Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum

The Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry (FoCI) event is Clemson’s university-wide poster forum which showcases undergraduate research, service-learning and other engaged learning experiences through the CI program. Teams of students and mentors present their work during this event to the Clemson community and guests.

FoCI presentations are targeted for a general audience, allowing presenters the opportunity to communicate their work outside of their disciplinary terminology. This is different than a disciplinary conference. We ask that each CI Project submit one poster that generally presents the overall work of the project. If a team wants to submit a more specific poster or more than one poster to present different works within the project, they are asked to submit additional posters in the CSRF session.

The 18th Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry poster forum is April 5-7, 2023 in the Watt Center.
Call for Abstracts will open November 9, 2022 – March 2, 2023.

The 17th Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry
When: April 6-8, 2022
Where: Watt Center Atrium
Who: All CI projects (additional student presentations will be presented in the concurrent CSRF sessions)

  • Presenter Information
    Poster requirements:
    • Poster dimensions must be 48" x 36". Preferred orientation for posters is horizontal.
    • Easels, posterboards and clips will be provided.

    Interactive digital presentation requirements:
    • In order to use the digital displays for your poster, you must have interactive content, videos, or motion graphics.
    • Creative Inquiry will provide web space and templates for your poster display. You may also supply your own digital content.
    • We will NOT display static images or PDFs on digital displays.
    • Digital poster presenters are required to participate in a test run of their presentations on the Watt screens two weeks prior to FoCI.

    Presenter responsibilities:
    • Print your poster (48" x 36", horizontal or vertical format).
    • Bring your poster to the Watt Center on the day you are scheduled to present
      • If you are in the AM session, arrive before 9:30 a.m. and neatly clip your poster to the assigned posterboard
      • If you are in the PM session, arrive before 12:30 p.m. and neatly clip your poster to the assigned posterboard.
    • Stand with your poster during your assigned session.
    • Should you be chosen, one member of your team must be available at the Plenary Session to receive your award.
  • Archived FoCI Programs

    The virtual FoCI 2021 space is still open.

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    Agenda View the 16th Annual FOCI Program

    April 1
    Morning Poster Session: 10AM-12PM
    Afternoon Poster Session: 1 – 3PM
    April 2
    Morning Poster Session: 10AM-12PM
    Afternoon Poster Session: 1 – 3PM

    Plenary Address & Awards Ceremony: April 2, 3:10 – 4PM
    Speaker: Dr. Jessica Larsen, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and 2020 recipient of the Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry

    Title: Undergraduate Driven Research in Polymeric Drug Delivery

    Description: The Larsen Lab focuses on polymer-based drug delivery systems for brain and central nervous system disease. In this presentation, Dr. Larsen shares two projects driven by CI undergraduates towards the development of drug delivery vehicles. First, she will discuss how the modulation of nanoparticle shape can lead to increased uptake and co-delivery of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs in neural cells. Second, she looks at the effect of commonly used and FDA-approved polymers on blood component health, which has major implications for drug delivery vehicle design.

    Dr. Jessica Larsen
    2020 Recipient of the Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry