School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Poster Showcase

The School Nutrition Association is providing a late-breaking deadline to submit poster proposals for the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase that will take place during SNA's 2020 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Nashville, Tenn.

There are two types of posters presented at the ANC:

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

Complete the online form below to submit your abstract. The deadline for all abstracts is March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm EST.

ANC 2020 Research and Best Practices Poster Submission Form

The Showcase is the place to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. Discover interesting ideas, techniques and tactics being applied in school and districts nationwide. Learn about the cutting edge of school nutrition research. Meet the authors, network with other researchers and thought leaders in the field on Tuesday, July 14 from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, when the authors will give a guided tour to the posters and answer questions. If you can’t make it for the guided tour or on Tuesday, the posters will be on display from 11 AM to 4 PM on Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14.

Poster Awards

Awards will be given to one poster from each of the above categories. Poster displays will be judged by members of the Nutrition & Research Committee at the conference. All posters and authors will be listed in the ANC Program Guide.

Guidelines for Acceptance of Poster Proposals:

Poster Review Process  

Research and Best Practices poster proposals that are received by March 31, 2020 for the 2020 School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase will be reviewed by the SNA College Section Chair and Nutrition 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 at 11 AM on Monday, July 13, 2020. Accepted authors will be contacted with details about when and how to hang their posters.
  2. A poster author must be at the poster display from 2:15 – 3:15 pm on Tuesday, July 14 to participate in the walking tour and answer questions participants may have about their poster.
  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.

More Information

For additional information or questions about the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, please contact Donovan Lessard, Research Manager, at

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