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Spotlight on Student Research

April 25, 2017

Announcement of Results

Good Morning Campus Community,

I hope that many of you took some time this past Tuesday at the Spotlight on Student Research to witness the impressive research currently being conducted at ESF. The event was extremely successful. In addition to the all of the students, faculty and staff who helped make this event a success, I would like to extend special thanks to John Wasiel, Ellen Edgerton, Theresa Kaier-May and Tyler Shields. Without these folks, this event wouldn't have happened. Please thank them if you see them.

As many of you know, there was a judging component for graduate students this year, and a chance for undergraduate students to get feedback from their graduate colleagues.

First and foremost, please join me in thanking our judges for the graduate poster competition; Dr. Ted Endreny, Dr. Giorgos Mountrakis, Dr. Colin Beier and Dr. Mark Lomolino and the numerous GSA members who aided in evaluating 35 undergraduate posters. Now the moment you have all be waiting for,

The results from the graduate poster competition are as follows:

1st Place ($100)- Carolyn Chang, EFB

  • Title: Can strain typing help us understand Mycobacterium Marinum outbreaks at zebrafish research facilities?

2nd Place ($50)- Deborah Hummel, EFB

  • Title: Fish assemblages and their relationship to habitat structure in a newly remediated urban lake
3rd Place ($25)- Elizabeth Stieber, EFB
  • Title: Evaluating a provisional macroinvertebrate lake Index of Biotic Integrity: Potential drivers of macroinvertebrate community dynamics and water quality in lakes across New York

Please join me in congratulating the graduate poster winners for the 2017 Spotlight on Student Research. The feedback regarding the judging portion of this year's event was extremely positive and the judging process will likely continue in the coming years.


Abstracts are required for submission and to guarantee space in the poster session.  Student information and abstracts will be compiled into a symposium proceedings document and published online at: http://digitalcommons.esf.edu/spotlight/

Late submissions may not be included in the proceedings. 

Poster Requirements

Posters should be presented in a format large enough to contain all the important components in a highly readable manner. Typical dimensions are landscape layouts of 36 inches wide by 24 inches tall or portrait layouts that have maximum dimensions of 36 inches wide by 48” inches tall. Posters should not be more than 48” wide as they will not fit on the poster displays in the Gateway Center.

For more information on producing and printing your posters for the event see:

Questions should be directed to John Wasiel of the Committee for the Student Spotlight on Research. 

Event Details

Posters should be hung between 9-11am.  Some attendees enjoy visiting the posters before interacting with authors, so please allow at least one hour before the event begins.

Students should plan to be at their posters during 12-2pm, if possible.  Attendees will enjoy hearing about your experience.  If you cannot attend you are still welcome to display your poster. Dress is business/business casual.

If you want to keep your poster, please remove it before 4pm on April 25th.  Posters left hanging after 4pm will be taken down and delivered to the author’s departments.


The Spotlight is organized by the Ad-Hoc Committee for Spotlight on Student Research, a sub-committee of the Academic Governance Committee on Research (COR).

We would also like to express our gratitude to the, graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty for contributing to this event.  Without your work there would be no event!

About Spotlight

ESF's annual Spotlight Symposium is a dynamic forum where graduate and undergraduate students share the results of their research. The Spotlight is a student poster session highlighting your scholarly efforts.

The Spotlight on Student Research is your time to shine!