Overhead of busy Student Research Poster Competition in progress

The annual Student Research Poster Competition is a signature event for the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students showcase incremental and game-changing discoveries they’ve made through months and sometimes years of work in our labs with our faculty. They share their work with judges from industry, who provide invaluable feedback.

The 2022 event will be a hybrid of the best virtual and in-person elements of the competition, enabling more judges to participate, which will generate more feedback and scores for the participating students.

Award Categories

Student Research Poster (Graduate)

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place

Student Research Poster (Undergraduate)

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place

PLUS: $1,000 Michael Krauski Memorial Award; Learn More 

Student Bonus

All participating students will receive a premium UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Researcher gift (TBD).


April 8 (midnight): Registration for students and judges closes

April 12-17: Virtual preview period for judges

April 18 (7-8 pm): Virtual Round 1 for graduate students

April 19 (7-8 pm): Virtual Round 1 for undergraduate students

April 30 (9 am – 2 pm): In-person Round 1, Round 2 and Awards Ceremony

UWM is one of only two R1-ranked research universities in Wisconsin, and provides graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to workd with top faculty on research that makes a difference in the world.

The Student Research Poster Competition was created to give our students an opportunity to present their research to a professional audience of engineers and computer scientists, just as researchers do at conferences.

All students who participate in the poster competition will receive a premium College of Engineering & Applied Science Researcher item TBD.

If students wish to be considered for the $1,000 Michael Krauski Memorial Award, they should register here by the same deadline.

To participate you must submit two things by midnight on Friday, April 8, 2022:


Standard research poster dimensions are 48” wide x 36” high. We recommend your poster include two or three key findings with complex statistical results translated into simplified charts, tables and bulleted text to convey your findings as part of a focused and understandable story.

Please use this template 44x36GoldBgdBoxes. More tips for poster creation can be found here. Microsoft You will need to upload a PDF file to register for the competition. PowerPoint has a native PPTX-to-PDF converter – just select “Save As,” then choose “PDF” as output format.

File Naming Convention: Please do not use spaces, dashes, underscores, etc. in the names of the files. To make file names more legible, please capitalize only the first letter of each word in the file name. For example, if you have a file named my_poster-competition.pdf, you can rename the file in something like MyPosterCompetition.pdf. Pease keep the length of the file name to a minimum.


Your headshot is optional, though recommended, for the awards ceremony and social media.

Judges from Industry Needed.

UWM is proud to be an R1 Research institution, ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide. The College of Engineering & Applied Science is unique in that both undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to participate in research as part of their college experience.

Do you enjoy learning about student research findings? Can you provide thoughtful and professional feedback and evaluation to help students grow? If so, consider being a volunteer judge for the Student Research Poster Competition. A few hours of your time will have a big impact on our students. No previous judging experience is needed. It’s fun! And you might even meet your next employee or inventor.

This year we will be hosting a hybrid event that will incorporate the best virtual and in-person elements to maximize flexibility for our judges and to generate the most feedback for our students. Our focus is on research posters.

Choose the option based on your preference:

  1. Virtual Only -either April 18 (graduate) or April 19 (undergraduate) from 7-8 pm CST
    1. Judges will be asked to review the work of work of 3-5 undergraduate or graduate students during the virtual portion of Round 1.
  2. In-Person Only – Saturday, April 30 from 9 am – 2 pm CST
    1. The in-person event will include Round 1, Round 2, Lunch, and the Awards Ceremony.
    1. In Round 1 you’ll review the work of approximately three undergraduate or graduate students in one-on-one fashion.
    1. In Round 2 you’ll review the work of the six undergraduate or graduate finalists as they present to the entire audience.
  3. Both Virtual + In-Person
    1. Participate in both of the judging opportunities

 Contact Michelle Boehm at boehmmm@uwm.edu

2022 Timeline:

  • Registration: April 8, 2022 (midnight)
  • Assignments Made: April 12
  • Virtual Preview of Posters: April 12-17 (peruse the posters in the category you have been assigned)
  • Virtual Round 1: Either April 18 (graduate) or April 19 (undergraduate) from 7-8 pm CST
  • In-Person Event: Saturday, April 30 from 9 am – 2 pm


Research (up to 50 points)
  • Research is original and innovative
  • Research has practical implications/research is relevant to current industry needs
  • Research methodology is sound (e.g., research process, data quantity is sufficient)
  • The result/conclusion of the research is clear and easy to understand
Communication (up to 30 points)
  • Student clearly explains project, including initial problem or question, the process, and the result/conclusion
  • Student is able to explain the research in a way that is easily understood by those outside the subject area or without the specific technical expertise
  • Student speaks at an appropriate volume and pace
  • Student demonstrates enthusiasm for the topic

Appearance & Presentation (up to 20 points)
  • Research is displayed in a logical way
  • Data is displayed in such a way that lends itself to clear interpretation
  • Pictures, digital images and graphs are of a high quality

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Congratulations to the winners (and their faculty advisors) of the 2021 Student Research Poster Competition. This year’s competition drew 76 poster submissions and eight senior design project submissions representing all departments in the college. Ninety-one judges from across industry volunteered as judges.

