Postdoc and PhD Poster Competition

Food & Nutrition Innovation PhD & Post-Doc Poster Competition (LIVE EVENT)

Monday, April 24, 2023

3-6 PM

Tufts Medford Campus, TBD

The Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute is pleased to announce our inaugural PhD & Post-Doc Poster Competition.  This event is intended to give PhD students and post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to showcase their research to the Food & Nutrition Innovation Council. The Council is a global membership group of industry and non-profit organizations convened by the Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute. The Council brings together almost 100 organizations operating in the food, nutrition, and agriculture sectors, representing most of the significant players in the global food system. Its mission is to collaborate and build a robust, science-driven ecosystem of food and nutrition innovation and entrepreneurship that is committed to solving some of the most challenging food system issues of our time.

This event is an opportunity for PhD students and post-doctoral scholars from any program at Tufts University to showcase their research as it relates to food, nutrition, agriculture, health and wellness, food technology, and related areas. Council members will vote for posters winners and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners.

This will be a catered event with light snacks and drinks. 

Competition rules:

  • The work must be related to and/or have clear application in food, nutrition, and/or agriculture.
  • The work presented must have been done during your time as a PhD student or post-doc at Tufts.
  • This must be your work, with all other contributors given fair credit.
  • You must be a Tufts PhD student or post-doc at the time of the competition.
  • You may only enter one poster into the competition.

30 posters will be selected to appear at the competition

Schedule of Events

Event Time
Poster setup 2:30 pm
Introductory remarks 3:00 pm
Lightning Round poster presentations (1 min each) 3:15 pm
Poster viewing and judging 3:45 pm
Poster Winners Announced 5:00 pm
Poster viewing continues + light reception   5:15-6:00 pm

Participants should plan to set up their posters before 2:45pm. Poster boards (40”x60”) and pushpins will be provided at the time of poster setup.

Funds are available for poster printing. Contact Hallie Maly, Operations Manager ( if your laboratory or group cannot afford to have your poster printed. 

The following Selection Criteria will be used for judging the posters.

  1. Quality of the Work: For basic science and social science posters: Is the study design adequate to address the formulated hypothesis? Do the data rigorously test the hypothesis? If discovery-based research, do the data provide important and interesting leads to novel testable hypotheses? For humanities and arts posters: Is the project well-conceived to demonstrate the thesis or central point? Does the evidence support the argument? For engineering and methods development posters: Is the device, program, or method novel, inspired, well-conceived and well executed?
  2. Significance of the Work: Based on the presentation, how much impact is the work likely to have in the larger framework of the field in which the postdoc is working?
  3. Poster Presentation: Is the postdoc able to present the background, results, and conclusions of the poster in a way that is logical, understandable to those with minimal background in the area, and in a manner that conveys enthusiasm for the work?
  4. Poster Design: Is the poster arranged in a logical, aesthetically pleasing format that is easy to follow? Is the work presented in an understandable, clear format?

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