SSERVI has held the annual Student Poster Competition and Lightning Round Talks at the NESF since 2009 to provide motivation, encouragement, and recognition to young researchers. Students competing for the awards are encouraged to give a one-minute lightning talk during special sessions at the NESF to briefly summarize their research and poster. Their presentations and posters are evaluated by a committee of senior researchers, and award winners receive a $1000 travel grant to a scientific meeting of their choice. Selection criteria include the originality of the research, quality and clarity of the presentation (including accessibility to the non-expert), and impact to science and exploration.

Winning Honorable Mention:

Asher Molzer and Jaelin Hensley (Logos Public Charter School) (EXMASS) for the poster “Comparison of known lunar pits using the LROC quickmap tool.”

Brandon Berkoff (Commack HS, NY) (EXMASS) for the poster “Molecular and Ice Water Content in Different Lunar Regions.”

In a tie for 3rd place ($1000):

Autumn Shackelford from the University of Central Florida
(Co-Authors: C. Bennett, K. Slavicinska, K. L. Donaldson Hanna)
for the poster “SWEEPS: A New Space Weathering Chamber.”

Kristoffer Sjolund from Georgia Institute of Technology
(Co-Authors: M. J. Schaible, M. E. Judson, E. A. Ryan, M. L. Shofner, T. M. Orlando, and J. S. Linsey)
for the poster “Investigation and Development of 2D and 3D EDS towards the Creation of a Hybrid Dust Mitigation Brush.”

In Second place ($1000):

Casey Braccia from University of Maryland
(Co-Authors: Wenlu Zhu, Nicholas Schmerr, Jacob Richardson)
for the poster “Experimental characterization of lunar analog material with implications for future space exploration.”

In First place was ($1500):

Dominic Alfinito — a rising Freshman to University of Maryland (EXMASS)
(Co-Author: Dr. Parvathy Prem)
for the poster “Possible Causes of Hydration of Vestas Oppia Crater.”

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Student Poster Competition Award winners (from left to right): Kristoffer, Casey, Dominic, Autumn.

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Student Poster Competition!

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