Student Posters – Call for Papers

Call for Academic Posters, WCS 2019 Academic Poster Session

The Western Coatings Symposium (WCS) is seeking academic poster presentations to be considered for the 34nd Biennial WCS.  Sponsored by the Arizona, Golden Gate, Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles Societies for Coatings Technology, the WCS will be held at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, on October 20-23, 2019.

The WCS Academic Poster Session is designed to encourage university students* to submit posters promoting new ideas and technologies based on preliminary or completed coatings or related materials research.  All students* presenting an accepted poster will receive $200.00 and are eligible for the three Academic Poster Session monetary awards.  In addition to the three monetary awards, there are four speaker slots reserved for four students to present their findings to the attendees of the WCS Symposium.  Each accepted academic poster will be provided with a 36″ x 48″ display board to highlight the research project.  Students will be required to be present in the exhibit hall during WCS exhibit hours for the purpose of discussing their projects with WCS attendees. Only one poster can be submitted by a given student with a maximum of two students per poster.  A University can elect to set up an accepted academic poster without a student, but the University will not receive the $200 accepted poster prize or be eligible for the three academic poster competition awards.

Awards for the WCS Academic Poster Session are as follows:

  •             1st Place:     $1,200.00
  •             2nd Place:     $600.00
  •             3rd Place:     $300.00

To participate, submit a 100–200 word Academic Poster Abstract by July 16, 2019, including title of paper, University name, author name(s), and contact information. Students will be notified of acceptance by August 16, 2019.  Following acceptance, the completed posters must be submitted by September 16, 2019.

*Definition: In order to be eligible for the $200 student stipend and student registration fees, a “student” is defined as someone who is actively enrolled full time in an accredited university, college, high school, or middle school. Students must be able to show WCS a valid student identification or proof of enrollment at their stated academic institution.

Abstract Submission Process

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