CFAES Poster Competition

Feb. 8, 2021
Poster competition, april 8 virtual

The College is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2021 CFAES Annual Research Conference (Virtual) Poster Competition! New this year, the Undergraduate Research Forum will be held in coordination with the graduate and professional competition.

Poster Competition Eligibility

The Graduate Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled or recently graduated (Spring 2020 or later) students, including undergraduate (BS), graduate (M.S., Ph.D.), and professional students, working on a CFAES supported project. Post-docs and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists, including Visiting Scholars that are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, are also invited to participate. Entrants may present only posters on original research they have conducted while at The Ohio State University.

Students don’t need to have completed their research to participate in the poster competition. For research in progress, rather than including your final results, we will ask you to discuss initial observations about the progress you have made.

There will be separate competitions held for Undergraduate students, Master’s students, Doctoral students, Post-doctoral Scholars, and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists. The undergraduate competition is broken into six categories: Animal Sciences (Animal Health), Animal Sciences (Nutrition), Entomology, Environmental and Plant Sciences, Food Science, and Social Sciences.

Participant Expectations

All participants are expected to register for the competition, submit an abstract and PDF of their research poster, and record a 7-10 minute presentation using Microsoft Sway. Participants must register for the competition online by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 3. Posters must be submitted online as a PDF by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 17. Microsoft Sway presentations files must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 24.

Poster Q&A sessions will be held throughout the week of April 5. Since the competition will be held virtually, all poster authors are expected to participate in at least one poster Q&A session to discuss their poster. Each poster author will be able to show their poster and will be given approximately 8 minutes to provide a brief (1-2 min) recap of their work, followed by audience questions. Participants will receive the final presentation schedule by the end of March and are expected to attend their assigned virtual Q&A session. We do encourage presenters attend multiple Q&A sessions to engage with other attendees. Time commitment for one session will be approximately 60-90 minutes.

View the full Graduate Guidelines


All poster authors who successfully complete the poster competition will receive a $50 gift card for their participation. Posters in each category placing in the top 3 will be announced at the CFAES Awards Ceremony on April 8, 2021 (12:30-2:00pm). Read more about the competition

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 3, 5:00 PM Deadline to register to participate in the poster competition
Wednesday, March 17, 5:00 PM Deadline for final poster and abstract to be uploaded
Wednesday, March 24, 5:00 PM Deadline to upload Microsoft Sway presentation
March 29 - April 4 Poster judges review and score submissions
April 5 - April 8, 8:30 - 5:00 PM Poster Q&A, sessions offered throughout the week 
Thursday, April 8, 12:30 - 2:00 PM Annual Conference Awards Presentation (Register to attend


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