2014 School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase

SNA is now accepting school nutrition best practices and research abstracts for the 24th Annual School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, which will take place during SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston, July 14-15, 2014. The School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase will feature two types of posters:


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.

How To Submit a Best Practice Poster:

If you have a best practice that you would like to share at ANC, following these easy steps:

  1. Submit Your Best Practices Poster Abstract
    Complete the online submission form to submit your best practices abstract by March 24, 2014 - DEADLINE EXPIRED
    Best Practices Poster Abstract Submission Form

  2. Receive Your Poster Acceptance
    Submitted best practices poster abstracts will be peer-reviewed by SNA’s College Section and Research Committee members. In April, you will be notified whether your best practices poster has been accepted for the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase.

  3. Create Your Poster
    Once you receive your acceptance, you can start preparing your poster for ANC. See the “Guidelines for Poster Displays” section below for more information about the poster displays, as well as see pictures of posters from previous years.
    View Best Practice Poster examples here

How To Submit a Research Poster:

If you have conducted research related to school nutrition that you would like to share at ANC, following these easy steps:

  1. Submit Your Research Poster Abstract
    Complete the online submission form to submit your research poster abstract by March 24, 2014 - DEADLINE EXPIRED
    Research Poster Abstract Submission Form

  2. Receive Your Poster Acceptance
    Submitted research poster abstracts will be peer-reviewed by SNA’s College Section and Research Committee members. In April, you will be notified whether your research poster has been accepted for the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase.

  3. Create Your Poster
    Once you receive your acceptance, you can start preparing your poster for ANC. See the “Guidelines for Poster Displays” section below for more information about the poster displays, as well as pictures of posters from previous years.
    View Research Poster examples 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.

Guidelines for Acceptance of Poster Proposals:

This call for poster proposals is open to anyone interested in submitting a poster for presentation during the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase at SNA’s 2014 Annual National Conference (ANC). The purpose of the Showcase is to raise awareness among those interested in Child Nutrition Programs about new innovations or knowledge in services and practices; the Showcase is not intended as a marketing arena.

Poster Submissions
Poster proposals should be submitted in one of two categories:

  • School Nutrition Best Practices - innovative methods, programs, policies, trainings or projects that improve or advance school foodservice operations
  • Research - findings or evaluation of a study, project or new program that contribute to knowledge and ideas in school nutrition

All poster proposals should be completed using the online submission form with all sections completed.


Best Practices Poster Proposal Form Information:

  • Title of Poster
  • Description of Best Practice - Briefly describe the successful practice (maximum 300 words).
  • Impact of Best Practice - Briefly describe the impact that the best practice had on the school nutrition program and/or environment (maximum of 100 words).

Research Poster Proposal Form Information:

  • Title of Poster
  • Objectives - Describe the purpose and objectives of the research.
  • Methods - Describe the sample, research design, data collections and data analysis.
  • Results - Present the major results of the study or key areas of investigation.
  • Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals - Provide applications of the results for the field.

Poster Review Process
Best Practices and Research poster proposals 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 Fall issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.

Author contact information may be made public if 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 14, 2014.
  2. A poster author must be at the poster display from 12:00-2:00 pm on July 14, 2014 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 14, 2014 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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