ANU Nonlinear Physics and Sydney Uni students grab awards at Annual CUDOS Student Poster Competition

CUDOS recognises the importance of fostering the excitement of its young researchers in presenting their work in the form of a poster and thus holds a Student Poster Competition each year at its Annual Workshop held in January/February. The Student Poster session is definitely one of the highlights of the Workshop.

Those eligible to enter must be a current graduate student, or one who has recently graduated and is presenting work that was completed when they were still a student. Students present a poster and deliver a one minute max ppt presentation. A panel of judges chooses the winners who receive a cash award, certificate and recognition in CUDOS publications.

This year, 50 posters were submitted and all the presenters were engaged, passionate, and knowledgeable. The winners were decided by a panel of four internationally recognised scientists: Marin Soljacic from MIT, Shanhui Fan from Stanford, Sergei Turitsyn from Aston and Herbert Winful from Michigan. Because there were so many posters the judges decided to use the one-minute presentations as a way to narrow down the field to a dozen or so finalists whose posters were then examined in greater depth. What the judges looked for in the presentation was a sense of the quality and importance of the results, the relevance and integrative nature of the research, and the clarity of the exposition.

Prof Winful said “the first place winner swayed the judges by declaring in his opening statement 'CUDOS is all about integration' and then showing us why his results were important. The runners-up were all so close that we couldn’t really tell them apart so all five shared the second prize! Overall, the quality of all 50 posters was outstanding and all the presenters should be justifiably proud”.

Alexander giving his one minute talk
Poster Viewing - John Sipe
Poster Viewing - Stephanie
Poster Viewing - Thomas Krauss

Winning Entry

First place – Alexander Solntsev, ANU Nonlinear Physics Centre

Alexander Solntsev receiving first place prize

Left to Right: Sergei Turitsyn, Alexander Solntsev, Herb Winful and Ben Eggleton


Alexander's winning poster. Click on the image to view the PDF.

Highly Commended

Alvaro Casas-Bedoya, University of Sydney
Sergey Kruk, ANU Nonlinear Physics Centre
Mingkai Liu, ANU Nonlinear Physics Centre
Shayan Shahnia, University of Sydney
Alessandro Tuniz, University of Sydney

Student Poster Competition Highly Commended Award Photograph

Left to Right: Shayan Shahnia, Alessandro Tuniz, Sergey Kruk, Mingkai Liu, Sergei Turitsyn, Herb Winful and Ben Eggleton

Many thanks to the judges for their time and effort!