Dean's Day Frequently Asked Questions

Does my poster title have to match my abstract title?

No, but alert of any title changes. 

What types of poster printing is acceptable for Dean's Day?

Both full-scale posters, (any size smaller than 40”x60”) and full-sized color printed PowerPoint slides are acceptable for the poster sessions. For further details on the types and cost of poster printing in the area please see poster printing info.

Does my poster title have to match my abstract title?

No, but presentation titles are printed in the event program, so alert of any title changes.

Can I get GR credit while presenting?

You do not get GR credit for presenting a poster. You can get GR credit for attending a different session and completing peer reviews. You must stand next to your poster for the duration of your presentation session, so you can’t do peer reviews in the same session in which you are presenting.

Can I choose the poster session in which I will present?

When you complete the abstract submission form, you will be asked to rank each session to indicate your most preferred. We almost always get people into their first or second choice.

If your schedule changes after you’ve completed the submission form but before assignments have been confirmed, contact immediately.

How should I format my poster? Should I include the Pitt seal or the Pitt Public Health mark?

You can format your poster however you like, keeping in mind these good poster preparation guidelines. Pitt Public Health templates are also available there.  

What size should my poster be?

Your poster must fit on a foam board 60 inches wide and 40 inches tall so we recommend a maximum size of just below those dimensions. You can have your poster professionally printed or use individual PowerPoint slides.

Can a group submit an abstract and present a poster together?

Yes. The abstract submission form has space where this can be noted, as well as the names of students who should also receive recognition. 

Can I submit more than one abstract?

Yes. You must present each poster in a separate session.

If submissions far exceed expectations, there is a small chance that we may have to limit presentations to one per student. In previous years, students have been able to present more than one poster.

Will my abstract be reprinted?

Only your presentation title will be printed in the program and included on the Dean’s Day Web page. See "Does my poster title have to match my by abstract title?" for information on changing your presentation title.

Can I revise my abstract after it's been submitted but before the deadline?

Contact to inquire about updating your abstract after the deadline.

Can I submit an abstract based on work that I've already published or presented at a conference?


Can I submit an abstract based on work I'm completing outside of Pitt Public Health, i.e. via my job or internship?

Yes. You can still submit your abstract and compete in Dean's Day. You must abide by all stipulations from the work or internship/ practicum site for submitting and presenting your work in an environment outside of that site. 

If you have completed an internship/ practicum at Allegheny County Health Department, please note that you must alert your site supervisor at ACHD within their stipulated time frame to be able to complete in Dean's Day. 

Questions or concerns can be addressed to

Can I include tables or graphics in my abstract?

Tables aren’t typically part of an abstract, although there aren’t any guidelines to the format of the Dean’s Day abstracts. The submission form is not set up to properly preserve formatting of tables. If you must include a table or graphic, you can send it to and request that it be included with your abstract. Or, just skip the table or graphic and stick to a text-only abstract.

Tips on Writing an Abstract

How long does my abstract need to be?

There is no word/character or formatting requirements and abstracts aren’t judged or reprinted as part of the program, although some judges will chose to review them before the poster sessions. See Tips on Writing an Abstract for more information.

Who is eligible to participate in Dean’s Day?

All currently registered Pitt Public Health students can submit an abstract and participate during the Dean’s Day poster sessions. Everyone that submits an abstract will present a poster, but you must submit an abstract (by the deadline) in order to participate.

If postdocs, undergraduates working with Pitt Public Health faculty, and recent graduates want to hone their presentation skills, they can submit abstracts to present during Dean’s Day.