MNRS Annual Student Poster Competition

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) has an annual student poster competition that is open to University of Minnesota School of Nursing students (BSN Seniors, MN, DNP and PhD). Up to twelve student finalists will be selected to represent the University of Minnesota School of Nursing at the poster competition.  Their names are forwarded to MNRS by the Associate Dean for Research.  The finalists receive recognition for their achievement along with financial support to cover some of the costs associated with participating in the conference (i.e., registration, MNRS membership, etc.)  Note that while this is a poster competition, a strong abstract is key*.

The MNRS poster competition is a three-stage process:

STAGE 1: Selection 

A call for abstracts is distributed to all School of Nursing students in early September.  Abstracts submitted to the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship (ONRS) by midnight on Sunday, October 9 will be reviewed by a School of Nursing Research subcommittee.  Up to 12 UMN Nursing student abstracts will be selected to participate in the Student Poster competition at the MNRS Annual Research Conference—i.e., up to three from each educational program: BSN, MN, DNP, and PhD.  Those names will be forwarded to MNRS by the Associate Dean for Research.  Students do not apply directly to MNRS.  

==> Link to submit an abstract <==  The 2023 submission deadline is midnight on Sunday, October 9Abstract guidance from MNRS can be found here.  Note that you may submit an in-progress abstract (i.e., without results/conclusion) for the initial review and selection.  However, if you are selected as a finalist, your poster presented at the MNRS conference must include results/conclusions.

STAGE 2: Abstract submission to MNRS   

The 12 selected UMN student finalists upload their abstracts to the MNRS portal by November 10.

STAGE 3: Poster presentation at MNRS

The selected student finalists have approximately four months to prepare their posters using the poster template provided by ONRS.  Finalized posters are due to ONRS for printing in early March.  UMN student finalists will then present their posters at the MNRS Annual Research Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on March 29-April 1.  Finalists are also expected to present their poster at the UMN Nursing Research Day (April 14, 2023).

*The MNRS student poster judging is a two-step process.  Abstracts submitted to MNRS are reviewed and scored before the conference (Step 1).  Judges only review the posters for the abstracts ranked in the top 10 for each degree category at the MNRS Annual Research Conference (Step 2).  Your abstract is key.

MNRS conference tip sheet
MNRS Annual Student Poster Competition (background)


UMN student at her MNRS poster