AGU Virtual Poster Showcase


The Virtual Poster Showcase is a new opportunity that allows undergraduate and graduate students to present their research virtually, alleviating any need to travel. Students not only get valuable feedback on their science, but also gain experience in reviewing the research of other students. This affordable and accessible option is ideal for students, and can help build their academic resume.

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  1. Abstract
  2. Upload
  3. Judging
  4. Recognition

Abstracts must be in English and will be submitted electronically. To submit an abstract, one has to register using the button on the top of the page. The title is limited to 300 characters and the body is limited to 2000 characters (spaces and punctuation included). There is a $35 submission fee for all abstracts.

You can create your poster (with a Mac or a PC) using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other program. The poster must be one page and in English. Poster dimensions are as follows: The maximum width is 48 inches; the maximum height is 36 inches. The file size is not limited, but you must save your file as a PDF. The virtual poster software does not recognize any other file formats. A short video must be submitted to accompany the poster. The video should capture the student explaining the poster in no more than 5 minutes. The video is designed to have the judge watch the student present as if they were at an in-person poster session. When filming, adjust the camera view so that both the student and the poster are captured in the shot. Please be sure that the video is not zooming just on the face or the student, or zooming on portions of the poster, or alternating between the student and the poster. The video can be recorded using a smartphone and then uploaded to YouTube. The student will then post the YouTube link to the Virtual Poster Session platform when they upload their PDF poster file.

Poster judging will take place in two phases:

  1. Peer Judging: Each lead author participating in this poster showcase is required to judge three other posters and provide a score based on the visual appeal and scientific content of the poster. Students will be expected to ask questions about the posters they are judging, but please note that students will not be assigned judge other students from the same institution or research project. During the peer judging period, students must be available to log in to the virtual poster site.

  2. Expert Judging: The second judging phase will involve experts who are scientists and faculty. The posters will be judged on scientific merit and on visual appeal. Judges will be allowed to submit comments and questions about your poster. All of their comments and questions and all of your responses will be posted online for only you to see. All of their comments and questions will be posted online and visible to other presenters and judges. You must be available to log in to the virtual poster site during the expert judging period .The site will then close, and winners will be selected and announced shortly after.

Each student will be awarded a certificate of participation after completing all steps of the Virtual Poster Showcase, including judging three peers’ posters. The students with the best-ranking posters in each division will be given awards for their achievements (details to be announced). The grand prize winner of the entire showcase will receive funding towards lodging and airfare (some restrictions apply) and free registration for the 2016 Fall Meeting.

2014 Grand Prize Winner

2014 Winning Poster
2014 Winner

Carlos Martinez

Texas A&M University

North Atlantic Atmospheric Blocking and Atlantic Multidecedal Oscillation: Analysis through Reaserch, Climate Models, and Datasets.

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