/or photographs. All visuals should be labeled with a caption that explains/interprets the content of the graphic.
  • The flow of the poster’s content should be clear. Information in one section should logically integrate with other sections. Information should be arranged in one of two ways: 1) in a manner that parallels reading, visually flowing from top to bottom and from left to right, or 2) in a centralized visual diagram, with your topic at the center of the board surrounded by four to six radiating fields offering information and interpretation.
  • Background colors or images should complement, and not distract from the poster’s topic, text, and graphics. Keep in mind what you are trying to convey with the poster.
  • The poster should be free of spelling and grammatical errors.


Abstract Reviewers & Judges

Chair: Dr. David Nicol, University of Illinois (Champaign – Urbana)

Abstract Review:

  • Dr. Jackie Earle, United States Coast Guard Dr. Kelli Frakes, American Military University
  • Dr. Rick Luettich, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  • Dr. Brian Simpkins, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Dr. Mark Heckman, University of San Diego
  • Dr. Ali Yurekli, Tiffin University
  • Dean Kevin Cashen, Tiffin University
  • CDR Mike Plumley, United States Coast Guard Academy


  • Dr. Fred Roberts, Rutgers
  • Dr. Rick Luettich, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  • Dr. Gabe Weaver, University of Illinois (Champaign – Urbana)
  • Captain Drew Tucci, United States Coast Guard
  • Captain Paul Tortora, United States Naval Academy
  • RADM Mike Parks, United States Coast Guard (Ret)
  • Prof Rick Paxton, Campbell University
  • Dr. Jack McCready, University of San Diego
  • Mr. Roland Varriale, Argonne National Lab
  • Dr. Evi Dube, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • CDR Mike DeWalt, United States Navy