ISPE Student Poster Competition

The ISPE Student Poster Competition is an annual competition held by local ISPE Affiliates and Chapters before 31 July each year. The poster presentation consists of a visual display of research findings combined with an interactive question and answer period with a panel of judges. Local winners advance to the International Student Poster Competition at the ISPE Annual Meeting.

Student Poster Competition Rules

About the Local Affiliate/Chapter Student Poster Competition

The exact structure of the poster competition may vary in each Affiliate/Chapter (i.e., poster competition combined with a local Affiliate/Chapter event, or a stand-alone Affiliate/Chapter event). The winners of the undergraduate and graduate level will be decided at the local event.

Affiliates and Chapters that hold student poster competitions typically have paid for the local winners (undergraduate and graduate) to attend the Annual Meeting and compete in the International Student Poster Competition. Affiliates and Chapters are encouraged to support as many students as possible to attend and compete at the Annual Meeting in whatever way they deem appropriate. Any student that participates in their local competition can compete in the International Competition at the Annual Meeting.

ISPE student members in an area without an Affiliate or Chapter or whose Affiliate or Chapter did not hold a student poster competition can compete in the International Student Poster Competition.

Student Poster Competitors  also may obtain financial support from the following sources: academic institution; fund raisers; parents; and earnings. Solicitation of funds from companies by students is strictly prohibited, but competitors may accept donations offered by companies.

If the students win and then graduate, they may still compete at the Annual Meeting in the fall under their original competition category.

See the 2018 Local Competition Winners' Abstracts

About the International Student Poster Competition

The International Student Poster Competition is held during the ISPE Annual Meeting. The international winners (undergraduate and graduate) will be announced at the Membership Luncheon during the Annual Meeting. Both the undergraduate and graduate student winners will receive cash awards and the opportunity to publish research in ISPE’s magazine, Pharmaceutical Engineering, as well as other Affiliate/Chapter publications.

Before and after the completion of judging, the posters of all competitors will be displayed for the attendees of the Annual Meeting to view. Competitors will remain with their posters for the duration of the poster viewing session as indicated in the technical program of events or as directed by the manager of the event on-site.

Competitors are responsible for disassembly and removal of the poster following the viewing session and ISPE will not assume responsibility for materials left beyond the time limit specified.


Judges for the Affiliate/Chapter student poster competition will be selected by the Affiliate or Chapter. Judges for the international competition will be active ISPE members. Industry Advisors, mentors, and competitors should review the Poster Evaluation Form (pdfIcon.gif 41 KB) to become familiar with the evaluation criteria. To prepare for questions from the judges, competitors should keep in mind the diverse background/fields of specialty of the judging panel.

For More Information

Contact the Faculty Advisor, Industry Advisor or Student Affairs Chair for your local ISPE Student Chapter. You may also contact: