The Institute for Rural Health Research invites you to share your work in our poster and oral presentation sessions. Authors may include their presentation preference (poster or oral). Assignments will be made by the reviewing committee.


  • Abstracts must present results of original research.
  • Limit abstracts to 2,000 characters.
  • List presenting author first.
  • Include the following subheadings: Purpose, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusions.
  • Do not include tables/figures/references. Define all abbreviations the first time they appear in the abstract.
  • Proofread abstracts carefully.


There will be a student division and a professional division. See chart below for details.

Student DivisionProfessional Division
Poster ContentResearch findings related to prevention, population health and/or rural healthResearch findings related to prevention, population health and/or rural health
Eligible PresentersGraduate/undergraduate studentsFaculty/Staff
Community Agencies
Post-doctoral Fellows
Abstract Format2000 character limit
Include: background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions, and 2-4 keywords
2000 character limit
Include background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions, and 2-4 keywords


  • Posters must be displayed on 3’ x 4’ standing trifold poster boards. The center panel is 3’ tall and 2’ wide; the two side panels are 3’ tall and 1’ wide (i.e., standard display boards used for school science projects).
  • You may purchase your own trifold poster board or request one from IRHR.
    • Requests for trifolds from IRHR must be made at least two weeks prior to the conference.
  • You must supply your own mounting materials (pushpins, tape, glue, etc.).
  • The posters will be displayed on 3’ x 6’ tables.
  • No posters will be displayed on conference room walls.


  • Posters must be set up on April 25, 7 :00-7:30am.
  • Posters must be collected at the conclusion of the conference on April 26. Posters not picked up will be discarded.
  • Posters will be displayed continuously throughout the conference.
  • A special poster viewing and judging session will be held on April 25. At least one individual representing your poster should be available to discuss your presentation at this time.


  • A list of posters and authors will be placed in the conference folders.
  • The following categories of awards will be presented:
    • Student Division: First Place, Second Place, Third Place
    • Professional Division: First Place, Second Place, Third Place
    • Community Division: First Place, Second Place, Third Place
  • Award winners will be formally recognized during the Closing Session.


If presenters will attend conference events other than the poster session, they must register and pay the $150 registration fee ($35 for students).

Early Bird registration (on or before April 1): $125 regular, $25 for students.

Presenting authors are expected to register for and attend the conference.

For more information on poster guidelines, please contact Lea G. Yerby, PhD, at or (205) 348-4693.

For event details, please contact Mandy Fowler at or (205) 348-9640.