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Student Poster Competition


AFS invites students to participate in the conference by submitting a poster abstract for presentation.  The poster competition will take place on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm and awards, including financial awards, will be presented to the top poster presentations.  Students presenting posters may attend the conference with a waived registration fee.



Students interested in entering the poster competition must submit their abstract by Friday, September 15.  The student poster submission deadline is later than the technical presentation submission deadline 

Presentation of a paper in a poster session provides an opportunity for effective one-to-one communication, as well as increased visual display of your material.

  • § Standard poster board size is 4′ high by 6′ wide. The panel is fabric material that utilizes pushpins.
  • § All materials should be prepared in advance.  Proper illustration is critical to an effective presentation. The use of large lettering (legible at a distance of 6′ or more) and minimal text is recommended.
  • § Illustrations should not be mounted on heavy stock as this makes it difficult to mount them on poster boards.
  • § Use of colored ink in printing and colored paper in framing text can be attractive and enhance the paper.
  • § Presentation information should follow a logical sequence and include a formal title.

Time will be allowed for each presentation to be mounted on a poster panel before the start of the poster session. The pushpins will be supplied. Please return the pushpins in the containers provided after your poster presentation for the use of other presenters.

Timely collection of materials at the end of the session is the responsibility of the presenter.  Any remaining posters left on boards will be removed and disposed.

There will be no tables in front of the boards.

Scoring of student posters will be conducted by at least three judges who are members of the AFS.  Posters will be judged in four areas:

(1)   The clarity and the support of the stated research OBJECTIVE;

(2)   The overall ORGANZATION of the poster;

(3)   The clarity and thoroughness of the poster oral PRESENTATION;

(4)   The overall ORIGINALITY of the poster topic.



Lyn Sholl

AFS Executive Director


Dr. Wenping Li

AFS 2016 Student Poster Session Chair