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Research/Scholarship Poster Competition

President Sullivan recognizes the central role of knowledge creation and dissemination in the life of a great university. To showcase research and scholarship, a Pan-University Poster Competition will highlight high-impact and innovative growth areas for U.Va. research during Inauguration week in April.

A diverse committee reviewed poster submissions and has selected five "finalists" in each of seven categories. During Inauguration week, all 35 posters will be on display in the Rotunda. On Friday, April 8 between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., a public viewing of the posters will feature student authors who will be on hand to discuss their research and scholarship and to answer questions. To view posters submitted thus far, see below.

The committee will review all finalists and select winning posters in each of the seven categories, with each winner receiving a $500 prize (payable as cash or unrestricted PTAO). Additional prizes of $500 will be awarded for best undergraduate and best graduate submissions.

President Sullivan will present the prizes to the winners at the Academic Symposium luncheon on April 14, and all entries will be posted on the inauguration web site.

Seven Award Categories


Open to all faculty, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students.


Poster submission has closed. Finalists are listed below left in bold.

Criteria for Awards

  1. Quality of inquiry, performance, design, outcomes
  2. Potential impact on society
  3. Advance in knowledge
  4. Innovation, creativity, risk-taking, exploration at frontiers
  5. Collaborations with inside and outside partners


$500 and personal recognition by President Sullivan. All posters will be featured on the inauguration web site. There will be one winner in each category, one overall undergraduate award and one overall graduate award.

Hundreds of students and faculty, often working in collaboration, submitted 220 Research/Scholarship Posters. Below you will find all entries posted by category.

The finalists are listed below in bold.

Research/Scholarship Poster Competition Winners

Physical and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
The Pinwheel Effect: A Rapid and Inexpensive Method of DNA and Cell Quantification for Clinical Diagnostics
Jingyi Li, James Landers

Biosciences and Health
3D Dual Modality Scanner for Breast Cancer Detection
Tushita Patel, Zongyi Gong, Kelly Klanian, Olivia Sullivan, Patricia Judy, Mark B. Williams

Leonardo da Vinci's Legacy: Between Art and Science
Francesca Fiorani, Emily Fenichel, Mari Yoko Hara

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Avatar-Enabled Analysis of Conversational Mirroring
Timothy R. Brick, Andreas M. Brandmaier, Steven M. Boker, Timo von Oertzen

Law, Business, Policy, and Education
Convicting the Innocent
Brandon L. Garrett

Translational and Cross-Disciplinary Research
The UVA Bay Game
Feldon, Field, Learmonth, Plank Purvis, Sherman, Smith, White, Brownlee, Cannaday, Cannon, Guerrant, Lung, Szeptycki

Performing and Fine Arts and Architecture
The Glass Menagerie
Jeffrey Kmiec, Richard Warner, Tom Bloom

Best Overall Graduate Poster
Target Discovery and Drug Repurposing in a Neglected Tropical Disease
Arvind K. Chavali, Richard D. Pearson, Jason Papin

Best Overall Undergraduate Poster
Smoke Signals: An Investigation of the Efficiency and Effects of Eco-Stoves in Rual Honduras
Claire Hennigan, Amy Rogers, Rebecca Dillingham

Physical and Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Biosciences and Health


Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Law, Business, Policy, and Education

Translational and Cross-Disciplinary Research

Performing and Fine Arts and Architecture

Submissions, Questions?

Contact: Cheryl Wagner (434) 243-1100