Poster Competition

The College is pleased to announce the 2021 CFAES Annual Research Conference (Virtual) Poster Competition! New this year, the Undergraduate Research Forum will be held in coordination with the graduate and professional competition (full guidelines linked below).

Call for Posters

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) translates cutting-edge research for stakeholders across the state. By engaging with our stakeholders, we provide research, technology, and knowledge to support safe, sustainable, and viable agricultural practices across Ohio and the world. Each year, the research done by our students and research scientists is put on display at the CFAES Annual Research Poster Competition.

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 3, 5:00 PM Deadline to register to participate in the poster competition
Wednesday, March 17, 5:00 PM Deadline for final poster and abstract to be uploaded
Wednesday, March 24, 5:00 PM Deadline to upload Microsoft Sway presentation
March 29 - April 4 Poster judges review and score submissions
April 5 - April 8, 8:30 - 5:00 PM Poster Q&A, sessions offered throughout the week 
Thursday, April 8, 12:30 - 2:00 PM Awards Presentation (Register to attend

Poster Competition Eligibility

The Graduate Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled or recently graduated (Spring 2020 or later) students, including undergraduate (BS), graduate (M.S., Ph.D.), and professional students, working on a CFAES supported project. Post-docs and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists, including Visiting Scholars that are not currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, are also invited to participate. Entrants may present only posters on original research they have conducted while at The Ohio State University.

Students don’t need to have completed their research to participate in the poster competition. For research in progress, rather than including your final results, we will ask you to discuss initial observations about the progress you have made.

There will be separate competitions held for Undergraduate students, Master’s students, Doctoral students, Post-doctoral Scholars, and Research Assistants/ Associates/ Scientists. The undergraduate competition is broken into six categories: Animal Sciences (Animal Health), Animal Sciences (Nutrition), Entomology, Environmental and Plant Sciences, Food Science, and Social Sciences.

Participant Expectations

All participants are expected to register for the competition, submit an abstract and PDF of their research poster, and record a 7-10 minute presentation using Microsoft Sway. Participants must register for the competition online by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 3. Posters must be submitted online as a PDF by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 17. Microsoft Sway presentations files must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 24.

Poster Q&A sessions will be held throughout the week of April 5. Since the competition will be held virtually, all poster authors are expected to participate in at least one poster Q&A session to discuss their poster. Each poster author will be able to show their poster and will be given approximately 8 minutes to provide a brief (1-2 min) recap of their work, followed by audience questions. Participants will receive the final presentation schedule by the end of March and are expected to attend their assigned virtual Q&A session. We do encourage presenters attend multiple Q&A sessions to engage with other attendees. Time commitment for one session will be approximately 60-90 minutes.


Registration is expected to open on January 11, 2021 and all participants must register for the competition at the link below by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 3. During the registration process, you will select your availability during the week of April 5 which will allow us to schedule presentation times.

Registration now closed

Full Poster Guidelines

Graduate Guidelines

Undergraduate Guidelines

File Submission

  • Poster PDF and Abstract
    Participants in the poster competition must submit a PDF of their poster by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 17 at You will also submit your abstract at this time. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the entrant to acknowledge receipt of submission. Uploaded poster files will be finalized after this date and no late submissions will be accepted.
  • Poster templates can be downloaded from the CFAES Branding webpage:
  • Microsoft Sway Presentation Link
    Participants will also be required to submit a link for judges to access the recording of their Microsoft Sway presentation. After submitting your poster and abstract on March 17, you will be able to return to the site ( and upload your Sway presentation link (note, poster files cannot be changed after the March 17 deadline). The submission for Sway presentations will remain open until 5pm on Wednesday, March 24, at which time the webform will close. No late submissions will be accepted.

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Review Process & Awards 

All posters and recorded presentations will be posted online at least one week prior to the start of Q&A sessions. These online materials will undergo a review process during which they will be scored. Evaluations will be based on the abstract, poster content, design, and the recorded Sway presentation.

Each participant will receive the feedback provided by the judges on their poster submission. Poster authors will also be provided any community comments submitted via the Virtual Poster Competition website. Participants will not be judged on the Q&A session held the week of April 5, however this is a good opportunity to gather feedback from the wider CFAES community.

All poster authors who successfully complete the poster competition will receive a $50 gift card for their participation. Posters in each category placing in the top 3 will be announced at the CFAES Awards Ceremony on April 8, 2021 (12:30-2:00pm).

Helpful Resources - Creating a Sway Presentation

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