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Student poster abstracts sought for 2013 Appalachian Energy Summit

BOONE—Students at Appalachian State University are invited to submit poster abstracts for possible inclusion in the 2013 Appalachian Energy Summit.

Up to four students from each of the 17 University of North Carolina campuses will be selected to present their posters on energy-related research or applied projects and participate in the summit.

Housing and meals will be provided for the selected students. This opportunity will enhance the Appalachian Energy Summit, improve visibility of student efforts, enable the potential to implement research ideas across the UNC system, and help students develop skills as professional presenters.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 10. Students whose posters are selected will be notified May 24. Presentation and judging of selected posters will be held July 17-19 during the summit on the Appalachian State University campus.

The grand prize is an iPad awarded to a graduate and undergraduate student. A $100 gift certificate will be presented to the poster receiving honorable mention.

To be eligible for the competition, students must submit their abstract by email to prior to 5 p.m. May 10. The abstract can either be research that is done as part of the students program of study or a campus or community oriented project that the student has initiated. A range of energy-related topics will be accepted including efficiency, renewables, education, policy and pollution.

The primary contribution must be from the student with assistance from the faculty advisor.

The abstract must include:

  • Proposed title
  • Indication of category: applied project or research
  • Author’s name, major, faculty advisor name, and university
  • Author’s education level (undergraduate or graduate student, must be a current student)
  • Phone number and e-mail address of student and faculty advisor
  • A written description of the research no longer than 500 words that includes: Introduction, Approach/Method/Scheme, Preliminary Results/Evaluation, Conclusion/Future Work,
  • Up to five references

Email materials to with the subject line “Appalachian Energy Summit Poster Competition.” Submit as a PDF, name the file StudentLastName_TitleofAbstract_AESposter.pdf.

A panel of reviewers will evaluate the content of all abstract submissions based on relevance to the topic, project innovation, clear objectives with appropriate evaluation of the research, and clarity and organization of the writing. Up to two graduate students and two undergraduate students will be selected from each university. Those selected to compete at the Appalachian Energy Summit will be contacted by May 24 and given further instructions (poster specifications, best practices, etc.) to prepare a poster for the competition.

The Appalachian Energy Summit is the annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. In this initiative, campus leaders from across higher education in North Carolina share the goals to reduce energy expenditures, transform energy utilization and reduce the environmental impacts of both higher education and the entire state.

For more information, contact Janet Miller at