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MPD Student Poster Contest  

2014 MPD Student Poster Contest

SME's Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division invites all interested students to participate in its Student Poster Contest in conjunction with the 2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Salt Lake City, UT. Details of the contest are as follows:

  • There will be two levels of judging: graduate students and undergraduate students. All students must enter individually: posters must be attributed to a single author.
  • Prizes of $1000, $500 and $300 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at each level.
  • All other participants* will receive $100; see below for stipulations on participation.
  • All participants will receive one complimentary ticket to the MPD Luncheon at the Annual Meeting.
  • Students will give an oral (5 min) presentation in an MPD session on Wednesday morning at 9 am in addition to presenting their poster at the MPD luncheon.
  • Judging will focus on the quality of abstract, oral presentation and poster.
  • The authors of winning posters will receive a complimentary online subscription to SME’s prestigious peer-reviewed journal, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing [] and a print copy of M&MP's August 2014 Student Poster Contest issue.
  • All winning poster abstracts will be submitted to peer review; all abstracts that pass peer review will be considered for publication in the August 2014 issue of M&MP. Revision is typically required in order to pass peer review.
  • * To qualify as a participant, a contest entrant must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university; must submit an abstract and a poster as per the guidelines posted above; and must be registered and have made plans to attend the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.

Abstracts and posters must conform to the guidelines posted below (see also here, PDF) and must be submitted to Dr. Emily Sarver via email to


Submission deadline is Saturday, February 1, 2014. 



Guidelines for the 2014 Student Poster Contest


Failure to follow the guidelines listed here will result in ineligibility.



Your abstract must be received by the stated submission deadline, no exceptions.


Formatting requirements

  • 1 page (including text and graphics); 8.5” x 11” paper size; 0.75” margins.
  • 10-point (minimum), Arial or Times font; 1.0 line spacing (minimum).
  • Major headings should be in all caps and bolded (e.g., “INTRODUCTION”); minor headings (if applicable) should be bolded and italicized (e.g., “Aims”).
  • PDF file format.

Abstract must include

  • Title.
  • Student author information (name, affiliation, level, email address, mailing address).
  • Research advisor information (Name, department, email address, professional mailing address).

Suggested sections

  • Introduction (background/context, motivation and aims of the research).
  • Materials and Methods (if applicable).
  • Results and Discussion (include any major findings and their implications).
  • Conclusions.



  • A poster size of 44” x 35” is suggested, but not required.
  • Many helpful guides to poster design have been put forth and can be easily found online, such as this guide by the Cornell Center for Materials Research: (
  • You must hang your poster in the session area at least 15 minutes prior to the judging session (location and time TBA).



  • Your presentation can be NO MORE THAN 5 minutes; presentations that go over the time limit will be penalized during judging.
  • You must prepare slides to accompany your talk; MS PowerPoint is recommended to ensure compatibility with software on the provided computer in the session room.
  • You must arrive to the oral presentation session room at least 10 minutes prior to the session start time to ensure your slides are properly loaded onto provided computer in the room (location and time TBA); you may not use your own computer.


Submission deadline is Saturday, February 1, 2014. 


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