For Students: Poster Competition

2015 Winners

1st Place - Charles Edmunds, North Carolina State University, USA - "Fungal Pretreatment Method Optimization for Small Wood Samples Degraded by Ceriporiopsis Subvermispora"

2nd Place - Changlei Xia, University of North Texas, "Self-Activation Process for Biomass Based Activated Carbon"

3rd Place - Jinxue Jiang, Washington State University, "Multi-technique Characterization of Douglas-fir Cell Wall Deconstruction during Mechanical Milling Pretreatment"

2015 Participants

Comparative Life Cycle Analysis of Fossil and Bio-based PET Bottles, by Luyi Chen, University of Minnesota, USA

Gender Diversity Impacts on Firm Performance in Forest Sector Firms, by Kendall Conroy, Oregon State University, USA

Fungal Pretreatment Method Optimization for Small Wood Samples Degraded by Ceriporiopsis Subvermispora, by Charles Edmunds, North Carolina State University, USA

Synthesis of TEMPO Cellulose Nanofibrils stabilized Copper Nanoparticles and its Release from Antimicrobial Polyvinyl Alcohol Film, by Changle Jiang, West Virginia University, USA

Multi-technique Characterization of Douglas-fi r Cell Wall Deconstruction during Mechanical Milling Pretreatment, by Jinxue Jiang, Washington State University, USA

Optimization Study on Yield of CNC Cutting Wood-based Composite Panels for Upholstery Furniture Frames, by Arif Caglar Konukcu, Mississippi State University, USA

Water States in Black Spruce and Aspen During Drying Studied by Time-Domain Magnetic Resonance Devices, by Clevan Lamason, University of New Brunswick, Canada

The Effects of Soil Parent Material and Nitrogen Fertilization on Wood Quality of Douglas-fi r in the
Pacific Northwest, by Luyi Li, University of Washington, USA

Soybean Meal-Based Adhesive Enhanced by a Commercial Epoxy Resin and a Post Heat Treatment, by Jing Luo, Beijing Forestry University, China

Multi-scale Investigation of Adhesive Bond Durability, by Paige McKinley, Oregon State University, USA

Moisture Stability of Post-manufacture Thermally Modified Welded Birch (Betula pendula L.) Wood, by Jussi Ruponen, Aalto University, Finland

Effect of Cross-laminated Timber Floor Deaphragm Orientation on Shear Stiffness and Strength, by Kyle Sullivan, Oregon State University, USA

Current Trends in Furniture Trade, by Cagatay Tasdemir, Purdue University, USA

Manufacturing and Mechanical Characterization of a 3D Molded Core Strand Panel, by Daniel Way, Oregon State University, USA
Self-Activation Process for Biomass Based Activated Carbon, by Changlei Xia, University of North Texas, USA

Hybrids of TEMPO Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Copper Nanoparticles Embedded in Polyvinyl Alcohol Films for Antimicrobial Applications, by Tuhua Zhong, West Virginia University, USA

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

16:15 to 19:15 (4:15 to 7:15 p.m.)

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 Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 15:00 to 18:00 (3:00 to 6:00 p.m.) 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 November 15, 2014. 

Student Travel Grants

The SWST Student Travel Grant Program provides partial support for travel expenses to attend the 2015 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 up to $500 with up to ten grants to be awarded.

Judging Procedures

Posters can be set up anytime beginning Monday, June 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. but before the competition on June 9. Posters must be removed by end of the day on June 12, 2015.

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 2015 dues of $35 and has registered for the convention in order to participate in the Competition.