2020 Poster Session Submission Information


Call for Abstracts for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) Annual Conference Poster Session

The Council on Professional Issues Committee of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announces a call for abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Poster Session of the TAND 2019 Annual Conference on February 26th, 2019. 

Due Date: Friday, February 8th, 2019
Link to Application: https://forms.gle/6nynpHqp8Zpb4xUJ8 
Questions: Karen Ringwald-Smith, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, CPI Chair Elect-Elect


Judging Criteria

  • Oral presentations: presenting author should Provide 2-3 minute summary of study findings for Judging
  • Two 30-minute poster presentation sessions will be provided for viewers and judges during morning and afternoon breaks
  • Awards for 1st and 2nd place in each main poster category
    • Food Science, Food Service, Food Systems, Food Products, Functional Foods
    • Clinical Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Assessment, Long Term Care, Private Practice
    • Community Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, Corporate Wellness, Nutrition Education, Counseling
    • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/professional


Please follow the guidelines below for abstract submission
Formatting and Typing of the Abstract

  • Type one single-spaced paragraph in black ink.
  • Font: Use Times new Roman or Arial or Courier with the font size no smaller than 10 point to ensure readability.
  • Words: Text limit is no more than 250 words, no exceptions. 
  • Paste-ups are not allowed.
  • Do not right justify text.       
  • Be sure to carefully proofread all submissions.
  • Spell out all abbreviated terms and acronyms at first mention within the text. 
  • After TAND receives the abstract, there will be no further editing.
  • Do not use graphs, charts, tables, or capitalization for emphasis in the text.
  • COMPUTER SET-UP.  Type and complete your submission directly on this form (as a Word document ‘97 or later). 
  • Confine text to specified word counts.


  • Capitalize the entire title. Limit to 10 words.
  • Do not underline, bold, italicize, or use abbreviations or acronyms in the title. 
  • Detailed information on the use of abbreviations, acronyms, or credentials can be found in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Association, January 2018 issue.

Presenter and Co-authors:

  • Type first and middle initials, last names, credentials, and places of employment for all authors within the limited space. 
  • Do not identify any author names or facilities within the body of the abstract.
  • Presenting author must be listed first.
  • Author citation should adhere to the standards found in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 2018 issue.
  • All persons designated as authors must meet the criteria for authorship detailed in the following statement.


  • List only one learning outcome for the abstract.
  • The outcome should state, in measurable terms using a behavioral verb, what the participant will be able to do or say after listening to or reading the abstract presentation.


In the body of the abstract, if applicable, state funding source (corporate, private, grant, etc). If there is no outside funding, you can state “no funding source” or other appropriate wording, such as “self-funded.”


  • Not required to be first author.
  • Be prepared to provide a 2-3 minute summary of study findings for the viewers and judges, which means being at your poster during morning and afternoon break times.
  • Research results and/or conclusions must be completed at the time of submission and cannot be in progress.
  • Proofread your abstract carefully.
  • Do NOT rely on computer spell check software only.
  • Any abstracts that have typographical or grammatical errors, particularly in the title, will be disqualified.


Please complete all required details below, refer to the Instructions for definitions, Learning Needs Codes (LNCs), and Performance Indicators (PIs).



Poster Presentation:

  • Set-up is 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. April 3rd, 2020
  • Oral Poster Presentation and Judging: Morning and Afternoon Break Times
  • Awards will be given out at 4:30 pm
  • Be prepared to summarize your study findings in 2-3 minutes.
  • Posters will remain up and open for viewing until 4:00 p.m.
  • Use a tri-fold board for free-standing table top displays.
  • Bulletin boards will not be available to display your poster.
  • You can bring business cards for networking.
  • You can bring copies of your abstract for sharing (we suggest 50 copies).
  • Plan to take your poster down by the end of the meeting, no later than 5:00 p.m. 

Poster Legibility:

  • Posters must look professional.  Less information is often better than more. A poster should be attractive, well organized and self-explanatory.
  • Title and author:  titles should be no more than 25 words.  The title appears at the top of the poster.  A sans serif font, such as Arial, should be used.  Do not use all capital letters.
  • Headings:  be consistent with headings, whether they are all capital letters, boldface or italicized.  Keep it short- preferably 4 words or less.
  • Text:  minimize words while maximizing visuals:  graphs, tables, charts, pictures or diagrams.
  • Paragraphs should be flush left.
  • Do not justify the right margin - justification makes text more difficult to read.
  • Lists should be written in phrases rather than sentences
  • Use bullet points to reinforce the items in a list
  • Numbers should be numerals, rather than spelled out.
  • Use % instead of percent.
  • Refrain from excessive references.

Format Suggestions:

  • Background or Introduction – a few brief sentences and state the purpose of the research
  • Methods – a list, flow chart, map
  • Results - illustrations, tables, figures, graphs and photos accompanied by a simple statement.
  • Conclusions - what are the key take home points based on your results?
  • Acknowledgements – was there a funding source?
  • Visuals (illustrations, figures, graphs, photos, and tables)
    • Limit visuals to no more than 5 per poster.
    • Visuals should be at least 5” x 7”
    • Captions and labels on visuals should be readable from 4 feet away.  Be concise.
  • Organization:  the information should flow from top to bottom or from left to right, but not both.  The reader may get confused.  Use numbers, arrows, or colors to help the eye move from item to item in the correct order.
  • Color – Color attracts attention, but too much can be distracting.