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Student Poster Competition

Poster competition
Viewing student posters at the 2011 CEDAR Workshop.

The student poster competition was instituted in 1990 and provides an excellent opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students to present their high-quality research to the community.

See past student poster winners.

How to participate in the poster competition

See poster guidelines.

All students may choose to participate in the poster competition. Students desiring to compete must:

  1. register to participate when submitting their abstract (check the appropriate boxes on the Abstract Submission Form);
  2. upload your poster by Friday before the CEDAR meeting starts (required to be in competition)
  3. have their poster mounted in the designated space no later than 6 hours before the beginning of the assigned formal poster session;
  4. be at their poster for a 1-hour period during the formal poster session (the time must be indicated on or next to the poster at the time it is mounted).

(Failure to abide by any of these rules constitutes automatic disqualification from the competition.)

Poster abstract submission will open soon.

Poster competition evaluation criteria

Poster prizes will be awarded to the posters that best present results of high-quality research. There will be two rounds of judging.

Round 1: Scientific Content and Effective Poster Presentation

Judging in this round takes place prior to the start of the formal poster sessions, and is based on the judges' reading of the poster. In preparing their posters students should follow the Poster Guidelines carefully, strive to provide evidence of familiarity with relevant literature and/or work of others, and avoid diverging into unnecessary detail. Only posters that effectively communicate significant research results and a high-quality research effort, without benefit of an oral presentation, will advance to the second round of competition. Visit the First Ballot link to see a sample of the judges' first round evaluation form.

Round 2: Scientific Content and Effective Oral Presentation

Judging in this round takes place during the formal poster sessions. Students with competitive posters are evaluated further on the scientific significance and quality of the research effort, and also on the effectiveness of their complementary oral presentation. Students should strive to:

  • make an uninterrupted presentation in no more than 10 minutes (i.e., summarize)
  • explain the poster logically (background, results, conclusions)
  • make an independent presentation, without soliciting input from advisors except for help with highly advanced questions.

Visit the Second Ballot link to see a sample of the judges' second round evaluation form.