AGU Virtual Poster Showcase

Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) is a guided peer review process and online presentation competition for Earth and space science students.

VPS Allows Students To:

  • Practice presenting the relevancy and value of their research data
  • Dedicate time to focus on enhancing (if not creating) their abstract and poster
  • Experience the peer-review process in a low-pressure environment
  • Connect with other like-minded students and experts from around the globe

VPS showcases occur twice annually in the spring and fall and are broken into Undergraduate and Graduate level competitions.

Students Will:

  • Gain valuable feedback on their research and presentation from peers and experts
  • Expand their network
  • Receive a certificate of participation
  • Gain citations for their abstract (and CV) — automatically included in AGU’s archive and AGI’s GeoRef – the most comprehensive bibliographic database in the geosciences with over 4 Million references
  • First prize winners will receive funding toward travel and accommodations, and registration to Fall Meeting 2020.

How to Submit

  1. Register/create your VPS profile ($35 fee)
  2. Upload your abstract. (due 1 October 11:59 p.m. ET)
  3. Create video presentation about your research using your phone or camera; upload video and poster to the dashboard. (due 22 October 11:59 p.m. ET)
  4. Review posters of other participants through the VPS dashboard, and vote for the top posters. (23 October to 5 November)
  5. Respond to reviews and questions by science experts assigned to your poster. (6 November to 19 November)
  6. Once the experts’ scores have been received, the best-ranked posters for Undergraduate and Graduate level competitions will be announced on 4 December 2019.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, we hope you join us!

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The Four Stages of VPS

  1. Abstract
  2. Upload
  3. Judging
  4. Recognition

The first step in each showcase is for students to register, fill out a profile, pay, and submit an abstract.


  • The first author (and presenter) on the abstract must be an undergraduate student for the Undergraduate Showcase and a graduate student for the Graduate Showcase.

  • Abstracts must be in English and submitted by the abstract submission deadline. Abstract submission deadline for the Fall 2019 Showcase is 1 October 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.

  • The title is limited to 300 characters and the body is limited to 2000 characters (spaces and punctuation included).

  • There is a $35 (US dollars) administration fee for all abstracts. Once abstracts are successfully uploaded and payment made, students will receive a confirmation email their abstracts have been accepted.

You’ve got your profile set up, and your abstract has officially been accepted! Now, it’s time to create and upload your poster and video presentation explaining the science.

Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know:

  • You can create your poster using a Mac or a PC using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other program.

  • The poster must be one page and in English.

  • Poster dimensions are as follows: The maximum width is 48 inches (130 cm); the maximum height is 36 inches (100 cm). The file size may not exceed 25MB.

  • You must save your file as a PDF. (The virtual poster software does not recognize any other file formats.)

Mark your calendars now — the deadline to upload your poster and video will be 22 October at 11:59 PM ET.

The review, or judging, phase is divided into two efforts: Peer Judging and Expert Judging.

1. Peer Judging: 23 October to 5 November, 2019

The first phase of reviewing is the peer review. The goal is to give students the chance to practice critical thinking, review and rating of data and visual appeal.

This is a fun phase of the showcase because students will be engaging with each other sharing their best thinking. Because of this participation depends on participants being responsive to questions and providing input.

In fact, each lead author is required to judge other posters, plus provide a score based on the visual appeal and scientific content of the poster.

As a result, students:

  • Must be available to log-in to their virtual poster dashboard and respond to questions.
  • Are expected to contribute input (which means engage with authors they are reviewing by asking questions about their posters and research).

2. Expert Judging: 6 November to 19 November, 2019

The second review effort involves the experts (scientists and faculty), who will be reviewing posters based on scientific merit and on visual appeal.

It’s worth noting, as part of the expert review process:

  • Judges will be allowed to submit comments and questions to poster authors.
  • Students with posters being judged will need to be available to log-in to their dashboard and respond in a timely manner.
  • All judge comments and questions PLUS author responses will be posted on author dashboard …a conversation only authors can see
  • Judge comments and questions (only) will, however, be posted online and visible to other presenters and judges. This helps create transparency, as well as provides continued cohort learning.

Once the judges have completed, the entire VPS site (including dashboard access) will close, and winners will be selected and announced shortly thereafter.


You can find a rubric explaining how posters will be judged/each of the categories by clicking here.

Each student will receive a certificate of participation after completing all steps of the Virtual Poster Showcase, including judging their peers’ posters and responding to feedback from expert judges, if appropriate. The first prize winner of the undergraduate and graduate showcases will receive funding towards lodging and airfare (some restrictions apply) and free registration for the Fall Meeting 2020. All winners are strongly encouraged to inform their advisor(s) or department head or research program in which you conducted the research.

A few weeks after the conclusion of your showcase you will receive information about how to cite your abstract. Your abstract will become available in the VPS database shortly thereafter.

Previous Winners