Student Poster Competition

Student Poster Competition: Call for Entries

Questions about the student poster compeition should be directed to Brian Gran at or (216) 368-2694.

About the Call for Entries

The Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and its Applications

The human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications (Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) has, until recently, been largely overlooked by governments and human rights organizations, as well as the scientific community.

  • What does this right mean?
  • How is it important?
  • To whom is it important?
  • In what ways could it change the world?

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition seeks to understand how this human right can elevate fundamental scientific values, such as fair access to scientific knowledge, greater scientific freedom, and standards that are pursued all over the world. Important by itself, this human right is also essential to realization of other rights. As a network of scientific, engineering and health organizations that recognize a role for science and technology in promoting human rights, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition has a unique and vital contribution to make to efforts to ensure that governments respect, protect, and fulfill this vital right.

We want to know what you think of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

  • What are benefits of your discipline to society?
  • What are barriers preventing people from accessing benefits of your discipline?
  • What are current areas of research or practice in your field that have human rights implications?
  • What measures should governments put in place to monitor and prevent potential dangers arising from research in your field?
  • What policy changes would foster international cooperation in your discipline?
  • What policies would help diffuse, develop, and conserve science and engineering?

Submitting an Entry

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in the connections between human rights and science, technology, engineering and mathematics? Then--

1. Submit your poster proposal.

Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:59 pm EST.
Send to:
Length: 250 words (not including title and contact information)
Contact information: Please include email address and telephone number by which we can contact you.
University: Please let us know in which university you are enrolled, area of studies, and year of studies.

2. If your proposal is selected (notifications will be sent December 9, 2013), submit your poster.

Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:59 pm EST.
Send to:
Poster presentation: Monday, January 27, 2014, AAAS headquarters, Washington, D.C.

3. If your poster is selected, join us for the January 2014 AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting in Washington, D.C. Student registration for the meeting is free. All other expenses related to participation in the poster competition (including travel) are the student's responsibility.

Student Poster Competition Guidelines

Each applicant can submit only one poster. Presenters are required to be present and display their posters during the assigned judging period during the Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, at AAAS in Washington, DC.

All proposals should contain the following sections:

  • Title
  • Background: A brief statement of the problem or challenge the poster's content will address.
  • Content: An overview of the information to be presented that responds to one of the questions posed in the Call for Entries.
  • Conclusions: A closing statement.

Additional guidelines:

  • The topic of the poster must directly address at least one of the questions presented in the Call for Entries.
  • Proposals must be submitted by one author only, with full contact information, including email address and telephone number. Proposals must also include the university in which the author is enrolled, area of studies and year of studies.
  • Citations are not allowed within the proposal text and will be removed. The proposal must reflect the original thoughts of the author.
  • Proposals that show lack of care or quality control as evidenced by grammatical, punctuation, spelling, and typographical errors are reviewed less favorably. Work must be proofread carefully before submission.
  • Proposals are limited to 250 words. Proposals must be sent as the body of an email or as an attachment to the chair of the poster competition, Brian Gran, at
  • Proposals must be "successfully submitted," by the Submission Deadline: Monday, December 6, 2013, 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.


All poster competition entrants are required to register for the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting. There is no charge for student registration. At this time, funding is not available to support travel to the meeting.

Poster Design

  • Limit the size of your poster to 22" x 28". Poster elements can be mounted with an adhesive on 1/8" (.313") foam-core board.
  • All posters should feature a title, your name, and the name of your university. All lettering should be legible from about 3 feet away.
  • Use color to add emphasis and clarity. Make illustrations simple and bold. Enlarge photos to show pertinent details clearly.
  • Displayed materials should be self-explanatory, freeing you for discussion.
  • Handouts with additional information about your poster topic may be made available for interested viewers.
  • No demonstrations or three-dimensional displays are allowed in a poster session.

Electronic Submission of Posters

An electronic file of the poster must be emailed to the competition chair by Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:59 pm EST. This electronic version will be reviewed by the judges before the presentations.

Poster Presentation

The author of the poster must present the poster for judging at the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting on January 27, 2014. All posters must be displayed on easels, which will be provided on-site. Computer display equipment, sound or projection equipment, or freestanding displays are not permitted.

All posters must be set up during time allotted before the meeting starts in the morning on January 27, 2014, and must remain up until the meeting ends that evening. Materials must then be removed promptly, by the end of the meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. AAAS will not be responsible for material left on easels after the meeting.

Poster Judging

Posters will be judged by members of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition who are qualified scientists, engineers and other professionals in scientific subjects who have experience connecting their professional work to human rights. The judges will consider the poster's relevance to the topic in the Call for Entries, quality of argument demonstrated by the poster and the presentation, creativity in responding to the topic, the student's understanding of the topic evidenced by the presentation, and overall effective communication of the student's ideas.