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April 2nd to April 4th, 2024
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

2024 Student Research Poster Contest

Student Research Poster Contest

Topic Areas

The International Propeller Club will host the 2024 Port of the Future Student Research Poster Contest. All posters must be submitted prior to midnight on Friday, March 15th, 2024. This is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate-level students to contribute to the research in the port and maritime domains, gain professional recognition and build a network of like-minded colleagues and mentors.

Note: While Ph.D.’s may serve as mentors, they may not submit posters or participate as team members in this competition.

The Symposium Leadership Team invites students to submit posters of their research in one of the following nine topics areas:

  • Port Infrastructure 4.0
    (includes Artificial Intelligence, automation, digitalization, and information sharing)
  • Port Development
  • Port Energy and Sustainability
  • Decarbonization and Alternate Fuels
  • Terminal Operations
  • Port Workforce Development
  • Intermodal Connectivity
  • Port Security and Cybersecurity
  • Enhancing the Port Eco-System

While these topics reflect the agenda for the Port of the Future Conference, the contest will consider submissions that focus on other areas of the port ecosystem and maritime domain.

Research Expectations

Posters will depict research done by the student or students, generally with the guidance of a faculty advisor. The research may include interviews, literature reviews, an explanation of emerging technology, policy analysis, or other relevant topics focused on ports and the maritime domain.

Poster Research will, in general, identify a gap or problem area, evaluate possible solutions or way ahead, and outline future actions, policy steps, or research needed for continued advancement.

Evaluation Criteria

The contest judges will evaluate the posters using the following criteria, with each item assigned a score of 1-5:

Poster Format

Poster presentations typically include a mix of text graphics, data, images, and other material to illustrate the area of interest. Visual appeal and creativity in format are important in helping others understand your research.

In addition to the title and research content, your poster should include the name of the author(s), faculty mentor(s), and the name of your college, university, or other institution.

Poster submissions will use the following template:

poster template

To download the Student Research Poster template please click on the button below:

Download the Template

Administrative Procedures and Timeline

  • Students must submit their posters (by uploading the filled-in poster template following the link highlighted in yellow below) prior to midnight on Friday, March 15, 2024.
  • Students will identify themselves as undergraduate or graduate students. Submissions may be individual or collaborative.
  • As part of their submission, students will include a list of references used in their research

Submit your completed Poster Here

Presentation of Posters

  • The Chairperson of the Student Research Poster Contest will display all poster submissions on the Port of the Future website by Friday, 22 March 2024.
  • Student authors will display their posters in the Conrad Hilton Ballroom of the Hilton University Houston. Student teams are responsible for the printing of their posters.
  • Students will stand by to provide a 10-minute presentation of their work and address follow-up questions.


  • Authors of all accepted poster contest submissions will receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • The authors of the Top 3 submissions will receive a framed Certificate of Award and conference coins, and free admission to the 2024 Port of the Future Conference

Questions about the Student Research Poster Contest?

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