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Poster Competition

 This year RMACC will be hosing a virtual poster competition in conjunction with the HPC Symposium.

The Virtual Poster Competition is for graduate and undergraduate students interested in high performance computing. This online venue enables students to share the results of projects that they have performed, while also engaging in a competition for the best posters

Prizes will consist of award plaques and the opportunity to present your poster at the SC17 Conference in Denver, including all travel expenses

Posters will be accepted for consideration from July 15th- August 10th

 Check back frequently for more detailed instructions 

To participate in the virtual poster session, students are required to:

a. Complete a project. Projects submitted must be original individual student work

b. Prepare a 5 minute YouTube Video about your poster and research (guidelines will be provided)

c. Data and materials must be present in the video. The poster (or pdf of poster) must be featured within the video. Photos, graphs, etc. must be from the student’s original work. Illustrations must be cited if obtained from other resources. Once the poster is completed, it must be converted to PDF format to reduce file size and preserve content

d. Submit an abstract to provided link (easychair) by July 25th You can return later to upload the poster in the PDF format. The website will recognize your e-mail address. You must have your poster uploaded no later than 5:00 PM Mountain Time August 10th. You must upload your video to  to then be uploaded to the RMACC YouTube Channel by 5:00 pm August 10th

e. By submitting a poster for consideration, the student agrees that the poster and video can be displayed on our website and youtube channel

f. Students will be encouraged to attend in person and given preference on available travel funds. Up to $500 is available per student to offset their travel costs.


Video Format

a. Videos should include the following and cannot exceed 5 minutes in length:

i. Project title

ii. Project hypothesis/objective- (what is the purpose of the project? What is being tested)

iii. Project methods- (describe methods used in the project to collect data, construct device, etc.)

iv. Project data - (show graphs, photos, tables, data collected)

v. Project conclusions


Posters will be judged by content experts according to an established rubric which includes but not limited to:

a. Creative ability-originality, method, analysis, interpretation

b. Scientific/engineering thought (planning, scope, design, procedure, data)

c. Thoroughness (objective realized)

d. Clarity (written/visual).


Winners will be notified the week of August 15th


Other Considerations:


  1. Judges will be reviewing videos and submitted pdfs of posters before the symposium begins.

  2. Judges can ask questions to entries using the Easy Chair system. Students will be notified when if a judge asks them a question and will be given 24 hours to respond.

  3. Youtube videos will be available for all symposium attendees to watch ahead of time.

  4. All attendees can ask questions by commenting on the Youtube videos, students will be expected to monitor their videos and answer questions.

  5. All videos will be played during lunch on Wednesday. Students that attend in person will be available to answer questions from attendees in person. (remote students will need to be available via videoconferencing)

If you are a student attending from out of state we have scholarship money available to help with travel expenses, please contact for more details.

Student poster winners will be chosen by our panel and the poster finalists will be rewarded with a trip to the supercomputing conference SC17 in Denver, November 2017