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Poster Competition

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.

Call for Posters

The College is pleased to announce the 2022 CFAES Annual Poster Competition! Participants must register online by March 9 and provide their availability for an in-person poster session on either April 11 or 12 (register here). Questions about the Graduate and Professional Competition can be directed to Kayla Arnold.1065, those for the Undergraduate Competition should contact Susie Sheller.1

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 9, 5:00 PM Deadline to register to participate in the poster competition (Register to participate)
Wednesday, March 23, 5:00 PM Deadline for final poster and abstract to be uploaded (Upload link)
March 28 - April 10 Poster judges review and pre-score poster submissions (Faculty judge signup)
Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12 Poster sessions will be in person with possible locations in Columbus and Wooster (sessions are scheduled for 9-11am, 1-3pm, and 4:30-6:30pm)
Thursday, April 14, 11:00 - 2:30 PM Awards Presentation Ceremony (Registration and details coming soon) 

Poster Competition Eligibility

The Graduate Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled or recently graduated (Spring 2021 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 multiple topical categories: Animal Sciences (Animal Health), Animal Sciences (Nutrition), Entomology, Environmental and Plant Sciences, Food Science, Social Sciences, and Other.

Participant Expectations

All participants are expected to register for the competition, submit an abstract and PDF of their research poster, and participate in one 2-hour, in-person poster session. Participants must register for the competition online by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 9. Posters must be submitted online as a PDF along with abstracts by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 23

Poster sessions will be held in-person on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12. During the session, students should stand by their posters and be prepared to answer questions and discuss their research. This portion will count for 15% of their total poster score, as outlined in the rubric below. There may be opportunities to present on either the Columbus or Wooster campus, depending on participant interest. Columbus presentations will be at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and Wooster presentations would occur at the Wooster Campus Conference Center.

All poster authors are expected to participate in at least one poster session. Poster session time blocks will occur from 9:00-11:00am, 1:00-3:00pm, and 4:30-6:30pm on both days to accommodate appropriate health and safety measures in line with university guidance. Participants will submit their availability for a poster session during registration. A full poster schedule will be released in late March with further details about the presentations.


Registration will open January 12, 2022 and all participants must register for the competition at the link below by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 9. During the registration process, you will select your availability during the week of April 11 which will allow us to schedule presentation times.


Full Poster Guidelines

All posters must use the university approved poster template, which can be downloaded at

Graduate Guidelines

Undergraduate Guidelines

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Review Process & Awards 

All posters will undergo a review process during which they will be scored by judges. Evaluations will be based on the abstract, poster content, design, and the live poster session. The rubric that will be used can be viewed below.

Graduate and Professional Rubric

Posters in each category placing in the top 3 will be announced at the CFAES Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 14, 2021 (11:00-2:30pm). First, second, and third place winners in each competition will receive awards of $500, $300, and $150, respectively. Winners must participate in all aspects of the competition to be eligible for award (including attending a poster session).