Undergraduate Poster Competition


Undergraduate Poster Session & Competition

The AbGradCon Undergraduate Poster Session will exhibit scholarly and creative work from undergraduate students across a variety of colleges and schools in the San Diego and the surrounding Southern California area. Poster presenters will share their research, academic projects, or creative ideas in person at the Seaside Forum at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus from 5:00-6:30 pm on May 23, 2023.


The poster session will be taking place during the annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference 2023 (AbGradCon23), offering participants the unique opportunity to present their work to peers and graduate students with no pressure of an advisor or potential employer watching!


Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to apply and present their work if it is astrobiology or STEM related, which includes research from the following fields:

·      Astronomy

·      Physics

·      Planetary science

·      Geology

·      Remote sensing

·      Biology

·      Ecology

·      Microbiology

·      Chemistry

·      Biogeochemistry

·      Philosophy

·      Engineering

·      Atmospheric science


Students interested in presenting should fill out the application form by May 5, 2023. Applicants must attach a PDF of their poster abstract (250 words maximum) upon submission. Decision emails for presenters will be sent to applicants by May 8, 2023.



All student presenters will be competing for monetary awards, including a $200 first place award, a $100 second place award, and a $50 third place award and several AbGradCon swag gifts.


Poster Presentations

Student presenters should display 36” x 48” posters on the day of the event

(Portrait orientations encouraged, landscape orientations also accepted).


Cosmic Tour, Presented by UCSD’s OIR Lab

Student presenters will receive a complementary 30-minute Cosmic Tour planetarium show on their presentation date. This show will take you on a tour of the cosmos and bring the universe to you, no oxygen masks required!