University of Vermont

The Honors College

Presidential Poster Competition

The Honors College and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School hosted a competition to find the best research performed by graduate and undergraduate students at UVM. This competition was a part of events that surrounded the installation of our 26th president, Dr. E. Thomas Sullivan. Nearly 130 students welcomed the challenge and submitted their work for judging by a panel of faculty.

Applicants chose one of five categories to submit their work:

  • Health and Biological Sciences;
  • Food Sciences and Environment;
  • Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering;
  • Arts and Humanities;
  • Social Sciences, Education and Business.

The judges evaluated the posters based on criteria meant to exemplify the standards of research and scholarly work that we value most at the university:

  • Quality of inquiry, performance, design, and outcomes;
  • Potential impact on society;
  • Advance in knowledge;
  • Innovation, creativity, risk-taking, exploration at frontiers;
  • Working across disciplinary boundaries and collaboration with others.

Finalists in each category presented their posters at a special session in the Davis Center. Three undergraduate students reached this level in the competition, Jacqueline Metzger (sophomore, Asian Studies), Thomas Hilzinger (senior, Molecular Biology), and William Greenwood (Civil Engineering). Metzger and Hilzinger won $250 prizes for the Arts & Humanities and the Health & Biological Sciences categories respectively.

You may see all the Finalists' Posters here.

Last modified October 26 2012 09:47 AM