Frequently Asked Questions from Students:
Yes! Our Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) allows students to present their research right from campus. There’s no need for travel—in four easy steps, you can present your research and participate in the Virtual Poster Showcase.
Undergraduate students (pursuing a bachelor’s, bachelor’s honors, or associate’s degree) may participate in both the Fall and Spring Showcases, and the Fall Showcase is open to graduate students (pursuing a master’s or Ph.D.). Beginning in Spring 2017, select high school students will also be participating.
No. AGU membership is not required. You do not need to belong to any professional organization to participate in the Virtual Poster Showcase.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically, and they must be written in English. Titles are limited to 300 characters, and the body is limited to 2000. Please note that character counts include punctuation and spaces. See our Guide to Writing an AGU Abstract for more help.
You can use a Mac or PC to create your poster with PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other program you like. The file size may not exceed 25 MB, and the physical poster may not exceed 48 inches wide or 36 inches tall. Your file must be saved as a PDF.
Your poster’s design can make or break your presentation. To ensure that you don’t lose your message, it’s best to check that your design doesn’t overshadow the content, the visuals are relevant and easy to see, all text is legible, and the layout is consistent throughout.
Your video must show you explaining your poster in no more than 5 minutes. When filming, make sure to adjust the camera view to show both the student and the poster. You can use a smartphone and upload the video to YouTube. Then, add the YouTube link to the VPS platform when you upload your poster PDF.
Each student will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the entire VPS process. Your abstract will become available in our database, which is still under construction, and you will have an official citation for your work as a result of your participation. Please note that participating includes peer reviewing three peer posters and responding to judges’ feedback if appropriate. The top-ranked students in each division will receive an award for their achievement, and the grand prize winner will receive funding toward lodging and airfare as well as a complimentary registration for the 2017 Fall Meeting.
In order to receive a certificate, you must successfully submit a poster and participate in the peer review phase by judging the posters you have been assigned.
You cannot submit the same abstract to two programs simultaneously. If you are unable to attend Fall Meeting, there will still be time to withdraw your abstract from Fall Meeting and submit it to VPS. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw your Fall Meeting abstract.
Students may not submit exactly the same research to VPS as they have to another conference or meeting. You may use a piece of your previously-presented work, but you may not submit an entire project that has already been presented off campus.
Peer reviews can be found within the Virtual Poster Showcase platform, under the Judging tab.
Absolutely not. Those students who review your work will not be judged by you.
The “gold standard” is outlined in the rubric. You may use that as a guide as you review and judge the posters assigned to you.
If you recently entered graduate school but would like to submit research you completed as an undergraduate student, you are eligible to submit it to the Undergraduate Showcase of VPS.
During registration, after you populate the ‘Country’ field with your qualifying country, the fee will automatically adjust to $0.
Frequently Asked Questions from Faculty:
There are several showcases scheduled throughout the year. See the timelines for our annual showcases.
Students are not required to be members; they must only be students who are conducting research.
Check the home page to see the showcase timelines. You can also sign up for email alerts about upcoming showcases. Or print our flyer and post it in your office.
Yes. As long as they are active students who are conducting research, they can participate in the Graduate Student Showcase. The graduate student must be the lead author on the abstract.
Yes. If they have conducted research, they are eligible to submit an abstract. The undergraduate student must be the lead author on the abstract.
We are currently piloting a program to include high school students in VPS. If your students perform original research, they may be able to participate in VPS. In order to be eligible, the lead author must be a high school student. Educators (teachers or project advisors) cannot be listed as the lead author. Please contact us at VPS@agu.org to see if VPS can work with your curriculum.
Yes, as long as one student is the lead author, the work is eligible for the Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS).
Yes. Your entire class could coauthor a poster, if desired, but there must be one lead author.
Yes. As a faculty member/researcher, you can be listed as a coauthor. However, the lead author must be a student.
Encourage your students to participate individually, or have them submit a group abstract with one student as the lead author. You can always contact a VPS team member at VPS@agu.org.
Yes. Please email us so we can arrange a special coupon code, which will allow your student(s) to submit the abstract, but you will be invoiced once the submission has closed.
Yes. Research that has been presented in class and on campus is fair game, but presentations given to other organizations should not be repeated verbatim.
Titles are limited to 300 characters, and the body is limited to 2000. Note that this includes spaces and punctuation marks. You can also point them toward our Guide to Writing an AGU Abstract for more help.
You do not need to use any special film equipment. If they wish, students can use a smartphone and upload their video to YouTube. Check out our tutorial for more help.
Students can use a Mac or PC to create a poster with PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other program they like. The file size may not exceed 25 MB, and the physical poster may not exceed 48 inches wide or 36 inches tall. The file must be saved as a PDF.
To ensure your student’s poster is easy to read and understand, it’s best to check that their design doesn’t overshadow their content, the visuals are relevant and easy to see, all text is legible, and the layout is consistent throughout.
Yes, as long as they conducted the research as undergraduate students, graduates may participate in VPS.