Once again, Student Day participants will have the opportunity to present their science by means of an Elevator Pitch. Contestants will have one minute and one slide to pitch their research project and pique the public’s curiosity. Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes to the top elevator pitches, and the audience will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award. All awards will be presented at the Gala Banquet on Thursday, December 13th, 2018.

To apply to participate in the Student Elevator Pitch Contest, students must fill out this form. Please note that a limited number of places are open for this contest. Applications must be sent by 11:59 pm EST on October 19, 2018.


ArcticNet organizes a Conference Poster Competition to recognize excellence in science and its presentation by Early Career Researchers. This competition is open to all Master’s and Doctoral students with an abstract approved for poster presentation and who are registered to the ASM2018. Each contestant can only present one poster.

In addition to bringing your printed poster at the conference, an electronic version of your poster in PDF format will also be requiried to facilitate judging and will be made available post-conference as part of the online Conference Proceedings.

To submit an electronic version of your poster in PDF format, please follow the instructions below:

  1. After you have prepared your poster following the guidelines above, you must convert the document into PDF format. NOTE: Only PDF files may be uploaded.
  2. Log into your abstract submission account.
  3. On the ‘Submissions’ tab, find your accepted poster submission. NOTE: Your submission will appear as ‘incomplete’ until you upload your PDF.
  4. Click on your submission to access your abstract, and scroll down to the bottom to ‘Poster Upload’.
  5. Click on ‘Upload’ to upload your poster, then ‘Save & Submit’.
DEADLINE to upload your PDF: Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM ET (UTC-5)
A panel of judges will evaluate eligible posters based on set criteria, including clarity, comprehensiveness and conciseness of the abstract, the scientific quality and presentation of research. The winners of the Poster Awards are presented with $1000 CAD for first place, $600 CAD for second place and $400 CAD for third place in each of the following three categories: Social and Health Science, Marine-Natural Science and Terrestrial-Natural Science. Prizes of $250 CAD for Honourable Mentions will also be presented. The Graduate Student Poster Award winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Banquet Dinner on the evening of 13 December 2018.