Student Infographic Competition Information


Students are eligible for the competition for 12 months after the month of graduation, with current ESA student or student transition membership.

Students who submit to compete in the Infographics competition may also submit to compete in any other student competition category. 

Evaluation & Judging

Student creators who present infographics in the Student Competition for the President's Prize will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Content (50%)

    • Title appropriate for presentation content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given on the infographic, not what is listed in the Program Book.
    • Content is concise but accuracy is not compromised for simplicity (10 points)
    • Content creates intrigue and/or surprise (10 points)
    • Do you think the viewer would come away with a better understanding of the subject after viewing the infographic? (10 points)
    • Significance of subject matter is clear. What new information does this infographic present and why is it important? (10 points)
    • Relevant citations are included (5 points)
  • Infographic Display (50%)

    • Organization
      • Big picture, "take-home" message is immediately evident (10 points)
      • Effective use of space; smooth transitions between sections (5 points)
    • Visual Aids
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (5 points)
      • Overall infographic is pleasant to view (5 points)
      • Use of graphical elements is creative or innovative (10 points)
      • Evokes an emotional response to learn more or take action (10 points)
      • Viewer feels compelled to share the infographic (5 points)

Each infographic display is judged independently by three judges selected by the ESA Section Presidents. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will confer with the judges to determine a winner.

A Sample Infographics Evaluation Form is available for reference.


Students compete only against the students in their infographic display session and not against other students in the same topic area who were assigned to other sessions. The size of each session is dependent upon the initial number of posters submitted to a specific topic area.

For dimensions, setup and removal instructions, and presentation times, please visit the Infographic Presenter Information page.

Presenter Tips

View the presenter tips for engaging all audiences.

Note: Abstracts may be edited online through Friday, October 18, 2019. To access your abstract, use your personalized link to Speaker's Corner.

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