Poster Showcase of Community Impact: Call for Proposals
2018 Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference
Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, 2018
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN


This year, the Upper Midwest Regional Master Gardener Conference, will feature 15 innovative, problem-solving, projects on poster boards, highlighting important projects that impacted your local communities. This “Showcase of Community Impact” will offer fabulous prizes for the best posters and is open to all conference attendees.

Show how you make a difference!!

Share your success stories with other Master Gardeners!!

How it Works
SHARE A BRIEF ABSTRACT (250 WORDS) OF YOUR PROJECT
Use this form to tell us about a Community Impact Project you'd like to highlight at this year's Master Gardener Regional Conference.

YOUR ABSTRACT IS REVIEWED
Based on the abstract provided, the Selection Committee will decide if your Community Impact Project will be one of the top 15 chosen to receive special recognition on a 22"X 28" foam core poster at the Conference.

IF SELECTED
If your project is selected, you will be contacted! A poster of your Community Impact Project will be conveniently designed and assembled for you by the Conference Planning Committee using the abstract, photos, supporting documents, and the tips & hints below! (Poster printing will be done by the on-site committee so you don't have to worry about traveling with your poster!)

POSTER SUPPORT
If you need help please contact Community Engagement Sub-Committee Co-Chairs:
Deb Revier drevier@comcast.net
Tammy Roitenberg roitenbergt@outlook.com

Poster Grading Criteria
Your submission will be awarded points based on the following criteria:

COMMUNITY IMPACT
2 Point Value
Does this project address concerns in your community? Did this project engage your community? Consider your audience (youth/seniors, rural/urban)

TEACHING VALUE
2 Point Value
Does this project inspire your audience to learn something new? Have you received feedback from your community on what they learned?

INVOLVEMENT
2 Point Value
Did this project involve many members from your County Master Gardener Program? Was it a school, government, social, faith-based, or other organization?

INNOVATION
2 Point Value
Was this project a new approach, innovative or groundbreaking in a particular field? Did your project overcome any obstacles for your community?

Abstract-Writing Tips
Include:
* your goal
* your target audience
* a description of the process
* the outcome, and
* whether or not the project is ongoing
Hints for a winning poster!
1. Measurable Data/Research Outcomes
2. Include support materials such as handouts
3. Photographs must show
a.) community involvement
b.) master gardener name tag, and
c.) tell a story
Details
GALLERY
All 15 final posters will be unveiled at the Welcome Dinner on Thursday evening at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and will be on display throughout the Conference.

PROJECT AUTHORS/REPRESENTATIVES
Project authors are invited to speak about their projects with attendees during the Thursday Welcome Dinner from 5:30 - 7:30pm. (Project authors/representatives need not be present at the Thursday evening unveiling, but it sure will be fun if you are!)

VOTING
An independent voting committee will determine the First, Second, and Third Place winning project posters.
Conference attendees will also have a chance to review the posters and vote for "Conference Favorite" on Thursday and Friday!

PRIZES
Prizes awarded for First, Second, Third place and "Conference Favorite".

USAGE
Completed projects may be shared in all communication venues, such as Facebook, all extension websites, as well as in all communications leading up to the conference to build anticipation.

To enter your Community Impact Project for consideration, complete the form below
Submissions due by May 15, 2018.
Project Author Address/City/State/Zip
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Project Author Email
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Project Author Phone
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Additional Project Representatives' Names
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Poster Title
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Poster Abstract (limit to 250 words), include your goal, your target audience, a description of the process, the outcome, size of your Master Gardener Group/Volunteers and whether or not the project is ongoing. Also, please note if you plan to provide other supporting materials such as handouts.
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Project Author/Representative Biographies (please limit to 100 words each)
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Additional Comments *
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