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Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster Competition

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan recognizes the central role of knowledge creation and dissemination in the life of a great comprehensive university.  To recognize research and scholarship as a central part of the UVa mission during the Presidential Inauguration, we held a Pan-University Research Poster Competition to highlight high-impact and innovative growth areas for UVa research.  Due to this event’s popularity with faculty, students, and external visitors, we decided to hold it as an annual event.  The Third Annual Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster competition will be held on May 3, 2013.  Submissions will be due, uploaded to the website, by Monday, March 18, 2013. Please see the website for additional information.


Eligibility: Open to all post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Postdocs: This includes all postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and research associates at UVA

Graduate Students: Includes any student working on a degree of any type that is beyond an undergraduate degree at UVA

Undergraduate: You are currently registered as an undergraduate student at UVA

We strongly encourage faculty involvement, while we are not running a separate track for faculty, we are hopeful many of our faculty will participate through their students and postdocs.  Faculty may be named on posters, but students must be /first author and submit it.

We will select 3 “finalists” in each of the categories. We will have two separate tracks: postdocs/graduate and undergraduate students.

Three finalists in each Postdoc/ Grad & UG category and ultimately one winner for each:

e.g.        Physical & Environmental Sciences- 3 Grad/Post doc finalists -> 1 Graduate/Post doc winner

Physical & Environmental Sciences- 3 Undergraduate finalist -> 1 UG winner


Research Award Categories

Physical & Environmental Sciences


Biosciences & Health

Humanities, Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

Law, Business, Policy, & Education

Translational & Applied Research

Performing & Fine Arts & Architecture


All submissions will be on the VPR website.  After the judging session on Friday, May 3rd  all the posters will be on view in the Rotunda for the entire week of May 3-12, 2012, so that thousands of visitors can view them.


If your poster is chosen as a finalist you must to attend the judging poster session on May 3rd  and entertain discussion/questions from the “judging committee”. Each presenter will give a 1 min summary of their project to President Sullivan. This session is open to the public and we encourage you to attend even if your poster is not selected as a finalist.  All posters will be featured on the poster website. The previous posters are all available on the website.


PRIZES:  $500 travel funds to each winner. These funds will be transferred to a PTAEO in your home department to be spent on travel within the next 12 months. If the winner is graduating or leaving the university they are still eligible to receive the funds as scholarly travel reimbursement/fees.  If the winner does not want to use the funds they may elect to leave the funds for the department to use for scholarly travel of another person.  Funds must be spent or returned to the VPR office by May 31, 2014.


Posters due in PDF format by March 18, 2012, uploaded to the website:


Finalists will have poster presentations with President Sullivan & prizes awarded on May 3, 2013.

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) is a student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.  RASC-AL was formed to provide university-level engineering students with the opportunity to design projects based on NASA engineering challenges as well as offer NASA access to new research and design projects by students.

RASC-AL is open to undergraduate and graduate university-level students studying fields with applications to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, bio-medical, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences).  RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Through RASC-AL, student teams and their faculty advisors will work to develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions in response to one of the 3 following themes:
  • Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Flexible Mission Architecture Designs
  • Human-Focused Mars Mission Systems and Technologies
  • Human Lunar Access and Initial Exploration

Teams can choose to participate in RASC-AL in one of two different ways:
  1. By developing a complete, integrated, end-to-end architecture addressing one of the three themes listed above (the traditional option); OR
  2. By performing a thorough system design of a supporting element such as a mobility system, habitat or lander (the advanced concept option).
In 2013, up to eighteen will be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a travel stipend to help defray the cost of attending the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as Space 2013 (additional travel stipends provided).
Interested in RASC-AL?  Click here for more details.

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