Note: The 2020 State of the Coast may likely be modified due to COVID-19, we will keep you updated to any changes as they occur. 

The student poster exhibition is a dedicated time when conference participants can view posters and interact with student researchers as they explain their marine-related research and results. The exhibition is an opportunity for students to showcase their research, gain professional experience, and network.

Annual Student Poster Exhibition

State of the Coast invites contributions from advanced undergraduates (juniors or seniors), recent graduates and graduate students.

We welcome poster submissions from any discipline related to issues and opportunities facing the marine environment: biology, anthropology, law, engineering, policy, chemistry, business, ecology, environmental science, management, and more!

See examples of research posters

Annual Student Research Exhibition!

The 2020 call for Student Research Submissions will be available in June 2020.

2019 Submissions were reviewed with the following selection criteria:

  • The applicability of the topic for a general public / mixed audience
  • The connection of the topic with the marine environment/coast of Oregon
  • Submitted on time with all required pieces and in a professional manner. (timeliness, completeness, abstract not exceeding 250 words)

Note that accepted poster presenters were judged at the conference on two things: 1) The design and ability of your poster to effectively visually communicate research in an accessible way to a broad audience with mixed interests. 2) Your ability to verbally communicate in an effective way to a broad audience with mixed interests. 

One poster submission per student.


The winning posters from the 2019 Exhibit are listed below. Please contact us if you need assistance accessing the poster information.

2019 State of the Coast Poster Exhibition First Place

AUTHOR: Steven Manos
TITLE: Juvenile Dungeness crabs try to avoid low pH seawater, but when forced into such unfavorable conditions, they may take longer to find their prey (Abstract)

2019 State of the Coast Poster Exhibition Runner Up 


AUTHOR: Britta Baechler
TITLE: Microplastics in Two Oregon Bivalve Species (Abstract)

2019 State of the Coast Poster Exhibition People's Choice

AUTHOR: Keala Pelekai
TITLE: Evaluation of Pacific Lamprey Statoliths and Eye Lenses as Records of Age, Natal Origin, and Trophic History (Abstract)