Student Poster Prize - Poster Presentations


When thinking about your presentation at the upcoming SfAA conference, don’t forget the poster option. The poster presentation makes use of graphics, such as maps, photographs, and charts to describe your research project, leaving you available for more personal interaction and in-depth discussions with colleagues.

There is also an online video student poster award. We offer this online option primarily for students who are unable to attend in person. This short video format provides students an opportunity to practice presenting their research clearly and concisely to a professional audience. 

Award Amounts

Onsite: $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place.
Online Only: $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place.

Winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony.



  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate student(s).

  • Work may be done under faculty supervision, but the student must be the primary investigator.

  • Faculty sponsors cannot be listed on the poster as co-authors (students should perform the greatest amount of the research).

On-site Judging Criteria

On-site Judging Criteria

Is your poster reader-friendly, clear, and concise? Ask the following questions:

  • Am I drawn to this poster?
  • Can colleagues quickly examine the poster and understand major points?
  • Would an interested reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
Poster content and appeal:  Does it stimulate interest and conversation? Graphics, including photos, graphs or charts, and maps, are important to conveying your research and findings effectively. Color is an asset. Your poster must have some text, of course, but dense text and small fonts do not work well in posters. 

Student presentation:  Explanation of the research presented in the poster and related theory

Applied nature of the work:  Implications for society, creativity of thought, and possible applications.

On-site Logistics

On-site Logistics of Poster Presentations

The Student Poster Session will be Thursday 3:30 - 5:30. Set up is between 1:30 and 2:15, the judges will need to be alone with the posters from 2:15 - 3:30. If your poster is not set up by 2:15 it will not be eligible for the prize. 

SfAA will give each participant a number designating your poster display area and will provide binder clips/push pins and a display board 40 inches by 30 inches (you can orient your poster to either portrait or landscape.). Posters must not exceed 40 inches by 30 inches. If it exceeds these parameters, it will be disqualified. 

Online Only Judging Criteria

Online Only Judging Criteria

Are the project and its methods explained clearly?

Does the student successfully communicate the major points?

Do the visual components enhance and support the message of the presentation?

Does the video convey the applied nature of the work, including broader implications?

Online Only Logistics

Online Only Logistics

The video should be 3-5 minutes long. Students are permitted to use visual aids such as photographs or PowerPoint slides. Video posters will need to be submitted by February and instructions for submitting the video will be shared following abstract acceptance.

Here are some resources you can use to think about ways to create an effective video poster presentation.

Creating a Video Presentation for a Virtual Conference (UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center)

 Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters (NIH OITE)​​​​​​​

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