ARPAS Graduate Student Competition

Consider submitting a Poster for the 4th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition!

Taking place at the 80th Minnesota Nutrition Conference.

The Midwest Chapter of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be hosting the 4th Graduate Student Poster Competition during the 80th Minnesota Nutrition Conference at Mankato Civic Center in Mankato, MN, on September 18-19, 2019.

Students may submit posters that have been presented previously at national or sectional meetings or they may choose to prepare a poster for this competition.

Monetary awards, provided by Midwest Chapter of ARPAS, are:

  • 1st Place - $500
  • 2nd Place - $200
  • 3rd Place - $100

In addition, the Midwest Chapter of ARPAS is offering an additional stipend of $200 for either the highest-ranked poster by an ARPAS member or for the highest-ranked poster by a non-member that becomes a member by taking and passing the exam while at the Minnesota Nutrition Conference.

Students must be present in order to qualify for the awards. Awards will be presented to winners following the General Session on the afternoon of September 18, 2019.


  1. Limit of 1 contribution per student.
  2. Poster format will be according to guidelines for the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Poultry Science Association (PSA) or American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) poster presentations.
  3. Boards to display posters are 8’ wide X 4’ tall.
  4. Posters must be a minimum of 4' X 3'; maximum of 7.5' x 4'.
  5. Students must bring their own push pins.
  6. Submit a 2,500-character (including spaces; about 380 words) abstract in advance (format and technical standards same as for abstracts submitted for ASAS, PSA or ADSA meetings).
  7. Submit a copy of your poster in PDF format (this file will be used by committee chairs to evaluate each contribution).
  8. Poster contributions (abstract and poster in PDF format) will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges.
  9. Space is limited; 16 posters will be selected. If more than 16 are submitted, a pre-selection of contributions will be necessary to eliminate posters.

If selected, students will be informed by September 3, 2019.

Submission deadline:

Both the abstract and PDF copy of the poster must be received electronically by 11:59 pm CDT on August 30, 2019. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Send files to:

Alfredo DiCostanzo at [email protected]

Set up & take down:

Posters must be set up between 7:30 and 10:00 am on September 18, 2019.