The second annual Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Student Research Poster Competition will take place at Soybean Summit on February 1, 2024, at the I Hotel in Champaign, IL (1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820). Funded by the ISA checkoff program, the ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit provides a fantastic lineup of expert speakers sharing the latest in soybean agronomy, sustainable production, and agribusiness management. 

Undergraduate and graduate students conducting soybean related research in Illinois are invited to present a poster. The research does not have to be funded by ISA for students to enter the competition. Cash awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

Students interested in entering the competition should register by 4 pm on Friday, December 15. Click here to register. Have your poster title and an abstract (300-word max) prepared when you go to register.  


  • Students should have their poster in place at the I Hotel in Champaign by 10:15 am at the latest on February 1, 2024, but they are invited to attend for the entire Soybean Summit. 
  • Students are encouraged to stand by their posters during two breaks throughout the day (at 10:15-10:35 am and 2:45-3 pm) to interact with farmers and ag industry professionals attending the event. We expect a crowd of 200-300 at this event, so it will be great networking experience! 
  • The competition will take place from 4-5:30 pm. Students again will be asked to stand at their poster while judges and attendees circulate the room. Winners of the poster competition will be announced at 5:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres, as well as two drink tickets per person, will be available during the competition. 

During the first ISA Student Research Poster Competition in February 2023, 12 students presented a wide array of soybean related research topics to attendees of Soybean Summit. You can learn more about the students and their research from last year’s competition here: 

2023 Student Research Poster Competition (L-R: Brady Holst, Illinois Soybean Association Board Member and Judge, and Leo Rocha, Postdoc at Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

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About the Author: Jennifer Jones

​As Research Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Jennifer Jones works on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers in the development and the implementation of conservation agricultural research and outreach programs. She supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to ISA’s farmer audiences; leads demonstration of conservation agriculture practices; and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois. Contact Jennifer at

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