SSERVI takes great pride in the annual student poster competition held each year at the NASA Exploration Science Forum.

The Student Poster Competition provides motivation, encouragement, and most of all, recognition to the most promising scientists of the future. The contest is always very competitive with high-quality submissions. Selection criteria include the originality of the research and its impact to science and exploration, the merit of the experiment design and rigor of results, the visual quality and clarity of the poster layout—including accessibility to the non-expert, and effectiveness in communicating the topic during the lightning talk. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and honorable mention received a $1000 travel grant. Selections were made by votes of a committee of scientists and SSERVI management.

The 2020 NASA Exploration Science Forum Student Poster Competition winners were:

• First Place – Ryota Nakano for the poster “Mass Shedding Activities of Asteroid (3200) Phaethon Enhanced by its Rotation.”
• Second Place – Marina Gemma for the poster ” Multi-Dimensional Characterization of Mineral Abundace in Ordinary Chondrite Meteorites.”
• Third Place – Kristen Luchsinger Pushing the Boundaries of Lunar Ice: Vertical Volatile Transport in Seasonally Shadowed Regions.


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!

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI staff

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