Joe Wong Poster Awards

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In 2016, the SSRL Users' Executive Committee (SSRL UEC) announced the creation of the Joe Wong Poster Awards.

The awards are made possible by support from long-time SSRL user Joe Wong, PhD, DSc, Fellow of the American Physical Society. "The modest gift is really a show of my appreciation towards this wonderful facility of yours, which I benefited so much from in the course of my research career."

The Poster Awards are established to promote multi-disciplinary interactions among the lightsource user community, to recognize the best poster presentations at the Annual Users' Conference, and specifically to help students in preparing for their science careers.

The poster awards are open to users of both the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) based on research results from either facility.

Guidelines for poster presenters:

  • Register and submit poster abstracts by the posted deadline.
  • Organize posters into clearly divided sections, including:
    • Introduction
    • Experimental Aim (or problem definition)
    • Experimental Methods (clearly describe how use of the lightsource facilities contributed to the research) 
    • Summary of Results
    • Conclusions
  • Upload poster PDF at least 1 week before the poster session (particularly if competing for an award)
  • Consider participating in the Poser Blitz to advertise your poster - be creative!
  • Display your poster before noon on September 26, and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the poster session begins
  • Practice and be prepared to give a concise summary of your poster during the poster session


  • Up to 3 awards will be given to the most exciting, novel and compelling science which utilized either SSRL or LCLS as presented during the poster session.
  • The poster competition will be judged by a panel comprised of the Users' Conference Organizing Committee, SSRL Users' Executive Committee (SSRL UEC), LCLS Users' Executive Committee (LCLS UEC), and help from SSRL/LCLS scientists to ensure that broad research areas are covered.
  • Judges may develop their own criteria, but in general it will consist of asking poster presenters to give a concise summary of their poster (3-4 minutes). Judges may confer and select a small group of ‘finalists’ that will be asked to also present to the other judges, typically for a shorter time.
  • Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the poster session (certificates will be provided at a later date).

These awards are planned: 

  • $500 award for the best poster presentation by an undergraduate or graduate student (BS, MS or PhD student user). It is hoped that the peer recognition of the student's outstanding accomplishments will help the recipient’s application for either graduate school, postdoctoral position or employment in their chosen scientific field.
  • $250 awards for up to two selected poster presenters at any stage of their research career and in any field. 


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Joe Wong Outstanding Poster Award Competition presented at the SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference on September 27, 2018 (and thank you to the SSRL and LCLS UEC Judges)!

Bor-Rong Chen, Stanford University/SLAC SSRL:  Understanding Crystallization Pathways of Manganese Oxide Polymorphs Formation by Using in-situ X-ray Scattering

Valentina Rossi, University College Cork, Ireland:  Synchrotron-X-ray Fluorescence of Melanosomes Reveals Soft Tissue Anatomy of Fossil Vertebrates

Kelly Summers, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada:  8-Hydroxyquinolines in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease:  Direct Interactions with the Amyloid Beta Peptide


(from left) Gauthier Deblonde, Joe Wong, Izumi Ishigami and Ariana Peck
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Joe Wong Outstanding Poster Award Competition presented at the SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Meeting on September 28, 2017!

Gauthier Deblonde, LBNL:  Shedding Light on the Transplutonium Element (Am, Cm, Bk, Cf) Solution Chemistry Using EXAFS - Beam Line 11-2

Izumi Ishigami, Albert Einstein College of Medicine:  Crystal Structure of CO-bound Cytochrome c Oxidase Determined by Serial Femtosecond X-ray Crystallography at Room Temperature

Ariana Peck, Stanford University:  Intermolecular Correlations are Necessary to Explain Diffuse Scattering from Protein Crystals


(from left) Camila Bacellar, Petra Fromme, Fang Ren, Blaine Mooers and Anna Wise

Congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural Joe Wong Poster Award Competition presented at the SRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference October 5-7, 2016!

Camila Bacellar, Graduate Student, University of California Berkeley/LBNL:  Imaging Anisotropic Nanoplasma Dynamics in Superfluid Helium Droplets

Fang Ren, Stanford University/SSRL Material Science Division:  Identify Phases in Materials - Human or Robot?

Anna Wise, Stanford University/SSRL Material Science Division:  High Resolution Chemical Mapping of Energy-related Materials: Development of Soft X-ray Ptychograpy at SSRL

If you missed this session, you missed a great time discussing the latest science, facility and instrument developments on a lovely fall evening on the patio of the SLAC SUSB. But, there's always next year so start planning ahead ...

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