Student Poster Competition

Submissions due by February 15, 2016

Are you a student and interested in LID?

2nd Biennial Great Plains Low Impact Development Research and Innovation Symposium
Omaha, NE, March 7-9, 2016

The following three tracks will be offered at the conference:

  • Research: Includes presentations on field, laboratory, and modeling of any LID application. Abstracts may address any current practice, innovative new solutions, current or future initiatives, or other creative concepts.
  • Applied: Includes practical and innovative applications of LID. Completed and proposed designs of LID, including the engineering, architectural, and design aspects, are appropriate. Practical applications along with cost comparisons are encouraged.
  • Policy: Includes presentation and discussion of existing and proposed solutions related to LID regulation, implementation, education, and roadblocks.

The conference will focus on the Great Plains region. Students interested in the NeFSMA Student Poster Competition should submit a Student Poster Abstract (at right) by February 15, 2016. 

What is Low Impact Development?

Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with the local environment to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible to mimic a site’s pre-devlopment hydrology.

Submission Guidelines

Poster Format

The poster must include the following information: poster title and author’s name, organization/affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, telephone, and E-mail address).  The Great Plains LID will provide an easel and foam board (3 ft. X 4 ft., and clips to attach the poster) for displaying the poster during the Symposium.  To be eligible to compete, student posters must not exceed this size limitation.  For additional assistance with poster display (especially if you have any special requirements), contact the Great Plains LID before February 28, 2016.  It is the presenter’s responsibility to print the poster.

Poster Display

To compete in the contest, posters must be set up at the event site (University of Nebraska Omaha in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center) at 8 am on March 8, 2016. The student must be available at the poster on that day during all breaks and the evening reception to answer questions. Poster judging will occur during breaks throughout the day.

Student Poster Awards

Student posters will be considered for a Student Poster Award: 

  • 1st – $500
  • 2nd – $300
  • 3rd – $200

Each score will be based on the evaluations of three judges of the poster (including layout/design, information, and scientific merit), abstract, and author’s responses to questions.  Winners will be announced at the LID Competition Awards event on the evening of March 8th, 2016.  It is not necessary to be present at the awards event to win, but all authors are encouraged to attend.  Cash prizes will be awarded and dispersed after the event.

Symposium Registration

The student author of each poster must register for the Symposium.  Admission will be free but you must present your student ID when you check-in the day of the event.  Registration will be available through


You will be contacted by the Great Plains LID if you are chosen as a finalist.  You will be expected to submit a PDF file of your poster that will be posted on the symposium website.  Each abstract will also be published in the Symposium Proceedings.