Environmental Division Student Poster Contest

The Environmental Division (ED) welcomes both graduate and undergraduate participants from a diversity of universities.

The ED annual student poster session is a way to encourage and foster the next generation of Geologists, Geological Engineers, Environmental Engineers, and Environmental Scientists, and to support their academic achievements.


The Environmental Division of SME holds an annual student poster contest as a way to encourage and foster the next generation of environmental geologists, scientists and engineers, and to help support their academic achievements. The Environmental Division welcomes graduate and undergraduate student participation from all our SME Student Chapters and a diversity of universities to take part during the 2021 Environmental Division Student Video Poster Contest.

2021 ED Student Poster Contest

Given the unique challenges for this year, the Environmental Division has opted to modify the poster contest to provide a better platform to showcase the student research in a virtual setting. Rather than a traditional poster contest, students will instead submit short videos of their research. These videos will be compiled and assessed by a panel of industry judges, and the top videos will be highlighted in a virtual video session later in the spring.

Prizes are $1,000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd.

Contest Details:

  • The contest is open to graduate students and undergraduate students.

  • There will be two phases of judging: abstracts and poster presentations.

  • Videos will be advertised to the general Environmental Division membership and will provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss your research.

Contest Format:

  • Participants will submit a 1-page abstract by March 31, 2021 to Jen Pepe at jpepe@golder.com.

  • Within 7 days, students will receive an acceptance or rejection email concerning the next phase.

  • If accepted, students will prepare a 3- 5-minute video where they present their research using a slide presentation. The final videos will be due on April 21, 2021.

  • ​Judging will focus on the technical quality of the research, the written quality of the abstract, and the presentation during the video.

  • ​Winners will be announced during a virtual video session in late April.

The Environmental Division is requesting that one-page abstracts be submitted to Jen Pepe at jpepe@golder.com. The student poster session provides an excellent opportunity for student interaction with professionals to talk about their work and possibly even future career opportunities. If you would like further information regarding the session, please do not hesitate to contact me.