Call for posters: UK Sustainability announces research poster competition

Lee T. Todd, Jr. Student Innovation Scholar Lucas Bertucci (left) with former UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., at the 2022 UK Sustainability Showcase. Photo provided by OUR.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2023) — University of Kentucky graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract and poster for the third annual sustainability research poster competition held in conjunction with the annual UK Sustainability Showcase on Sept. 27.

Posters must be related to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth — all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The UK Student Sustainability Council and the Office of Undergraduate Research are partnering to offer an opportunity for students in all majors to submit their sustainability-related research as a poster for a general audience.

“This poster competition is important to the University of Kentucky because it gives a platform to a broad spectrum of students to display their work that has the opportunity to create awareness and engagement within the community,” said Bridget Bolt, 2021 sustainability poster competition winner and current graduate student majoring in integrated plant and soil sciences. “Along with this, it is encouraging an interdisciplinary collaboration while bringing together people from various academic backgrounds to allow innovative conversations and ideas in supporting a more sustainable world.”

Judges with relevant expertise will review all posters and winners will be selected in both undergraduate and graduate categories.

Students can present their posters during the UK Sustainability Showcase from 5-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Healthy Kentucky Research Building (HKRB) on Sept. 27.

First place ($250), second place ($150) and People’s Choice ($100) awards will be presented to winners during a special awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The winners of the UK Sustainability Challenge Grants will also be announced.

The submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 18.

Posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Content (poster demonstrates clarity of topic, objective and background)
  • Motivation for research and technical relevance to sustainability
  • Methodology and approach to problem
  • Quality of proposed research results/findings
  • Conclusions are supported by information presented
  • Poster presentation (display aesthetics and logical flow between sections)
  • Understandability (poster is effective even without student explaining it)
  • Overall rank versus other posters in each category

More information, including registration and submission guidelines, is available here.

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