NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute takes great pride in the annual student poster competition. The Student Poster Competition provides motivation, encouragement, and most of all, recognition to the most promising scientists of the future. Students presented posters at the Exploration Science Forum, July 18-20, 2017, at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

The contest was very competitive with high-quality submissions. Selection criteria included the originality of the research, quality and clarity of the presentation—including accessibility to the non-expert, and impact to science and exploration. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and honorable mention receive a $1000 travel grant. Selections were made by votes of a committee of scientists and SSERVI management.

The 2017 NASA Exploration Science Forum Student Poster Competition winners were:
2017 Exploration Science Forum
*First Place awarded to Erica Jawin for the poster “The Prinz-Harbinger Medium-Scale Shield Volcano: a Transition in Lunar Volcanic Eruption Style.”

2017 Exploration Science Forum
*Second Place awarded to Zachary Morse for the poster “Mapping and Analysis of Ejecta Deposits from Orientale Basin on the Moon.”

2017 Exploration Science Forum
*Third Place awarded to Zach Ulibarri for the poster “Laboratory Study of Hypervelocity Impact-Driven Chemical Reactions and Surface Evolution of Icy Targets.”

*Honorable Mention awarded to Karen Abruzzo, Delina Levine, and Pragati Muthukumar for the poster “Mapping Possible Locations for Lunar Ice Mining Based on Topographic, Economic, and Elemental Data.”

Congratulations to these winners and to everyone who participated in the competition. We look forward to seeing additional innovative student research in the next Student Poster Competition. On behalf of NASA SSERVI, many thanks for your outstanding contributions to the 2017 NASA Exploration Science Forum!

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