Student Poster 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 cannot enter both the Student 10-minute Paper Competition and the Student Poster Competition. Nor can students enter both the Student 3-minute Presentation Competition and the Student 10-minute Paper Competition. However, a student may enter both the Student 3-minute Presentation Competition and the Student Poster Competition.

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

Evaluation & Judging

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

  • Scientific Content (60%)

    • Introduction and background with pertinent literature cited (5 points)
    • Title relevant to poster content (5 points)
      • Judges will score the title given on the poster, not what is listed in the Program Book.
    • Abstract informative, well written, correlates with poster content, and printed on poster. (10 points)
    • Objectives or hypotheses clearly stated and concise (10 points)
    • Materials and methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the problem (10 points)
    • Interpretation of results and analysis clear, concise, and accurate (10 points)
    • Significance of results to field of study clearly discussed (10 points)
  • Poster Display (40%)

    • Organization 
      • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
      • Effective use of space; smooth transitions between sections (5 points)
    • Visual Aides
      • Legible with large fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (10 points)
      • Text without grammatical errors; not excessively wordy (10 points)
      • Effective use of figures and/or tables; coordinated with and cited in text (10 points)

Each poster 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 Poster Evaluation Form is available for reference.


Students compete only against the students in their poster 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 poster dimensions, setup and removal instructions, and presentation times, please visit the Poster 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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