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Poster Contest

The Poster Contest is an opportunity for you to present your research to Northwestern faculty, students, and postdocs.  All areas of research are welcome.

***The submission deadline is now closed.***


Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students at Northwestern are eligible to present their research at the poster session, sponsored by CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics) and NICO (Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems). Please note that only submissions by graduate and undergraduate students are prize eligible.


Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and are subject to the judging criteria provided on this page.


Female poster presenter explaining her wall board to a Computational Research Day attendee

Poster Instructions

Poster presenters are responsible for setting up their posters. Wall boards will be set up and tacks will be provided for attaching your poster. You must set up your poster on the day of the event between 11:15am – 11:30am in the Louis Room at Norris. Judging begins promptly at 11:30am. Posters should be picked up by 4:30pm.  

Presenters are expected to stand by his or her poster for presentation and judging from 11:15am1:30pm. Event attendees are invited to view the posters during the lunch break from 12:15 – 1:30pm.

Posters should not exceed 4 feet wide.

Please see Copying and Digital Printing Services for poster printing services at Northwestern University including poster printers at the University Library.

Conference Proceedings

This year, presenters will be invited to publish their research in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be published online by Northwestern University Libraries. Publishing your research in the proceedings is not required for presenting at the conference. Learn more about Digital Publishing Services.

Judging Criteria

Judges will include researchers from schools represented by participants in the poster session. Judging criteria will be 60% content and 40% presentation. Judging Criteria DetailsPDF




Graduate students and undergraduate students will be eligible to compete for prizes in our poster competition and will be judged together, in the same category. Postdocs are encouraged to submit a poster, however are not eligible for a prize.

The following prizes will be awarded at the Researchers' Reception, which starts at 4:15pm in the Louis Room.

Last Updated: 20 December 2018

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