Poster Symposium - Call for Poster Abstracts

Poster Symposium

Call for Poster Abstracts


The 9th annual Arkansas Association for Food Protection (AAFP) general meeting will be held September 19-21, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Springdale, Arkansas.  The Education Committee for the AAFP would like to invite all current and future members (must be a member at the time of abstract submission) to submit abstracts for scientific posters based on any food safety research/work they have done (current or past, published or unpublished).  Students (undergraduate and graduate), post-docs and professionals are encouraged to participate in the poster symposium.  Posters can be submitted for one of the following categories:

  1.  Food Safety Including Fundamental Understanding of Pathogens (Graduate)
  2. Interventions, Pre and Post harvest (Graduate)
  3. Pet Food and Animal Feed Safety (Graduate)
  4. Other and Misc. (Graduate)
  5. Undergraduate (all categories)
  6. Non-competition Posters (post-docs, industry, vendors, and other non-student posters)

Students can also enroll in a poster competition with a panel of judges that will award prizes for the top posters.  The poster competition will include all posters submitted for the first 5 categories. 

Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts are due by September 1, 2017, 5 pm central standard time.  Late abstracts may be accepted, but will not be enrolled for the poster competition or be listed in the abstract booklet.
  2. Abstracts must include the following information:
    1. Title-Calibri Font, size 16
    2. Authors-Calibri Font, size 14
    3. Body-Calibri Font, size 12
      1. Body must include the following sections:
        1. Introduction
        2. Method
        3. Significance
        4. Results
      2. Body can not exceed 350 words.
    4. Keywords- Calibri Font, size 12
      1. 1 to 3 keywords must be listed at bottom of the abstract.
    5. Which category the presenter would like the poster submitted (this will determine if the poster is a competition poster or non-competition poster).
  3. Membership dues must be paid before submission of abstracts.  Proof of paid membership dues/meeting registration is due at the time of the abstract submittal.
  4. Please submit abstracts to

Presentation of Posters

  • Posters must be hung between 5 pm and 7 pm September 19, 2017 and must remain on display throughout the meeting.
  • Posters must be removed within 60 minutes of the end of the meeting on September 21, 2017.
  • Any posters remaining after this time will be removed and destroyed.
  • Final posters are limited in size to 4’ by 4’.  Larger posters may not be displayed due to the limit in space.
  • Authors are required to be present with their posters during the following times (judging will occur during this time frame):
  • Categories 1-3: Wednesday, September 20th from 9-11 am.
  • Categories 4-5: Wednesday, September 20th from 2-4pm.
  • Winners will be notified by 9 pm via e-mail on Wednesday, September 20th.
  • Winners will be announced Thursday, September 21st during the luncheon.

Further information will be available at the AAFP website ( as the meeting approaches.  If you have any questions, please call Jerri Lynn Pickett at 479-290-7104 or e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you at the 9th annual AAFP Meeting!!