Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length and should summarize the topic and findings of the paper or poster to be presented. An abstract is required for both paper and poster submissions. Abstracts will be used to organize the oral presentations into general sessions with common topics or themes. Abstracts will be printed in the symposium program.
Posters should be designed as stand-alone presentations. The recommended poster size is 36”X48” (landscape or portrait). This size is required if you choose to have the CERS Committee print the poster for you. Additionally, the UPAC logo must be put on all posters that are printed by the CERS Committee. These posters are available for the authors to keep after the day of CERS. If you choose to print your poster at your own expense, it should not be larger than 45”X45” or smaller than 24”X36” (portrait or landscape). By participating, you agree to allow the College of Engineering to post their names online as a competition winner without further compensation. Except where prohibited, all those who participate agree to allow CERS to use their images for advertising or publicity purposes without further compensation.
Please note that submitted papers are to be presented to a general scientific audience during CERS as an oral presentation. 

Papers should be written for a broad engineering and science audience. Papers submitted to CERS should be less technical in language as compared to those submitted to scientific journals. Papers submitted to CERS must be original, non-peer reviewed works that have not been submitted previously to journals. Up to three papers can be submitted, but only one may be considered for a prize. A paper must be at least 4 pages long in order to qualify for award consideration, and it must be no longer than 6 pages (references are not included in the 6-page limit). Papers must conform to the IEEE paper format. The information presented must conform to disclosure requirements as stated on the faculty information page.


Penn State undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline may be authors on CERS papers or posters; the only requirement is that the research must have been done at Penn State, and must be suitable for a general audience in engineering and science. Students must be listed as the first author, with a maximum of five student authors for any single submission. Faculty advisers may be co-authors or acknowledged in the paper and presentation and/or poster. However, the student must be the first author. This is a change from previous years, and for more information, please refer to the faculty information page.
Art In Science

Submission Deadline:  Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Visualization methods provide an important tool in engineering for the analysis and presentation of scientific work. Images can often convey information in a way that tables of data or equations cannot match. As a special feature of the CERS 2019, we are continuing the “Art in Science” competition. The competition is open to engineering graduate and undergraduate students of the Pennsylvania State University. 

Competition Rules:

  1. Submissions are limited to one image per contestant.
  2. Images may be obtained by any material imaging technique. They can also be the result of modeling and simulation, visualization of data, or can be obtained by combining multiple images into one artistic image. Because the focus is on art, images may be edited or enhanced to express creativity and visual impact but must maintain scientific integrity.
  3. Judging: the session chairs and judges will independently determine the winners. Each entry is eligible for only one prize.
  4. Image format guideline:
  • All images are to be submitted online as a high-resolution .pdf file of at least 300 dpi (10 MB maximum sizes) on or before 11:59 p.m. (EST), March 19. Please include the submitter’s full name in the title of the .pdf file.
  • All submitted images must include a short description of the technique used, the object that was imaged and any special conditions. In addition, the submitter’s name, major, degree and e-mail address must be given. 
  • All images will be submitted electronically. No photographic hard copy prints will be accepted.

Rights:  By participating, winners agree to allow the College of Engineering to post their names online as a competition winner without further compensation. Except where prohibited, by accepting awards the winners agree to the public use of their names, email addresses and images for advertising or publicity purposes without further compensation.

Art In Science

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019

Important Dates

November 14, 2018: Call for Abstracts

December 14, 2018: Abstract Submission

February 08, 2019: Paper Submission

March 06, 2019: Poster Submission

March 19, 2019: Art in Science Submission

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