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2009 Conference, Tucson, AZ

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AIMS has a longstanding commitment to serve as a supportive and constructively critical forum for students. We strongly encourage you to give your students the opportunity to make a poster presentation. By way of incentive, you might note to them that the meeting offers not only the chance to hone their skills in front of a friendly scientific audience, but also the possibility of winning a Students' Award. We invite individuals (especially undergraduate and graduate students) to present posters on their research projects.

Two student poster awards (one for life sciences and one for physical sciences) of $150 will be given for the best poster/presentation.

  • Each presenter will be given 1-2 minutes to present the most important aspects of their poster (this should be limited to the topic of the poster and the main conclusions).
  • Each presenter will be allowed a small number of PowerPoint slides (be reasonable) for the presentation.
  • Posters should be formatted to fit onto an area 40 inches wide by 30 inches high.

Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society Student Poster Award Guidelines

  1. Applicants must be or have been an undergraduate student or graduate student during the academic year of the meeting.
  2. Each applicant must be sponsored and validated by a signed statement from a non-student member of AIMS verifying item #1 (see form below).
  3. The work must consist of original research authored by the participant, but may be co-authored by his/her advisor. The poster must be formatted to fit an area 40 inches wide by 30 inches high.
  4. The written portion should also contain a research summary.

Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society Student Poster Award Method of Evaluation

The AIMS Poster Judges will use the following criteria to evaluate the student posters presentations.

  • Scientific merit
  • Soundness of research proposal
  • Experimental design and thoroughness of investigation
  • Validation of conclusions
  • Application of microscopy/microanalysis in answering an experimental question
  • Quality of micrographs/Images/Data
  • Presentation of specimen
  • Instrumentation
  • Photographic quality
  • Quality of writing
  • Organization
  • Clarity
  • Grammatical correctness
  • Oral presentation and responses to questions
  • Clarity
  • Communication
  • Response to questions
  • Observance of presentation time limits
  • Originality and use of correlated techniques


The AIMS annual meeting provides a forum for the sharing of member's research and ideas, as well as an opportunity for learning about new techniques and concepts. At other times during the year the society sponsors or co-sponsors special seminars on topics relevant to the society's membership. The society business meeting is held in conjunction with the research portion of the annual meeting.

Once you sign up as an AIMS member you can register for the conference through the Member Control Panel.

March 12, 2009
Student Union, South Ballroom
The University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ 85721


Poster presenters have two minutes to introduce their topic from the podium, and cash awards were presented for the best student poster in both the physical and biological sciences.

Visit the AIMS Website for more information.

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