9th Annual Undergraduate Poster Competition

January 19-23, 2020

Share Your Ideas

January 19-23, 2020

The annual undergraduate poster competition is an opportunity for students to share their research with peers in an international environment while experiencing the academic culture at KAUST. The poster competition will take place during the Winter Enrichment Program, from January 19-23, 2020 offering undergraduate students an opportunity to share their ideas from world-class faculty and researchers. While at KAUST, participants will learn about what’s next within a range of scientific and technology research areas. They will also present posters in a competition-style environment, visit our state-of-the art facilities, and make friends with peers from across the globe. In addition, they will take part in recreational and cultural activities, from snorkeling in the Red Sea to learning more about the rich history of Saudi Arabia.

Fully Funded Opportunity

International and national 3rd and 4th year undergraduate and MS students

Application Deadline: November 17, 2019

Application Requirements

  • International and national 3rd and 4th year undergraduate and MS students
  • 3.5/4.00 GPA
  • Academic Transcript in English
  • Research Abstract
  • Personal Statement indicating student’s academic and research background and their motivation for applying to the program, and long-term academic plans
  • Demonstrated English reading comprehension, speaking, listening and writing abilities
  • Letter of Recommendation

Abstract Guidelines

The research abstract should:

  • Be related to the research topics below
  • Describe background and objective of the topic researched
  • Provide concise summary of the research design, methodology or analytical procedures used
  • Include results/conclusions and significance to the relevant field of study
  • Be between 300 and 500 words

    Participants agree that their abstract/poster may be featured in KAUST publications and/or included on the KAUST website.

    Participants must submit individually.

    For students currently studying in Saudi Arabia:

  • Group submissions will be considered
  • While we would like to host the entire group, up to two participants will be invited to represent the group during the week of the competition. Each team member must submit an individual application. For each submitted application, please include a cover sheet listing ALL group members.

Research topics

Biological, Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)

Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) 

Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Computational Biology; Bioengineering; Food and Water Security; Environmental Microbiology; Biomedical Research; Adaptive Biology; Biophysics; Epigenetics; System Biology; Plant Biology; Marine Biology
Digital Transformation, Machine Learning; AI; Visual Computing; Bioinformatics; Big Data; Extreme Computing; Development of Communication Networks; CMOS integrated circuits; Electronic and Optics/Photonics devices; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS); various types of Sensors; Measurement and Detection Devices; Functional- and Nano-Materials; Biostatistics; Computational Statistics; Data Visualization; Environmental Statistics; Extreme Events; Spatial Statistics; Statistical Data Science; Time Series Analysis;Mathematical and Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Applied Probability, Applied Geometry, Uncertainty Quantification, Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing, including applications to biological and physical systems, machine learning, mathematical economics and finance, control, material sciences, and fluid dynamics.
Energy Efficiency, Future fuels and clean combustion; Composite and Heterogeneous Materials; Mechatronics and robotics; Bubbles and fluids; Sustainability; Energy-Water Nexus; Sensors; Advanced Materials; Atmospheric Processes and Ocean Circulation, Oil Exploration and Reservoir Modelling, Earthquake Processes and Crustal Deformation; Development of new Materials and Processes for Gas and Liquid Separations, for Water Desalination, Catalysis, Sustainable Energy and Nanotechnology;Condensed Matter Physics; Light-matter interaction; Quantum computing/quantum communications

KAUST is an international, graduate-level science and technology research university, ranked 1st in the world in the a3 ranking “20 under 20”, and 1st in the world in the QS World University Rankings for "Citations per Faculty". Located on the shores of the Red Sea, KAUST focuses on STEM research and our Academic community made up of over 100 nationalities who pursue scientific knowledge and new innovations that benefit the world.

Testimonials From Former Participants

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