Capstone Project

Overview

Every third-year CAE student is required to complete a Capstone Project and present at the Symposium.

The Capstone Symposium will be held virtually this year.

Was there a time you failed, had success, or learned to look at the world differently while at UW-Madison? The CAE Capstone Project challenges you to reflect on and make sense of these experiences. Working with CAE staff and your advisor, and along with  the UW-Madison Leadership Framework as a guide, you will create a digital poster to share your story of learning and growth with other CAE students and guests from the campus community.

You will present this poster at the CAE Capstone Symposium on April 15 at 4:30pm.

There will be two session where you will be divided into breakout rooms where you will have 30 minutes to share your poster. You will only present in one of the sessions so you have time to view other students’ presentations.

You will be presenting for multiple individuals so be prepared to give a 3-4 minute presentation about your poster a few times during the time in your breakout room.

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 23 | 4 – 5:30pm – Brainstorm and receive advice from CAE staff about your project. Join through BBC.

Friday, April 2 – Notify your advisor of any conflicts by this date. For example, if you have class during the first half of the event, you should let us know you will be presenting during the second half of the symposium.

If you’re unable to attend or present, you need to meet with your advisor to discuss how to adjust your project for submission.

Monday, April 12 by 11:59pm – Submit your digital poster project

Thursday, April 15 | 4:30 – 6:30pm – Present at the Virtual Capstone Symposium

Submit Your Project

Capstone Symposium Projects can be submitted here.

Get Started

Reflect on how your experiences in and out of the classroom at UW-Madison and beyond are shaping your journey. Specifically, think about how your experiences are helping you develop UW-Madison Leadership Framework competencies. You don’t need to use every competency, but you should explain how you’ve developed in at least three areas.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Supporting Learning and Development of Others
  • Honoring Context and Culture
  • Decision Making
  • Fostering Bridge Building and Collaboration
  • Moving Ideas into Action

A detailed description of each competency can be found at leadership.wisc.edu/leadership-framework.

 

Create the Poster

Design a digital poster (36 x 24 inches), and present it at the Capstone Symposium.

PowerPoint is sometimes used to create a poster, but there are many programs you can use. Please see the section at the end of this page for additional resources and templates.

The DesignLab  provides free digital design help for UW-Madison students. You can even schedule appointments with their consultants to get help with digital projects.

Make sure your poster is sized 36 x 24 inches to ensure proper size for presentation.

Additional Design Help

Here are other resources that you may find useful!

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PowerPoint Template

36 x 24 inches template for PowerPoint

Remember, this is a poster, not a slide show! You will only be displaying a single page, so make sure the dimensions are correct.

Small posters will be hard to see for guests when you share.

Software for Posters

Information Provided by the DesignLab

Informational and scientific posters convey research and knowledge through a combination of printed text, data visualizations, and images. Researchers often use posters to present and discuss their work with others at conferences and symposiums. Posters may contain embedded infographics and photographs, and their overall organization varies across fields and range from sparse and simple to dense and complex. There are also many different software programs that can be used to create posters. 

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE:

Microsoft PowerPoint Logo

  • Microsoft PowerPoint: This software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via Office 365. It is also installed on all InfoLab machines, both in the labs and for checkout. Using OneDrive will allow for collaboration between multiple creators. PowerPoint also works with Excel to easily make charts and graphs. This is usually the standard software for creating research posters, however, there are limited alignment and design tools.

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  • Google Slides: This software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps). It is a web-based system, so can transition easily between multiple computers regardless of operating systems. Google Slides are also very good for collaboration, as they allow multiple users to edit at one time. This software is based heavily on PowerPoint, so there are limited alignment and design tools for this software.

Apple Keynote Logo

  • Apple Keynote: This is a proprietary software program that is available only for Apple products. It is installed on all InfoLab machines, both in the labs and for checkout under the Mac partition. There are limited alignment tools, but the Keynote design tools are more extensive than Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides.

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  • CanvaThis online program has a limited free option, as well as monthly and annual subscriptions at a cost. Many of the functions of Canva are free, but there are certain elements available for as little as $1. Canva files are created online and can be downloaded as PNG, JPEG, or PDF. They do not allow for collaboration in the free option. Additionally, alignment tools are there but are very limited in functionality.

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  • PiktochartThis online program has a limited free option, as well as monthly and annual subscriptions at a cost. Piktochart files are created online and can be downloaded as PNG files. These files are usually lower in resolution than a typical poster, but making the dimensions larger will allow for downsizing with a higher resolution. They do not allow for collaboration in the free option. Additionally, alignment tools are there but are very limited in functionality. However, this software is very good for making charts and graphs!

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  • Adobe InDesign: This software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via InfoLab machines, both in the labs and for checkout. Using a Creative Cloud account will allow for easy transition from one computer to another. With layers and alignment tools, this is one of the best options for creating posters if you know or have time to learn the software.

Adobe Illustrator Logo

  • Adobe Illustrator: Like InDesign, this software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via InfoLab machines, both in the labs and for checkout. Using a Creative Cloud account will allow for easy transition from one computer to another. With layers and alignment tools, this is another good alternative for creating posters if you know or have time to learn the software.

Adobe Photoshop Logo

  • Adobe Photoshop: Like InDesign and Illustrator, this software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via InfoLab machines, both in the labs and for checkout. Using a Creative Cloud account will allow for easy transition from one computer to another. With layers and alignment tools, as well as plenty of photo editing capabilities, this is another good alternative for creating posters if you know or have time to learn the software.