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Call for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Submissions

WSO Annual Convention
May 14-17, 2020
Two Rivers, Wisconsin


The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit poster abstracts to be considered for presentation at our 2020 WSO Convention.

The convention will offer students the opportunity to showcase their research while interacting and learning from bird experts and enthusiasts from across Wisconsin. The winner of this judged poster session will also receive a $250 scholarship from the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Poster Abstract Submission Requirements

  • Abstracts must be submitted via online submission form at:
  • Abstracts will be assessed as they are received with students notified upon approval. Abstracts can be submitted through March 30, 2020 or until the maximum number of approved applicants has been reached.
  • Students are expected to attend the Convention during the afternoon of Saturday, May 16th. The afternoon will include a one-hour poster session during which students will be at their poster as much as possible to react to questions concerning their research and/or poster. Lunch prior to the poster session will be provided to participating students free of charge. Students wishing to attend the entire convention can learn more at
  • Posters should measure 36” by 24”. Note: This is smaller than typical poster symposium requirements, however we would like to maximize the number of posters we are able to present with the space available.
  • The topic of the posters should relate to ornithology, wildlife conservation, technology or educational resources related to ornithology and/or citizen science. We encourage submission of novel research or projects that can be applied to bird conservation even if it is not necessarily the intended focus.
  • Posters must describe original scientific research and/or educational materials in a way that is self-explanatory (could be interpreted without oral description). The poster must be presented by the student doing the original work and recognize the contributions of other students involved that may not be present.
  • Posters should be clear, concise and well laid out. We understand that the poster size requirements are smaller than typical, but please use fonts that can be viewed at a distance of at least 4-feet. Posters must include your name and affiliation.
  • Submission of an abstract acknowledges your acceptance for that abstract to be listed in convention publications.
  • Audio/visual and/or computers cannot be accommodated during the poster session.
  • WSO will not produce any handouts, however authors may provide handouts to give to participants.
  • Posters will be judged on content and use of scientific method (if applicable), poster organization and design, potential impact on bird conservation, and verbal communication. 


Questions regarding the WSO Convention Student Poster Session can be directed to
More information on the 2020 WSO Convention can be found here.