Poster Competition Information for Students

You are invited to participate in the 14th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in Anaheim, California.

The Competition will be held in the Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom D/E, on the third floor.

Prizes (cash) will be awarded to students making the best poster presentations at the competition.

The competition is a great opportunity to meet fellow undergraduate attendees and make friends and contacts before the meeting even starts.

Graduate Program Sponsors will be on hand to share information about exciting graduate school opportunities and to hand out cool stuff.  Be sure to visit with them during the networking refreshment break.

Sign Up

IF you submitted your qualtifying abstract by the November 10th extended early abstract deadline and forgot to enter the competition, you will receive an email invite on or before December 31, 2009.

1. You must sign up for the competition when submitting your ASBMB Annual Meeting abstract on line by the November 4, 2009 abstract deadline.

2. First author must be identified as an 'Undergraduate Student' and you must submit the abstract to an ASBMB Topic Category to be eligible to participate.

3. IMPORTANT: Check the ASBMB Undergraduate Student Poster Competition check box. The check box appears following your selection of an ASBMB Topic Category.

4. If you did not check the Poster Competition box, or did not select an ASBMB topic category, return to the abstract submission site prior to the November 4, 2009 abstract submission deadline and select the option to ‘Edit’ your abstract. Select the tab for “Other Information” and check the Poster Competition box. Scroll to the bottom of the page to ‘Save and Continue.’ Review your abstract to complete and update your competition participation status.

5. All communication regarding this Competition will be sent to the email address provided with the abstract submission.


1) Posters must be on display for the entire competition.

2) Participants must be present for the entire competition and actively participate even when not presenting their work.  You can view and ask questions about other students' posters and visit with Graduate Program representatives.

3) Poster manning times and poster board numbers will be assigned at check in the day of the competition, 30 minutes prior to the competition start time.

4) Participant must be the first author of the abstract. NO ‘co-first authors’ permitted.

5) Abstracts must be submitted to an ASBMB Topic Category, per the instructions above. View the list of 2010 ASBMB Topic Categories 

6) Abstracts submitted to other societies’ topic categories are not eligible to participate in this competition.

7) Abstracts must be ‘successfully submitted,’ by the Abstract Submission Deadline. ‘Incomplete’ and ‘pending’ status abstracts will not be accepted.

8) Late-Breaking abstracts cannot be accepted without prior approval from the ASBMB Poster Organizing Committee and ASBMB Meetings Office.  

9) Participant must be an undergraduate. (December, 2009 and Spring 2010 graduates are eligible to participate in the 2010 Competition.)

IMPORTANT: All poster competition participants will present the same poster two times during the meeting: 1) Poster Competition on Saturday, and 2) Main EB Meeting (April 25-27). The exact day and time of your second poster presentation will be emailed to you on approximately February 10, 2010.

Meeting Registration

Undergraduate students receive free meeting registration which is available on-site only.

To avoid delays, plan to arrive at the Experimental Biology main registration area in the Convention Center lobby Friday afternoon (beginning at 1:00 PM) or early on Saturday morning (beginning at 7:00 AM).

IMPORTANT: Participants should consider airline schedules to insure an on time arrival for the Poster Competition.

Awards Presentation

Awards will be presented in a ceremony scheduled on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education Lecture, beginning at 12:30 PM. All poster competition participants, not scheduled to present their posters in the main meeting during this time, and their mentors are expected to attend.

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