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.

While all presenters may submit one oral and one poster to the Annual Meeting program, students may only submit one presentation to the student competition. 

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%)

    • Title concise, informative and relevant to poster content (5 points)
      • Judges will score title given on poster, not what is listed in the online program.
    • Introduction, justification & background w/ pertinent literature (5 points)
    • Abstract informative, well written, correlates with poster content & printed on poster; if poster is billboard style, the Abstract should be made available via QR code (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 & accurate; if poster is billboard style, the central billboard message (“hook”) is supported by data provided (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 w/ appropriate-size fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds; if poster is billboard style, QR code functions properly and directs viewer to concise, relevant content (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. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will confer to determine a winner.

A Sample Poster Evaluation Form is available for reference.


Students compete only against the students in their poster 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 and upload instructions, please visit the Poster Presenter Information page.

Presenter Tips

View the presenter tips for engaging all audiences.

Note: Abstracts may be edited online through October 30, 2020. To access your abstract, use your personalized link to the Annual Meeting Portal (link will be emailed to presenters in early October).

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