Virtual Poster Competition

Calling all undergraduate and graduate student researchers! The asynchronous virtual competitive poster session is an opportunity to share and learn about the research being done by undergraduate and graduate students across the STEM community.

The virtual poster session will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11AM-1:30 PM ET. The awards ceremony will take place Saturday, November 7, at 3:00PM ET.

Johanna Barrientos presenting at the annual LSMRCE Conference
Caption: Johanna Barrientos (right) presenting at the annual LSMRCE Conference, October 26, 2019

Attention presenters

What to expect at the LSMRCE Poster Session on Saturday, Nov 7th? Watch the 10-minute tutorial below. If you have any questions, reach out to Deb Cole at

What does asynchronous mena?

Students will upload their poster file and a recorded video of them presenting their poster by October 24th. Judges will score their assigned poster and video presentations the week of Nov 1-6.

Then on Saturday, Nov 7, students will logon to the poster session and answer questions about their poster in the discussion area that are posted by conference attendees. There will be no live presentation of your poster during this time.

Who should submit?

Undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, fellows, and post-docs who are conducting research in any of the following areas: biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering sciences, environmental sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences (Astro, Chemistry, Physics), socio/behavioral sciences, or technology.

**ATTENTION: Due to lack of opportunities for students to conduct in-person research in 2020, LSMRCE is accepting abstracts still in the early/planning phase of research. Do not hesitate to submit. Just be sure to follow the abstract guidelines! **

What do presenters get?

If your abstract is selected for presentation, an email invitation will be sent to you by September 25, 2020.

All poster presenters receive:
  • Complimentary conference registration ($50 value)
  • Professional Development Skill Building (priceless)
  • Opportunity to network with thought leaders in Industry and higher education (priceless)

Competitive poster session

The virtual poster session is a competitive session for cash prizes. The top 3 undergraduate posters and the top graduate student poster wins cash prizes. Prize amounts will depend upon the number of conference registrants.

Important dates

  • Sept 14, 2020 - Abstract Submissions due at 11:59PM ET via online application
  • Sept 25, 2020 - LSMRCE will send out the notifications to selected presenters.
  • Sept 30, 2020 @ 6PM ET - LSMRCE recorded session on how to record your video presentation.
    View the recording here: | PowerPoint Slides
  • Oct 8, 2020 @ 6PM ET - Upload your Poster Material to Symposium. View the recording here:
  • Oct 25, 2020 @ 11:59PM ET - Upload your material by Sunday, October 25, at 11:59PM ET. Information about how to upload your presentation material will be presented in the October 8th webinar.
  • NOV 7 @ 11AM ET - The LSMRCE virtual poster session will take place online. There will be two 1-hour poster sessions held on Saturday. Each poster presenter will be assigned one of the two sessions.
    • Session 1 will be from 11AM - 12PM ET
    • Session 2 will be from 12:30PM - 1:30PM ET
    • The author(s) must stay in logged into the poster session and respond to the questions posed in the discussion board for the duration of the assigned poster session.
  • NOV 7 @ 3PM ET - Awards Ceremony.

Guidelines for Digital Posters

When preparing your poster, follow these guidelines:
  1. TITLE: (30-word limit): The title should identify the contents of the poster.
  2. AUTHORS and AFFILIATIONS: List each author separately. The presenting author should be listed in all caps. Do NOT include titles or degrees. Faculty mentors should appear last with an ‘and’ prior to their name. Do not include street addresses.
  3. CONTENT: Posters must cover the same material as the abstracts.
    • Students should work with their mentor to determine how to organize their poster content. Suggested section headers for the poster body include: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Acknowledgements. Other potential sections are References and Next Steps (or Future Application).
    • Authors have complete freedom to display poster information in figures, tables, text, photographs, etc. as appropriate.
    • If applicable, define all trade names first, and then use generic names throughout. All compounds and drugs must be identified.

Guidelines for Recorded Presentations

  • Plan to attend the webinar about recording your video on Sept 30 at 6p ET.
  • Each poster presenter will record themselves presenting their poster.
  • Presentation length should be under 5 minutes.
  • Presenters will upload their video to YouTube and publish it as an 'unlisted' video. This information will be covered in the Sept 30th webinar.

Poster Scoring

Posters will be judged on the quality of the research, poster organization, use of data and graphs, and the presenter’s ability to confidently convey this information in the recorded presentation.

Recorded webinars

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