Research Showcase

Are you enrolled in postgraduate research? Enter the Faculty of Science 2019 Postgraduate Poster Competition! Join us | 9-20 September 2019.

Students enjoy each others company at Relax whilst discussing the postgraduate poster competition

This exciting event will feature postgraduate posters displayed across the ground floors of the Science buildings, opportunities to hear about research from students, people’s choice voting, and other competitions.

This showcase provides an excellent opportunity for research students to present their research to their peers and the University of Auckland staff and student community.

Important dates

  • Tuesday 3 September, 12pm | CAI printing deadline
  • Wednesday 4 September, 4pm | Online registration and poster
    submission closes (posters should be submitted to the Science Student Centre)
  • Wednesday 18 September 4-6pm | Prize giving function

Registration and submission

Register yourself into the competition by filling out the Faculty of Science competition Registration form.

After your registration is complete and your poster is printed, please submit your poster into the Science Student Centre located on the ground floor of 301.

Registration and submissions will be open from Monday 12 August- Wednesday 4 September 4pm. Late registrations and submissions will not be accepted.


All entries for the Faculty of Science Poster Competition require an abstract.

The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words. You may wish to divide your abstract into sections e.g: background, objectives, methods, results and discussion. The abstract must be text only (no diagrams etc).   

Your name, the title of your poster, and department should be listed on the document Important

Important notes:

  • ALL abstracts must be signed by a supervisor. This can be an electronic signature if        available.         
  • Please ensure your document title includes your name. 


A number of prizes are on offer for well-presented posters:     

  • First place | $1100       
  • Second place | $900   
  • Third place | $800      
  • Merit | Five awards of $100 each will be awarded for merit  
  • First Peoples’ Choice | $500    
  • Second Peoples’ Choice | $400    
  • Third Peoples’ Choice | $300

All staff and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster and poster talk in the new People’s choice award. The top prizes will be awarded by a judging panel made up of academics and professional staff across the faculty.

The top ranked posters (20) from this competition will be automatically entered into the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) Exposure Competition, and will be eligible to win further prizes. 

Workshops and resources

The Faculty of Science Postgraduate Poster Competition is the precursor to the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) Exposure Competition. The Exposure committee requires that all posters destined for Exposure are entered into the Faculty of Science pre-competition.  In addition to the poster presentation, the categories for Exposure include an oral presentation, multimedia presentation and live performance. Science students are welcome to enter any of these.

For information about workshops and resources, judging criteria and tips, please visit the Exposure webpage.

Poster creation guidelines

  • Successful posters strike a balance between academic content, visualisation of research and appeal to a broad audience.
  • The design of the poster must be the student’s own work.  Posters are to be flat, static, with no attachments. No moving images with the help of a smartphone or tablet will be allowed. If your poster has moving parts or images please consider entering the Variety Showcase category.   
  • Title, student name and department must be included on the poster. The poster will not be included in the competition if missing any of these details.  
  • Posters should be A1 size only and can be either landscape or portrait orientation. Larger or smaller than A1 size will not be accepted into the Faculty of Science Postgraduate poster competition.


  • Posters can be printed through the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) Digital Print Centre.  The Faculty of Science will cover the cost of printing one poster per student for the faculty display. 
  • Posters will be printed on Jet Pro Satin that does not require
  • Please use your username to name your file name ie. abc001 and enter FoS Competition in the special instructions area of the request form. If you do not - your file will not be printed.
  • The webpage is Please read file specifications and all other information carefully.
  • You will need to complete the request form and upload your file using the university Web DropOff Box.
  • All information is available on the website. Please read the web site carefully. You must use the site to request a print. You will be notified when your print is ready to collect. Your print will most likely be printed within one working day. 
  • Important – You must flatten your file before saving. 
  • Posters may be collected from outside Creative Print. Building 421, Level 5, room 526. The opening hours are 8am-5pm Monday Wednesday and Friday. Turnaround times vary. Please have your request and file to Creative Print at least one day before you plan to submit your poster.
  • Printing will only be covered by the faculty if done at CAI Creative Print. Unfortunately, there is no reimbursement for printing at any other location.

School and Department contacts

Contact your departmental coordinator for more information.

Biological Sciences
Dr John Taylor

Chemical Sciences
Min-Young Lee

Computer Science
Bruce Sham

Environmental Science
Mila Adam

Exercise Sciences
Kharmin Sukhia

Marine Science
Maria Mugica

Anna Barry

Jeanette Anderson

Odette Groom

Azam Asanjarani


2019 competition winners

Congratulations to our top ranked entrants!

Research Showcase Award

1st place

Tyla Imogen Alexander (Masters)
Migraine: Is it all in your head?
School of Biological Sciences

2nd place

Devina Shetty (Masters)
Plastic crisis: From fish to plate?
Insitute of Marine Science

3rd place

Juliane Gaviraghi Mussoi (PhD)
Are sleepy magpies worse singers?
School of Biological Sciences

People's Choice Award

1st place

Tyla Imogen Alexander (Masters)
Migraine: Is it all in your head?
School of Biological Sciences

2nd place

Hannah Matthews (Masters)
Using lasers to investigate goat milk composition
School of Chemical Sciences

3rd place

Fearghal Walsh (PhD)
The war on cancer: Using metals to stop the powerhouse of the cell
School of Chemical Sciences


Jesusa Lara Sacdalan Tolentino (Masters)
A positive relationship between working memory and callosal morphology in older adults
School of Psychology

Rebecca Richards (PhD)
Male age estimation for forensic samples using Y-chromosome methylation markers
School of Chemical Sciences

Cassandra Mark-Chan (PhD)
What's brown, sticky, and looks like poop? The fine art of masquerade in the North Island lichen moth
School of Biological Sciences

Courtney Lynch (PhD) 
RNA for ID: Forensic body fluid identification using RNA
School of Chemical Sciences

Shyamli Sindhwani (PhD)
ReType for quick text editing in MS Word
School of Computer Science