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Registration Deadline: January 7, 2025, 11:59 PM, USA Eastern

To recognize the increasingly high quality of undergraduate research and to encourage further participation of undergraduates in the Biophysical Society and at the Annual Meeting, the Society awards and recognizes up to ten outstanding students who give the best overall poster presentations during the Undergraduate Mixer & Undergraduate Poster Award Competition at the Annual Meeting each year on Saturday from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM.

Students are judged on the quality and scientific merit of their research, knowledge of the research problem, contribution to the project, and overall presentation of the poster. Judges look for students to present a clearly stated question, hypothesis, results, and conclusions.

To participate in the Undergraduate Poster Award Competition, the following rules apply:

  • The student must be a member of the Biophysical Society with current year membership dues paid.
  • The student must be either the first or second author on the poster being presented, with an abstract submitted to the meeting. Abstracts must be submitted by the Late Abstract Deadline, January 7, 2025.
  • The student must present the poster during the Undergraduate Mixer and Poster Award Competition.

Please note that students who wish to compete using the same poster must be a first or second author on the poster, enter as an individual, and have their own copy of the poster to present to the judges (sharing a single poster will not be allowed in the competition). Students are also expected to describe their specific role and contribution to the project. 

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

SRAA Poster Competition Application Deadline: October 3, 2024, 11:59 PM, USA Eastern

The Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition takes place each year at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, from 6:00 PM–9:00 PM. The SRAA Poster Competition is open to graduate (PhD and Master level) students. Students must apply online by October 3, 2024 to participate in this competition. During the competition, participants will give a three-to-five minute presentation of their poster to one or more judges. Judges will select the best presentations in each Subgroup category to receive a monetary award. Only abstracts selected for poster presentations are eligible for the Student Research Achievement Award; abstracts selected for platform sessions will not be eligible for this competition.

*During the competition, only participating students, judges, and BPS staff are allowed in the competition area.

To participate in the SRAA Poster Competition, the following rules apply:

  • The student must be a student member of the Biophysical Society with current year membership dues paid by the abstract deadline.
  • The student must be at the graduate level (Master or PhD, but not undergraduate).
  • The student must be the first author on the abstract submitted for presentation at the meeting.
  • The student must also present the abstract as a poster at the Meeting (Please note that the poster presentation is a separate time, day, and location from the SRAA competition).
  • The student may only present one poster in one Subgroup category (listed below).
  • Students are required to attend the three hour SRAA Poster Competition on Sunday, February 16, 2025 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Annual Meeting.

The following are required at the time of SRAA Poster Competition application:

             1. A copy of the abstract submitted for presentation at the meeting.

             2. Mentor's name and email address.

             3. Selection of two different Subgroup category preferences for the abstract:

 Bioenergetics, Mitochondria,
      and Metabolism

 Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

 Motility and Cytoskeleton


 Macromolecular Machines
      and Assemblies

 Multiscale Genome Organization

 Biological Fluorescence


 Nanoscale Approaches to Biology

 Biopolymers in Vivo

 Membrane Fusion, Fission,
      and Traffic

 Physical Cell Biology

 Channels, Receptors,
      and Transporters

 Membrane Structure and Function

  Single-Molecule Forces, Manipulation,
      and Visualization


 Membrane Transport

 Theory and Computation