Eighth Data Users Workshop

Eighth Data Users Workshop

Eighth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop
Student Program

30 September - 2 October 2014
Boulder, Colorado U.S.A.

Student Program Overview

We are soliciting submissions of posters from undergraduate and graduate university students, to share your experience with and/or plan for using FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC data.

The purpose of the poster session is to provide students an opportunity to share their research, to practice their presentation skills, to interact with other attendees, and to receive feedback on their research from both scientific experts and other students.

In conjunction with the Student Poster Session, students may choose to compete for the Outstanding Student Poster Award. While all students who participate in the Poster Session can expect to receive feedback, recognition and an award will be given to top students who choose to compete at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students must indicate their desire to compete during the registration process in order to be eligible for the Outstanding Student Poster Award. Students will be evaluated based on the clarity of presentation and scientific content of both their poster and short oral presentation.


Poster Abstract Submission: 14 July 2014
Student Financial Support Application: 7 July 2014
Abstract Acceptance Notification: by 1 August 2014
Student Financial Travel Support Notification: by 1 August 2014

Registration and Fees

100 USD for all students.

COSMIC will cover the student registration fee for all students (U.S. and foreign) who submit poster abstracts. Select payment method "Pay at Event." Students may still see a fee assessed but it will be waived after the abstract submission deadline passes and the poster abstracts are accepted.

Financial Support

All U.S. students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) submitting poster abstracts are eligible to be considered for travel assistance. U.S. students should apply online at the workshop registration website. The level of support available for each U.S. student is limited and is based on the number of students who apply and the types of assistance requested. U.S. students will be notified of the level of support by 1 August 2014. Travel arrangement information will be sent to the U.S. students who will receive financial travel support from UCAR.

Poster Session

All students participating in the Student Poster Session should submit a poster abstract through the workshop registration website by 14 July 2014. Posters will be presented in a formal student poster session at the Eighth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop.

The formal student poster presentations will consist of two components:
     1. Poster
     2. Poster Introduction


  • The poster display boards are 60 inches tall by 47 inches wide. Participants should ensure that their poster fits within these dimensions and yet the bottom of the poster is still easy to view. The minimum suggested poster size is 36 inches tall by 40 inches wide.
  • Posters should include a poster title, information identifying the researcher(s) and their affiliation(s), an abstract, and a short summary of objectives, methodology, results and conclusions.
  • Posters should be hung on the poster display boards before 12:00 noon on 30 September 2014 in the South Auditorium. Poster boards will be assigned and a list of these assignments will be posted outside of the South Auditorium. Posting materials will be supplied.
  • Senior scientists in the poster topic field will be invited to talk to each student during the poster session. Students should plan to stand with their posters in order to orally present them and answer questions.
  • A .ppt or .pdf file of your poster should be sent to cosmicworkshop@ucar.edu by Friday, 19 September for posting on the workshop website.

Poster Tips:

  • State the objectives at the start
  • An abstract is not an introduction
  • Assume viewers are not specialists on your topic
  • Do not crowd the space with too many results (font size)
  • State conclusions for each figure nearby, not only at the end of the poster
  • Emphasize the scientific significance and originality of your work
  • Extract the essence of the work for the viewer, both orally and visually

Poster Introduction:

Prior to the workshop poster session, each student participant is expected to give a three (3) minute oral presentation. The oral presentation will consist of one slide summarizing the poster. This slide should include a poster title, authors(s) and their affiliation(s), and a brief highlight of results.

Please send this one slide .ppt or .pdf file to cosmicworkshop@ucar.edu by Friday, 19 September.

Visit the Presenter FAQs page for more information.

To view past examples of student posters, visit the "Student Posters" section of the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011 and 4th FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop websites.

Additional Student Program Activities (optional)

Roundtable discussion with UCAR/NCAR, private industry, and university scientists
Thursday, 2 October
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Center Green Building 1 (CG1) Room 3150
(Lunch will be provided)


Each U.S. student receiving travel assistance (per diem, lodging, and/or airfare) will be required to write a short report following the conclusion of the workshop. Details will be provided to the selected students prior to the workshop.

2014 Student Reports


The Student Poster Session of the Eighth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users' Workshop is sponsored by the:
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's (UCAR) COSMIC Program
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Science Council (NSC) Taiwan

Student Session Planning Committee

Dr. Nicholas Pedatella (Chair, Student Session)

Student Session Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at:

Email: cosmicworkshop@ucar.edu
Phone: +1.303.497.8346 (Michelle Harrison)