16th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition

The ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 in San Diego, CA at the Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina! 


Judging begins at 1:00 PM and concludes at 4:30 PM.  Competitors must be present for the entire event.


Cash prizes 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 Exhibitors 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.

How do I sign up to compete in the ASBMB Undergraduate Poster Competition?

Undergraduate students who are the first author of an abstract submitted to an ASBMB topic category (#2000-2432) by the November 8th deadline will receive an email invitation in mid-January. 

Check your spam filter and junk mail folder around this time.

If you have followed the abstract submission rules below and have not received your electronic invitiation by January 23, please contact undergradposter@asbmb.org with your inquiry. 


Poster Competition Rules 

1) Posters must remain on display from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, NO Exceptions.
2) Participants must be present for the entirety of the scheduled competition and actively participate even when not manning/presenting his/her poster.  You can view and ask questions about other students' posters and visit with graduate program representatives when you are not manning your poster. 
3) Poster manning times and poster board numbers will be assigned at check the day of the competition. 
4) First author status must be identified as an 'Undergraduate Student," in order to receive an invitation to compete.
5) Each participant must be the first author of a unique abstract submission.  Only the first author listed on the abstract can compete.  NO ‘co-first authors’ permitted. 
6) Abstracts must be submitted to an ASBMB topic category, those with a #2000-2432 and ASBMB designation.  View the list of qualifying 2012 ASBMB topic categories  If you need to edit your topic category selection, you may do so until the November 8 deadline by logging into the abstract site as a returning user.  Be sure to follow all system prompts to completely review and save any changes. 
7) Abstracts submitted to other societies’ topic categories are not eligible to participate in this competition. 
8) Abstracts must be ‘successfully submitted,’ by the Abstract Submission Deadline. ‘Incomplete’ and ‘pending’ status abstracts will not be invited or programmed for presentation. 
9) Late-Breaking abstracts cannot be included as part of the poster competition.  Undergraduate authors of late-breaking abstracts are welcome to attend the event, but cannot compete/present.
) Participant must be an undergraduate. (December, 2011 graduates that have not already enrolled in a Graduate Program and Spring 2012 graduates are eligible to participate in the competition.) 

IMPORTANT: All poster competition participants will present the same poster two times during the ASBMB Annual Meeting: 1) Poster Competition on Saturday, and 2) Main EB Meeting (April 22-25). The exact day and time of your second poster presentation will be emailed to you in early February. 

Meeting Registration

Undergraduate students receive free meeting registration available on-site in the Convention Center Lobby, Saturday beginning at 7:00 a.m. 

While a meeting badge is not required to access the competition location within the Marriott hotel, you will want to be wearing your badge with your name during the competition.  

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 22, 2012, at the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education Lecture, beginning at 12:30 PM.  Check the program for the location within the Convention Center.

Some posters will unavoidably be scheduled for presentation during the main meeting in conflict with the Awards Ceremony.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.  All poster competition participants, not scheduled to present their posters in the main meeting during this time, and their mentors are expected to attend.