2016 School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase

The 26th Annual School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase will take place during SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, July 11-12, 2016. The School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase will feature two types of posters:

  • Best Practice Posters: These posters focus on best practices that school districts have recently implemented related to child nutrition. To submit a Best Practice Poster proposal, click here.
  • School Nutrition Research Posters: These posters share findings from recent research on child and school nutrition. To submit a School Nutrition Research Poster proposal, click here.

Poster Proposal should be submitted by March 18, 2016.

Awards will be given to one poster from each of the above categories. All posters and authors will be listed in the ANC program guide.

To take a look at some of the posters featured in the 2015 School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase, click here.

Graduate students or faculty members participating in the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase are eligible to apply for the Kathleen Stitt Award. This scholarship is used to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend ANC.

Please note that the timeline for submitting poster proposals will change for the 2017 Showcase. The call for posters will be aligned with the call for ANC session proposals to allow for better promotion and incorporation of the posters with other ANC education offerings. The call for the 2017 Showcase posters will go out in August 2016, not January 2017.

Guidelines for Acceptance of Poster Proposals:

Poster Review Process

Research and Best Practices poster proposals that are received by March 18, 2016 for the 2016 School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase will be reviewed by the SNA College Section and Research Committee before being accepted.

Accepted posters will be presented at the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase at ANC. Each poster must have at least one author at the conference.

The abstracts from accepted research posters will be published in the The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.

Author contact information may be made public if an abstract is chosen for publication on SNA's website.

Guidelines for Poster Displays:

Poster presentations provide for informal visual and verbal exchanges between the poster author and ANC attendees.

  1. Poster displays must be set up prior to the start of the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase on Monday, July 11, 2016.
  2. A poster author must be at the poster display from 12:00-2:00 pm on July 11, 2016 to answer questions and share information with conference attendees.
  3. Each poster will have a corkboard approximately 4ft. [height] by 8ft. [width] on which to mount a poster presentation. Note that the posters do not need to take up the whole 4 ft. by 8 ft. space. Each poster presenter is responsible for their own supplies, including thumbtacks. Do not write, paint or make marks on the corkboard.
  4. Posters should include the title, authors’ names and affiliation, as well as information about the best practice or research study (as outlined in the submitted poster proposal).
  5. All illustrations, graphs, etc. should be finished prior to your presentation. Visual aids should be legible from a distance of at least 3 feet.
  6. Graphics should be simple, colorful, well labeled and legible.
  7. No special equipment—such as an audiovisual projector—is permitted. The entire presentation must be attached to the cork board.
  8. Extra copies of the success story or research findings can be made available for distribution.
  9. Poster authors can also submit an electronic version of their poster to SNA to be posted on the conference website.

Poster Awards

Awards will be presented based on the two categories: 1) research and 2) best practices in school nutrition. Poster displays will be judged on July 11, 2016 at the conference.

For additional information or questions about the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, please contact the SNA Service Center.

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