The work of every student who entered in the 2021 competition is worthy of acknowledgment. Their research addresses many of society’s pressing challenges and illustrates the curiosity, passion and abilities of students who attend one of the nation’s top research universities. Congratulations to every student who entered this year’s competition and to all of the faculty advisors who supported and inspired these students in their research efforts.

Finally, thank you to the judges (from Wisconsin and beyond) and the many sponsors who helped make this event possible

Click here to view a full list of student poster entries and to view the two-minute research overview given by each winner.

Click here to enjoy a video of the awards ceremony.


First Place:  Soudeh Mostaghimi (Faculty advisor: Mahsa Ranji)
Second Place:  Syeda Mahmuda Noor (Faculty advisor: Qian Liao)
Third Place: Abdel Rahman Salem (Faculty advisor: Ryo Amano)

First Place:  Hannah Ullberg (Faculty advisor: Pradeep Rohatgi)
Second Place:  Marina Slawinski (Faculty advisor: Ionel Popa)
Third Place (Tie): Morgan Connaughton (Faculty advisor: Mahsa Dabagh) and Corey Huffman (Faculty advisor: Mohammad Rahman)

Senior Design Project
First Place:  Evan Karsten, Kaitlyn Jankowski, Jarod Schneider & Riley Smeaton (West Drexel Avenue Redesign)
Second Place:  Zachary Breider, Ismael Coello, Davan Siegfried & Hannah Ullberg (Time is Money: Reducing the Heat-Treatment Time for Lamellar Pearlite Steel)
Third Place: Reed Blake, Abdulrahman Dunquwah, Ryan Harris, Anna Schenk & Noah Streich (I94 Offramp Improvement at Miller Park at General Mitchell Boulevard)

Mike Krauski Memorial Award
Soudeh Mostaghimi




Senior Design Project Awards

  • First Place: Kaitlyn Bruckner, Annalyse Heinrich, Adan Hernandez, Guillermo Martinez, William Sterns
  • Second Place: Danielle Hawi, Daniel Jadrich, Dora Richardson, Elliott Szabo
  • Third Place: Saleh Almunyif, Benjamin Krolcyzk, Ryan McGonagle, Siew Choong Yip
  • Honorable Mention: Tyler Jankowski, Perry Spott
  • Honorable Mention: Ian Buck, Sam Lear, Kalila Master, Skyler Sandlin, Jake Vetsch
  • Honorable Mention: Evan Hicks, Jordan Jadin, Luke Kraus, Douglas Machkovech, Charles Quentin


  • First Place:Tianyao Ding
  • Second Place: Tarek ElGammal
  • Third Place: Mohammad Rizwen Ur Rahman
  • Honorable Mention: Hadi Akbarihaghighat
  • Honorable Mention: Ghazal Azarfar
  • Honorable Mention: Lizeth Ortiz Reyes
  • Students’ Choice: Farnaz Hajiahmadifoomani


  • First Place: Anthony Pierson
  • Second Place: Andrew Thompson
  • Third Place: Violet Ahnen
  • Honorable Mention: Catelyn Scholl
  • Honorable Mention: Hella Willis
  • Honorable Mention: Patrick Zastrow
  • Student’s Choice: Miguel Jaimes

Departmental Awards


  • Biomedical Engineering: Justin Womack
  • Civil & Enviromental Engineering: Shamsi Mosharraf Trisha
  • Computer Science: Namita Singh
  • Electrical Engineering: Farnaz Hajiahmadifoomani
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering: Shabnam Lashkari
  • Materials Science & Engineering: Murtatha Jamel
  • Mechanical Engineering: Jingyu Si


  • Biomedical Engineering: Nicole Vigon
  • Civil & Enviromental Engineering: Rosalba Huerta
  • Computer Science: Nathan Kohls
  • Electrical Engineering: Nathan Swanson
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering: Dora Richardson
  • Materials Science & Engineering: Olivia Rush
  • Mechanical Engineering: Anthony Pierson

Mike Krauski Memorial Award: Anthony Pierson



  •  First Place: Marco Lo Ricco
  •  Second Place: Reed Heintzkill
  • Third Place: Mohsen Manjili
  • Honorable Mention: Shabnam Lashkari
  • Honorable Mention: Reihaneh Rostami
  • Honorable Mention: Saeed Yazdani
  • Students’ Choice: Yun Yuan


  • First Place: Nisrit Pandey
  • Second Place: Hella Willis
  • Third Place: Joshua Myszewski
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Becker
  • Honorable Mention: Danielle O’Hagan
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Stefik
  • Students’ Choice: Nisrit Pandey

Mike Krauski Memorial Award: Janeé Pederson



  • First Place: Ali Bakhshinejad
  • Second Place: Yaojun Wang
  • Third Place: Soheil Hosseini
  • Honorable Mention: Axam Elyasigorji
  • Honorable Mention: Mohammad Rashidi
  • Honorable Mention: Yihan Xu
  • Students’ Choice: Sourav Das


  • First Place: Ameralys Correa
  • Second Place: Emily Gerstein
  • Third Place: John Mortimer
  • Honorable Mention: Nisrit Pandey
  • Honorable Mention: Christopher Spiewak
  • Honorable Mention: Andrew Thompson
  • Students’ Choice: Anne Barlas

Mike Krauski Memorial Award : Andrew Thompson



  • First Place: Ali Bakhshinejad
  • Second Place: Rex Chin-Hao Chen
  • Third Place: Fereshteh Bashiri
  • Honorable Mention: Nazanin Maani
  • Honorable Mention: Mandana Sheikhzad Saravani
  • Honorable Mention: Mahya Sheikhzadeh
  • Students’ Choice: Vikas Singh


  • First Place: Emily Gerstein
  • Second Place: Aleksey Yermakov
  • Third Place: Anne Barlas
  • Honorable Mention: Robert Hansen
  • Honorable Mention: Trishika Santebennur
  • Honorable Mention: Christopher Spiewak
  • Students’ Choice: Gonzalo Couto-Lain


  • First Place: Erika Pliner
  • Second Place: Dongqing Pan
  • Third Place: Alexa Hernandez Principe
  • Honorable Mention: Junling Xie
  • Honorable Mention: Ahmad Pahlavan Tafti
  • Honorable Mention: Seyedmohammad Shams
  • Students’ Choice: Jingyi Zhang


  • First Place: Jud Riggins
  • Second Place: Aleksey Yermakov
  • Third Place: Jesse Nechodom
  • Honorable Mention: Quinn Porter
  • Honorable Mention: Luke Steinbach
  • Honorable Mention: Steven Acker
  • Students’ Choice: Jud Riggins


  • First Place: Whitney Linz
  • Second Place: Qianyi Zhang
  • Third Place: Cunyu Zhao
  • Honorable Mention: Blake Johnson
  • Honorable Mention: Salman Karbasi
  • Honorable Mention: Junling Xie
  • Students’ Choice: Guihua Zhou


  • First Place: Ryan Frazier
  • Second Place: Alexa Hernandez
  • Third Place: Aleksey Yermakov
  • Honorable Mention: Brady Moe
  • Honorable Mention: Matthew Cowap
  • Honorable Mention: Dung Pham
  • Students’ Choice: Brady Moe


  • First Place: Scott Muzenski
  • Second Place: Leah Enders
  • Third Place: Ahmadreza Baghaie


  • First Place: Ryan Frazier
  • Second Place: Patrick Stepanski
  • Third Place: Alexa Hernandez



  • First Place: Carlton Reeves
  • Second Place: Zheng Ge & Patrick Kelly
  • Third Place: Reyhaneh Sepehr & Kevin Staniszewskie


  • First Place: Elise Uphoff
  • Second Place: Patrick Stepanski
  • Third Place: Arielle Walker


  • First Place: Huilei Zhao & Qiang Zhai
  • Second Place: Justin Effinger & Joe Komorowski
  • Third Place: Rossana Rivero Guidez, Adrianna Eason, Alex Cain, Morteza Janbaz, Brandon Patterson and Nihar Talati


  • First Place: Paul Sisneros
  • Second Place: Vitostix And Vijolom III, Guatemala
  • Third Place: Joe Balloni


  • First Place: Tan Liu
  • Second Place: Menaka Abeygunawardena
  • Third Place: Andrew Dressel


  • First Place: Andrew Hastert & Hector Fuentes
  • Second Place: Joseph Pfannes
  • Third Place: EWB@UWM


  • First Place: Omar Martinez & Andrew Ruzek
  • Second Place: Marcia Silva & Sandra McLellan
  • Third Place: Michael Brzeski


  • First Place: Julie Cease
  • Second Place: Quejchip, Guatemala
  • Third Place: Taran Bedi & Tony Darelius, Sunderam Krishnan

Judges Needed

A few hours of your time provides invaluable feedback for our students. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Register your interest here.

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