Published on June 1, 2014

The IPCC 2014 Student Poster Competition deadline has been extended to June 17th 2014. Please share this announcement with students in your program.

Call for Student Posters

The IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) invites student submissions to the Electronic Poster Competition at the 2014 International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC 2014), which will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme, Meeting Grounds: Lifelong Learning, from Classroom to Workplace provides an opportunity for participants from a range of disciplines to present on a variety of topics. While professional communication students and engineering students may choose to respond directly to the conference theme, they may also choose to submit posters that focus on technical projects, in other words, the products of this lifelong learning.

Who Can Participate

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit electronic posters representing projects related to the conference theme, technical communication or engineering. All winning electronic posters will be displayed on a large monitor during the entire conference.

Submission Guidelines

Participants must submit:

1. A self-explanatory, one-page PDF version of the electronic poster in a landscape orientation. The poster will not be printed and the student will not be presenting, though the poster may be displayed during the conference. Name the PDF file LastName_FirstInitial_IPCC2014

2. A 300 word abstract about the electronic poster explaining its technical or research topic, including an explanation of how the poster succeeds in communicating the message visually. Name the fileLastName_FirstInitial_Abstract_IPCC2014

Submit both these items via Dropbox by no later than June 17th, 2014. Create a Dropbox account ( for your poster PDF and abstract, name the folderLastname_Firstname, and share it with

Winner Selection

Undergraduate and graduate level posters will be judged separately. The competition committee, comprising both academic and practitioner members of PCS, will evaluate the content and design of all posters. The self-explanatory posters must visually illustrate and briefly explain technical projects or research studies related to the conference theme or other topics related to the field of professional communication or engineering. The Judging Rubric for the Poster Competition can be found at:


The competition committee will notify the winners by September 2nd, 2014. In each level, first place and second place winners will be awarded cash prizes. Third place winners from each level will get honorable mentions. All winning posters will be displayed on a large monitor during the conference, but posters will not be printed, and students will not be presenting.


June 17th 2014: Extended deadline for poster submissions
September 2nd 2014: Notification of winners

Funding Opportunities

We are pleased to announce the Carnegie Mellon University Diversity Scholarship and the Hayhoe Fellow Award to support our student presenters.

The Carnegie Mellon University Diversity Scholarship offers three graduate student travel scholarships for the purpose of increasing diversity in technical and professional communication. These scholarships are available to graduate students from a variety of fields (a) who have submitted a final paper accepted for inclusion in the IPCC 2014 proceedings, and (b) who either represent or have demonstrated a commitment to advancing an underrepresented community in technical and professional communication in their respective region, or internationally. For more information, please visit

The Hayhoe Fellow Award supports student participation in the conference by helping to defray their attendance costs. The recipient is selected based on input from the paper reviewers, the conference program committee and the conference chairs. For more information, please visit



For more information about the poster competition, visit