Student Poster Awards Sponsored by BioXFEL

In 2020 the NSF supported BioXFEL Science and Technology Center sponsored student poster awards for presentations at the LCLS/SSRL users meeting. BioXFEL brings students to the joint users meeting to experience the diverse nature of the research performed at XFELs and Synchrotrons and to provide an introduction to the facilities themselves. The awards are to encourage all students to participate and are open to all students that attend the meeting and present posters with work using XFEL or synchrotron facilities, or developing research that may lead to applications that make use of these facililties. BioXFEL expects to sponsor these awards for the duration of the BioXFEL program which is directed by Dr. Edward Snell at the SUNY University at Buffalo and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.


  • Up to 4 awards will be given to undergraduate or graduate students (BS, MS or PhD student) with the most exciting, promising, and compelling science that has made use of XFELs or synchrotrons, or leads to their eventual use. The awards are not limited to those that are part of the BioXFEL program.
  • 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) with help from the BioXFEL education committee and 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 during the users conference or the poster session (certificates will be provided at a later date).


Up to four $250 awards to undergraduate or graduate students (BS, MS or PhD student). It is hoped that this will help encourage students to articulate their research at an early stage and 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.

2020 Outstanding Student Poster Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Student Poster Award Competition which were announced at the SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Meeting on September 30, 2020 (and thank you to the SSRL and LCLS UEC Judges and others who helped)!

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