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18th Annual Soil and Water Sciences Research Forum

November 13, 2017

‌J. Wayne Reitz Union - Rion Ballroom

Student Competition Winners

Best Oral Presentation (1 award):

  • Carla Gavilan (advisor Sabine Grunwald)

Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation (4 awards, alphabetical):

  • Yanyan Lu (advisor Maria Silveira)
  • Sara Miller (advisor Todd Osborne)
  • Julio Pachon (advisor Allan Bacon)
  • Saroop Sandhu (advisors Stefan Gerber and Kanika Inglett)

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation (1 award):

  • Rebecca O’Connell (advisor Ann Wilkie)
Guidelines for Preparing an Oral Presentation
  • Ph.D. Soil and Water Sciences Students who were selected to give an oral presentation have until August 26th to submit abstract of presentation.
  • Guidelines for abstracts
  • All oral presentations, including time for questions should be no longer than 15 minutes total, here is a breakdown to follow (12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions). Approximately 15-20 PowerPoint slides.
  • Please review the Evaluation Form to prepare for the judging process.
  • Please review the branding website to determine appropriate UF/IFAS logo to use on PowerPoint Presentation.
  • Tips for preparing oral presentations: Effective Oral Presentations
Guidelines for Preparing a Poster Presentation
  • All posters should be 36" high and 40" wide, landscape orientation. No exceptions to judged posters! Printing is available in McCarty 1205 (white backgrounds only) or at Academic Tech Printing Services for $3 per linear ft - (open 24/7).
  • Deadline for Abstract submissions is September 1st. Email abstracts to Michael Sisk ( 
  • Guidelines for abstracts
  • Please review the Evaluation Form to prepare for the judging process.
  • Please email Michael Sisk ( to get the SWS and UF/IFAS logos to include on your poster. The UF/IFAS logo should always be placed to the left of or above the SWS logo. Review the branding website for any questions on appropriate use of UF/IFAS logos.
  • Tips for preparing posters: Creating Effective Posters

Help Minimize Waste at This Event!

Student Compost Cooperative logoThe Soil and Water Sciences Department is committed to improving the health of our soils by composting all biodegradable materials from this year’s Research Forum, including coffee grounds, food waste, and shredded paper.  All compost-friendly waste will be processed by the Student Compost Cooperative, creating an organic soil amendment to feed the future. Be sure to use the appropriate composting and recycling containers during the event. For more information, visit the Student Compost Cooperative at or on Facebook at


For questions, email Dr. James Jawitz: