AOCS Student e-Poster Pitch Competition

AOCS Student e-Poster Pitch Competition

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to advance your career and grow your network, all in one place. Professionals from all over the world come together online and in-person to share insights and perspectives while building new connections.

AOCS Student e-Poster Pitch Competition

Sponsored by the AOCS Foundation and supported by the AOCS Divisions.

About the Competition

The Student e-Poster Pitch Competition gives student researchers an opportunity to highlight their achievements, demonstrate their ability in scientific presentations, and receive important feedback and mentoring from industry leaders.

E-posters will be presented as a single page PDF with static text and images. Up to five finalists will be selected from each interest area to give a 5-minute oral presentation during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. At the conclusion of each Division’s oral competition session, the viewing audience will be encouraged to vote for their favorite pitch!

Awards (per Division):

First place winners receive:

  • US $200 cash prize
  • Recognition certificate
  • 2022 AOCS student membership
  • Recognition in the AOCS Newsletter
  • Recognition in the applicable Division Newsletter

Second place winners receive:

  • US $100 cash prize
  • Recognition certificate
  • Recognition in the applicable Division Newsletter

Submission System and Eligibility

The competition is open to individuals who are full-time students at the time of submission for work recently performed while enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree program.

Please carefully review the Guidelines & CadmiumCD User Guide (PDF) for detailed instructions regarding abstract submisison, selection criteria and more.

Key Dates

  • September 1, 2020: Abstract collection site opens.
  • January 15, 2021: Deadline for abstract submissions.
  • February 19, 2021: e-poster uploads begin.
  • March 12, 2021: Deadline to upload e-poster presentations.
  • April 12, 2021: Finalists will be announced and will receive guidelines on how to prepare for the live presentation.
  • April 19, 2021: Deadline for meeting registration.
  • May 2021: Live oral presentations by finalists.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the AOCS Student e-Poster Pitch Competition, please contact AOCS staff at or +1 217-693-4831.