AGU is committed to providing ways for students to receive support for and be recognized for their research, from in-person presentations at our meetings and publishing in AGU’s journals, to career advice and opportunities, and participating on Union committees and task forces. In particular, we recognize how important presenting research is to Earth and space science students, but we also know that barriers such as limited funding and time to travel can make participation difficult.
That’s why I’m pleased to say we are taking a major step to reduce those barriers and to increase research presentation opportunities for students by launching the Virtual Poster Showcase.
This fall, Earth and space science undergraduate and graduate students from around the world have the opportunity to showcase their research from the comfort of their own homes. AGU’s new Virtual Poster Showcase is designed to replicate – as closely as possible – the traditional presentation model, but in a completely virtual platform. Students will submit an abstract, and once it has been accepted, they will be invited to upload an electronic poster and short video presentation of their research results. These presentations will undergo a preliminary review by other student participants, and then the top ranked submissions in each division (e.g., atmospheric sciences, planetary sciences, environmental sciences, etc.) will be evaluated by a panel of experts. All participants will be recognized, and the top ranked presentations overall will win a prize.
What’s in it for you?
The Virtual Poster Showcase is a great opportunity to further your research and gain experience in presenting and being critiqued . . . without the hassle of finding funds and time away from school for travel. You’ll also make new connections with your peers from around the world, as well as with experienced scientists in your discipline, by sharing and soliciting questions, answers and comments about your work. (For faculty members, this is a great opportunity to help your students showcase their work. And for scientists it is a great way to give back your community by serving as a reviewer – without having to be at an in-person presentation on a set time and day!)