While students may submit one paper and one poster or infographic to the program, only one submission may be in the student competition. View eligibility, judging criteria, and other helpful information below. 


Students are eligible for the competition for 12 months after the month of graduation, with current ESA, ESC, or ESBC student or student transition membership.

While all presenters may submit one oral and one poster or infographic to the Joint Annual Meeting program, students may only submit one presentation to the student competition. 

Evaluation & Judging

Students who present posters in the Student Competition will be evaluated in the following areas:

Scientific Content (50%)

  • Title concise, informative, and relevant to poster content; judges to score title given on the poster, not what is listed in the program (5 points)
  • Introduction, justification, and background with pertinent literature cited (5 points)
  • Objectives or hypotheses clearly stated and concise (10 points)
  • Materials and methods (study design) clear, concise, and appropriate to the program (10 points)
  • Interpretation of results and analysis clear, concise, and accurate; if poster is billboard style, the central billboard message ("hook") is supported by data provided (10 points)
  • Significance of results to field of study clearly discussed (10 points)

Poster Display (50%)

  • Logical order, minimum redundancy (5 points)
  • Effective use of space; smooth transition between sections (5 points)
  • Legible w/ appropriate-size fonts, color contrast, no conflicting backgrounds (high contrast images (for example, avoiding color schemes that are hard to distinguish for colorblind participants like red/green); if poster is billboard style, QR code functions properly and directs viewer to concise, relevant content (15 points)
  • Text with no grammatical errors and not excessively wordy; both American and Canadian English spelling & grammar are acceptable (i.e., behavior/behaviour) (10 points)
  • Effective use and description of visuals (i.e. photos, diagrams, figures, and tables), coordinated with and cited in text (15 points)

Each poster display is judged independently by three judges. In the event of a tie, the Student Competition Co-Chairs will use the abstract to determine a winner.

A Sample Poster Evaluation Form is available for reference.


Students compete only against the students in their poster session and not against other students in the same topic area who were assigned to other sessions. The size of each session is dependent upon the initial number of posters submitted to a specific topic area. 

Presenter Tips

View the presenter tips for engaging all audiences.

Note: Abstracts may be edited online mid-August through October 31, 2022. To access your abstract, login to your personalized Annual Meeting Conference Harvester (link will be emailed to presenters in mid-August).
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