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Please review the details below, then register at the bottom of the page:

Note: If you'd like to learn about the Research Institute's Competition, please visit the RIIWT homepage.

Unification Theological Seminary President Dr. Thomas J. Ward has set March 5, 2022 as the date for the first Unification Theological Seminary Research Day. Students and Faculty alike are invited to present an Academic Poster (a visual depiction of a research project) that focuses on one of their current research projects in development.

The extent of development or progress made in research will be an important factor in assessing the quality of research and in determining the winners of the faculty and the student competition.

The following individuals are eligible for participation:

  • UTS students enrolled in the Spring 2022 semester
  • UTS full-time faculty members oradjunct faculty members who have taught a UTS course between Fall 2019 and Spring 2022.

Participants will be placed in two separate competitions: a faculty competition and a student competition. $500 USD will be awarded to the winner in each category.

Submissions must include:

1) an academic poster and 2) a recorded video presentation

1. An academic poster created digitally

a. Poster Specifications

    • Must be portrait orientation
    • Must be 24 in. W x 36 in. H (or a 2:3 aspect ratio)
    • May be submitted as a PowerPoint, PDF, PNG, JPG, or other file types, provided that you are able to screen share the poster properly during the recording of your presentation
    • If you choose to use a PowerPoint, a sample template can be downloaded here (the poster does not need to follow this exact layout, but should include all of the categories listed below)

b. Poster Contents

    • An introduction or abstract,
    • A research question or questions;
    • A description of methodologies/research used in conducting the research
    • A description of findings so far;
    • And conclusions that can be drawn from said findings
    • Major sources used in conducting research
    • Publications or planned publications resulting from research
    • Acknowledgements of colleagues who contributed to the project
    • At least one image or graphic Sample poster


2. A recorded video presentation that includes an explanation of the poster

    • Poster should be displayed/screen shared during the presentation
    • Video should not be longer than 10 minutes Sample video


Scoring Rubric:

The following rubric will be used to score posters and presentations: Scoring Rubric


  • Registration is now OPEN. Please register using the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Once you have registered, you will receive an invitation to join Canvas, a learning management platform utilized by UTS. Submissions for the Research Day competition will be collected on Canvas.
  • Submissions are due in Canvas by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 25, 2022.
  • Judges will review the submissions in Canvas and select the finalists. Finalists will be notified and have their posters and presentations displayed on the UTS website.
  • A live Zoom call will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 2-4:30 pm EST to announce the winners. All competition participants and observers are invited to attend.



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