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Coastal Connections at LSU – Infographic Challenge

Louisiana Sea Grant will host an Infographic Challenge Coastal Connections competition at Louisiana State University on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. in Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. The competition is open to all graduate students conducting coastal research.

In this competition students will use a mixture of visual imagery and text to effectively communicate their research findings. An infographic is a tool that combines imagery, text, and statistical figures to easily convey a subject. They help communicate information quickly and clearly. This Coastal Connections competition will focus on the ability of students to consolidate their ideas, crystalize their research discoveries and share them using the power of visual media.

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Application Timeline

  • October 15: Pre-register for the competition (this is so we know how many posters we will need to print and how many easels to set up)
  • October 27: E-mail posters to Dani DiIullo for printing
  • October 29: Come for lunch, view posters and hear about other student opportunities
    (Note: event attendance is not required for award consideration)
  • November 1: Awardees announced

Judging Criteria

Infographics will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Content: is the infographic informative, does it contain original research, is the subject matter compelling
  • Creativity: does the infographic draw the audience in, is information presented in interesting ways to tell a story, does the format/layout flow well
  • Design: does the infographic adequately balance substance and style, is it visually appealing, are fonts and figures legible


Louisiana Sea Grant will offer travel awards of $500 to the top three students based on effective presentation. These travel awards are for professional meetings or development opportunities that would allow the students to cultivate skills for sharing their research. These awards are to be used for meetings within a year from the Coastal Connections competition.

Competition Rules

  • One infographic per student
  • Students can work together, but would be required to share any award
  • Poster size should be 18” x 24” (or 24” x 18”)
  • Infographics can be presented in either landscape or portrait orientation
  • This document must stand alone. No URLs links, QR codes, etc.
  • Research must pertain to the coast, but not necessarily coastal Louisiana
  • The final document must be a PDF, but it can be created using any software
  • You do not need to be present on October 29

Competition Contact: Dani DiIullo ([email protected])

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