Poster Competition

Poster Competition

Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 9, 2017 FABTECH 2017 - McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

The AWS Poster Session is an integral part of the AWS Professional Program. Graphic displays of technical achievements are presented for close, first-hand examination in the Poster Session. Posters present welding results and related material, which are best communicated visually, as well as research results that call for close study of photomicrographs, tables, systems architecture, or other illustrative materials.

Posters are presented in five categories:

  • Students in High School Welding Program
  • Students in a Two-Year College or Certificate Program
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Professionals

New Increased Poster Prizes:
1st Place:             $750

2nd Place:           $500

3rd Place:            $300

Poster Submittal Form

Rules and Guidelines

OVERVIEW: THE PURPOSES OF THIS COMPETITION ARE TO

  • To advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes through poster length communication of investigative work undertaken to address a technical challenge.
  • Highlight quality investigative work in the field of welding allied joining and cutting processes along with recognizing the investigators and institutions that support these endeavors.
  • Promote the science, technology and application of welding to address technical and commercial challenges.
  • Promote development of students' communication skills.
  • Promote development of students' knowledge of welding and related technologies.

POSTER REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Only those abstracts submitted online will be considered. Follow the guidelines and word limits indicated.
  • Any technical topic relevant to the welding industry is acceptable (e.g. welding processes & controls, welding procedures, welding design, structural integrity related to welding, weld inspection, welding metallurgy, etc.).
  • Submittals that are incomplete and that do not satisfy these basic guidelines will not be considered for competition.

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

Posters accepted for competition will be judged based on technical content, clarity of communication, novelty/relevance of the subject & ideas conveyed and overall aesthetic impression.

Criteria by Category

HIGH SCHOOL – JUNIOR / SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Junior or Senior high school students enrolled in a welding concentration at the time of submittal.
Presentation should represent technical concepts and application to the welding industry. Practical application and creativity are important and should be demonstrated.

View Suggested Topics (not limited to those listed) for High School, Certificate and 2 Year Students


STUDENT – 2 YEAR COLLEGE / CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
For students enrolled in 2 yr. college and/or certificate programs at time of submittal.
Presentation need not represent actual experimental work. Rather, emphasis is placed on demonstrating a clear understanding of technical concepts and subject matter. Practical application is important and should be demonstrated.

View Suggested Topics (not limited to those listed) for High School, Certificate and 2 Year Students


STUDENT – BACCALAUREATE ENGINEERING
For students enrolled in baccalaureate engineering programs at the time of submittal. Poster should represent the student’s own experimental work. Emphasis is place on demonstrating a clear understanding of technical concepts and subject matter. Practical application and/or potential relevance to the welding industry is important and should be demonstrated.

STUDENT – BACCALAUREATE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
For students enrolled in engineering technology programs at the time of submittal. The poster should represent the student's own experimental work, applied extension of research, some aspect of applied welding technology, or practical application of a welding process. Emphasis is place on demonstrating a clear understanding of technical concepts, scientific concept, and subject matter. Application and/or potential relevance to the welding industry is important and should be demonstrated.


STUDENT – GRADUATE ENGINEERING / ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
For students enrolled in graduate degree programs in engineering or engineering technology at time of submittal.Poster should represent the student’s own experimental work. Poster must demonstrate technical or scientific concepts. Emphasis is placed on originality and novelty of ideas presented. Potential relevance to the welding industry is important and should be demonstrated.


PROFESSIONAL – WORKING IN WELDING INDUSTRY
For anyone working in the welding industry or related field.
Poster must demonstrate technical or scientific concepts. Emphasis is placed on original contributions and the novelty of the presentation. Potential relevance to the welding industry is important and should be demonstrated.

DESIGN GUIDELINES

NOTE: POSTERS THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO THE SIZE AND LAYOUT GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS.

BASIC STRUCTURE

The poster should contain the following sections:

  • Title, Author(s), and affiliation(s)
  • Problem Statement: Brief overview + concise statement of the problem
  • Experimental Method: Brief description of the experimental procedures
  • Results: Display the data from the experiments; limit to 3 figures + tables (combined); limited text
  • Discussion: What does the data mean? Explanation of the significance of the results
  • Conclusion: Limit to three bullet points (a few easily remembered key conclusions), may note possible future research with additional bullet
  • Acknowledgments: Acknowledge individuals, other than authors, who contributed to the project (especially sponsors)

POSTER SIZE AND LAYOUT
Use portrait orientation; do not use landscape orientation

  • Size: 28 in. wide X 22 in. long OR 28 in. wide x 44 in. long
  • Subject must be clearly readable from at least 10 feet away
  • Format: PDF or PowerPoint
  • Bright background colors should not compete with information and overwhelm the viewer

LETTERING:

  • Title – at least 72 pt., bold Arial font
  • Section Headings – at least 48 pt., bold Arial font
  • Body Text – at least 24 pt., Arial font
  • Use bulleted lists where possible instead of paragraphs
  • Dark lettering on a light background is more readable than light colored lettering on a dark background

FIGURES:

  • Figures should be at least 5” x 7”
  • All figures should have captions
  • All micrographs should have a scale marker
  • Photos at least 300 dpi in the final size; avoid web captures (low resolution); crop photos to highlight the important features
  • Use of thin black border around photos to help them stand out from the background is recommended

GRAPHS:

  • Don’t necessarily use the default spreadsheet format; alter graph text size for readability on poster; consider matching your graph and poster color schemes
  • Avoid 3-D graphs (difficult to interpret)

GENERAL TIPS

  • Your poster is a visual presentation of information; it should not simply reproduce a written paper at poster size
  • Poster should provide a clear flow of information from introduction to conclusion
  • Text should be concise enough to be read in under 5 minutes
  • Have a colleague or instructor proofread your poster to check for errors and to make sure it reads as smoothly as you think it does.

JUDGING CRITERIA

TECHNICAL CONTENT (40 POINTS) – demonstration of sound problem solving process and use of investigative techniques. Value added to the welding community.

DELIVERY (25 POINTS) – clear explanation of steps taken to address the welding challenge from problem statement through to conclusions.


PRESENTATION (20 POINTS) – quality and clarity of poster layout.


IMAGE AND FIGURE QUALITY (15 POINTS) – clearly labeled and easily understood figures and tables, to include axes and captions. Scale bars must be used in photo/macro/micrographs, and proper use of units is required.

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