Graduate Research Poster

Past Grad Research Poster Showcases

Grad students present their research posters

Located at the AU Alumni Center

COA Graduate Poster Showcase held annually at the Auburn Alumni Center

Welcome! Please join us each year by presenting your research poster, signing up as a judge, and stopping by the Alumni Center.


  1. Register/sign up your poster. (button above)
  2. Submit digital materials (abstract & poster, both in PDF format) – you will receive an email from Kelly Pippin regarding where to submit.
  3. Print your poster – Recommended poster size is 30” x 40” vertical layout (easels, foam boards, tacks and/or clips will be available)
  4. Arrive at the Alumni Center Hall, sign-in, set up your poster, present to judges. Light finger food will be provided.


  • Poster sign-up by: September 20
  • Digital material (abstract and poster) submission by: October 10
  • A list of posters available online by October 22 (admin)
  • Event website fully launched by October 22 (admin)
  • Event kicks off on October 28

Hints, Tips, & Special Instructions

  • Students are encouraged to arrive the hall and sign‐in between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm to allow time to set up and eat first before poster judging.
  • Judging of the posters will commence no later than 5:00 pm.
  • Poster competitions will be organized by research focus areas. There will be two competitions (PhD and M.S. competitions) for each of the three research focus areas listed below:
    • Plant Production and Management Systems
    • Food Animal/Integrated Food and Health Systems
    • Sustainable Ecosystems and Renewable Resource Management
  • Your poster will be evaluated by three judges. The judges will come to your poster (at different times between 5 ‐ 7 pm) to review and ask questions. You will need to stand by your poster during this period. Each judge will spend up to 10 minutes per poster. They will introduce themselves to you.
  • Students are encouraged to review best practices for poster presentation and prepare for a general audience.

Posters will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics/Organization (i.e., visual appeal, organization, balance of images/figures/text, etc.)
  • Content/Merit (i.e., scientific merit, general audience appeal, clear objective and outcomes, etc.) o Presentation Skills (i.e., confidence, proper dressing, enthusiasm, communication skills, etc.)
  • Scientific Response (i.e., clear description of scientific concept, clear explanation of the what, how and why, interpretation of results, etc.)
  • Question & Answer (i.e., ability to clearly answer questions raised by the judges).

*Note – If you will be presenting the results of an industry‐funded research, we encourage you to review with your major professor/principal investigator the terms of the industry contract regarding publication and intellectual property.

Capacity & Timing

  • Up to 80 posters total
  • 10 min/poster (4-5 min for presentation, 2-3 min for Q&A, 2-3 min for evaluation)
  • 20-24 judges (8-12 posters per judge)

List of 2021 Grad Student Research Posters

Grad Posters Research Areas: Efficient Food Animal Systems, Integrated Food & Health Systems, Sustainable Ecosystems & Renewable Resource Management

Past Grad Student Research Posters

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