Poster Session and Student Competition Awards
Poster Session

The symposium’s poster session was held Tuesday at the same time and in the same room as the evening reception. It was a lively and well-attended gathering that showcased 64 posters including 54 graduate students from University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Miami, Texas A&M University, and Utah State University.

Poster abstracts can be viewed by clicking at these poster-session themes:

Student Competition Awards

The 54 graduate students with posters competed for $1,000 awards to attend a professional conference to present their research work. Sponsors who generously provided these awards were the Carl. S. Swisher Foundation and Water & Air Research, Inc.

Each of the 54 student posters was judged by 3 independent judges, who scored each poster according to standard objective criteria. The top-scoring posters stood out because they showed that the student’s research work was original and significant, with large potential for impact. The winning posters exhibited advanced techniques showing a high level of knowledge of the subject. As well, the student’s oral presentation to the judges showed that they have a good grasp of the subject. Finally, the 3 winning posters were creative, visually interesting, and of a highly professional caliber.

The 3 winners were:

Best Student Poster Award Winners

Wesley Henson
Wesley Henson
University of Florida,
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
UF Water Institute Graduate Fellow
Major advisor: Dr. Wendy Graham

"Quantifying Nitrate Loss Rates and Mechanisms in the Upper Floridan Aquifer Using Push-Pull Tracer Tests and Microbial DNA"
Wesley Henson Poster image

Stephanie Zick
Stephanie Zick
University of Florida,
Major advisor: Dr. Corene Matyas

"Evolving Geometries in the Precipitation Patterns of 2004-2012 U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes"

Stephanie Zick Poster image

Kathryn Lohr
Kathryn Lohr
University of Florida,
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Major advisor: Dr. Josh Patterson

"Genotype-Based Differences in Extension, Calcification, and Bleaching Resistance Among Aquacultured Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis"
Kathryn Lohr Poster image