For Students: Poster Competition

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Winners

1st Place - Bryan Dick, North Carolina Statue University, USA
1st Place - Charles Edmunds, North Carolina State University, USA
3rd Place - Melanie Blumentritt, University of Maine, USA

2014 Participants

Melanie Blumentritt, University of Maine, USA - Life Cycle Assessment of Exported Torrefied Wood Pellets (TOP) from Maine to the European Union

Bryan Dick, North Carolina State University, USA - Changes in the Anatomy of Exposed Roots of Some Hardwood Species

Charles Edmunds, North Carolina State University, USA - Thermo-mechanical Properties of Genetically Modified Populus trichocarpa

Alexandra Himsel, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, Austria - Rheometer Method to Determine Factors Influencing Sticking Behaviour of Aminoplastic Resins

Chloé Maury, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada - Study of Mechanical Properties of Composites Based on TEMPO-oxidized Cellulose Gel and Silica Nanoparticles

Zachary Miller, North Carolina State University, USA - Comparing Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Young Transgenic Black Cottonwood Trees Modified for Reduction of Specific Genes in Lignin Biosynthesis

Jimmy Thomas, The Rubber Board and University of Canterbury, New Zealand - Novel Imaging and 3D rendering Techniques to Visualize Spiral Grain in Pinus radiata

Past Winners


The purpose of the Student Poster Competition is to:

  1. Encourage student membership and participation in SWST
  2. Encourage student attendance at the SWST Annual Convention
  3. Recognize excellence in student research, and
  4. Improve the visibility of student research efforts
Student Poster competition


The competition will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 15:00 to 18:00 during the Technical Poster Session of the International Convention. All undergraduate and graduate students who are members of SWST may participate. There should be no coauthors on the poster session; however, faculty sponsors and funding agencies should be identified in both the abstract and poster display


Before the competition, students will be presented a Certificate of Participation to display on their posters.

First place: $500 and a first place plaque
Second place: $250 and a second place plaque
Third place: $125 and a third place plaque

Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony Banquet. All participants will be announced in one of the SWST publications.

Application Procedures

To apply, a student must submit the following materials to the SWST Executive Director by December 1, 2013. 

Student Travel Grants

The SWST Student Travel Grant Program provides partial support for travel expenses to attend the 2014 SWST International Convention. Students selected for support under this grant program will be expected to present a research poster at the Convention. Each grant will consist of an award of $500 with up to ten grants to be awarded.

Judging Procedures

Posters can be set up anytime beginning Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. but before the competition on June 24. Posters must be removed by end of the day on June 26, 2014. 

The abstracts and poster presentations will be evaluated by a committee of 4 judges (the Chair of the Education Center and three others) on a 100-point scale:

Submitted abstract:
 1.  Soundness of research hypothesis (10 points)
 2.  Scientific writing ability (10 points)
 3.  Organization (10 points)
Poster presentation:
  1.  Scientific merit (newness, breadth of interest, potential impact of the research) (15 points)
  2.  Experimental design and thoroughness of investigation (15 points)
  3.  Validity of conclusions (15 points)
  4.  Organization and visual quality of presentation (15 points)
  5.  Response to questions of judges (10 points)

The chair of the Education Committee will have overall responsibility for the competition including selecting judges. Judges will not assess student posters on whose committees they serve. The chair of the judging committee does not vote except when one of the other judges is exempted. Posters will be presented in English.

NOTE: You must be a member of SWST who has paid their 2014 dues of $25 and has registered for the convention in order to participate in the Competition.