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WPC21 Student Poster Competition

Poster Session: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Set Up: 8:00-9:00 am
Judging: 9:30-11:00 am
Awards Announcement: 3:15 pm (during the Young Professionals Technical Session)


Contest is open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students at engineering, technical, and technological schools in Kentucky and Tennessee. Poster themes should focus on areas of interest to KY/TN Section AWWA (AWWA) and/or CWP-KT (WEF) - including but not limited to:

     Drinking Water       Clean Water/Wastewater       Stormwater/Environmental
  • Source Water Quality
  • Water Treatment Processes
  • Water Distribution Systems
  • Water Conservation/Reuse
  • Wastewater Collection Systems
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes
  • Effluent Reuse
  • Solids Handling
  • Stream & stormwater collection system hydraulics
  • Surface & groundwater hydrology (quantity & quality)
  • Stream & wetland repair & restoration
  • Stormwater green infrastructure


Registration Guidelines and Selection Criteria

  • Register using THIS FORM by May 3, 2021. 
  • Title should contain no more than 12 words.
  • Abstract should be 200 words or less.

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Selection Criteria

  • Project abstracts will be used to pre-screen submissions for acceptance.
  • Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • Originality
    • Relevance of Topic
    • Technical Content
  • Accepted submissions will be notified by email by May 17, 2021.

Competition Details & Poster Guidelines

  • Presenters will be eligible for:
    • Free admission to WPC on Tuesday, August 17 (including lunch and exhibit hall access)
    • $100 Travel Stipend (limit one per poster)
    • 1 year student membership to both AWWA (KY/TN Section AWWA) and WEF (CWP-KT)
    • Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place winners. 
  • Presenters must prepare a poster for display on a single poster board (36" tall x 48" wide; portrait layout)
  • Posters should effectively communicate the following:
    • Introduction
    • Methods used
    • Results
    • Analysis of results
    • Conclusions/Recommendations
    • References and acknowledgements
  • Poster must be set up by 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
  • Poster should be taken down at noon


Judging Criteria


Judging will be based on a comparison of scores from all judges. Students will have 5 minutes to give judges an overview of their work.  Judges will then ask questions and score posters using the following criteria.


Visual Appeal - Overall appearance of poster, attractiveness, draws the viewer in - 20%

  • Poster text should be clearly readable from a distance of 4 ft.
  • Figures, tables and diagrams have descriptive title and a figure number
  • Color scheme is not too distracting

Content - Enough to describe the research but not so much it’s more an article than a poster. Effective use of visuals such as photos, graphs/charts - 20%

  • Is sufficient background information provided to establish significance of study/problem?
  • Is methods sufficiently understood?
  • Do results address introduction question? Are results clear?
  • Are appropriate conclusions drawn? Was research skewed in any way?
  • References and Acknowledgments are cited and provided?

Organization - Logical, layout that adds to message conveyance - 20%

  • Consistent format
  • Poster appears well organized
  • Spelling or Grammatical Errors

Abstract - Accurately and succinctly summarizes the poster (may be in program and on poster) - 20%

Conversation - Ability of student to describe and discuss work - 20 %

Registration Form

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