Research Contest

Research into the development of novel energy and resource-related technologies and the affiliated policies, is a vital part of addressing the key energy-related challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.  To promote the development of energy research in the academic community, the UT Energy Week allows for full-time undergraduate and graduate students to participate in an interdisciplinary research poster competition. Prizes will be awarded to the best research posters in each of the categories below.

Important Dates

ABSTRACT DEADLINE : Monday, January 28th, 2019

Submit to:

RESEARCH COMPETITION: Monday, February 4th, 2019

Competition Categories

(1) Emerging Energy Technologies and Solutions

Research on emerging technologies in the energy sector, including but not limited to renewables, storage, and fossil fuels.

(2) Energy Economics, Law, Communication, and Policy

Research on societal impacts, policy, law, and communication and public opinion.

(3) Financial and Economic Solutions

Research on energy finance and economics to shape and facilitate changes in the energy industry.


Abstract Acceptance: Each abstract accepted to the poster competition will be awarded $25. This award is contingent on being present for the poster competition. Winners of the larger financial awards below may not collect.

Poster Competition: A panel of judges from academia and industry will score research posters submitted by the students selected to present at the research competition. Prizes will be awarded to the two highest scoring posters from each competition category (there will be a third place depending on number of participants in each category) and there will be one overall crowd favorite and one overall best undergraduate poster:

  • First place: $500

  • Second place: $250

  • Third place: $200

  • Crowd Favorite: $250

  • Best undergraduate: $200

Abstract Guidelines

Students will submit an abstract by January 28th, 2019 outlining their own energy-related research and will be notified by January 30th, 2019 if they are selected to present at the UT Energy Forum research competition.

The rubric used to grade abstracts is available here

Submitted abstracts should identify the competition category most affiliated with the work and adhere to the following formatting guidelines:

  • Abstracts should include a title, the names of all contributing authors, a description of the key research findings along with relevant figures

  • Complete abstract should not exceed one page in length

  • Abstract text should not exceed 250 words in length

  • Abstract files should be submitted in Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf) format

Abstracts should clearly articulate the results and impact of original, academically rigorous energy-related research. 

Please email this abstract to and include:

  • Your abstract that satisfies the criteria above

  • Your email and phone number

  • Your institutional affiliation

Contact Information

Dilge Kanoglu & Spencer Trihus

VPs of Research

Longhorn Energy Club


GAIN 2019 poster competition

In addition to the Energy Week's poster competition, Longhorn Energy Club invites you to participate in GAIN 2019's poster session organized by the Graduate Engineering Council (GEC), where all graduate engineering students are able to participate. GAIN (Graduate And Industry Networking) is an annual networking opportunity that allows graduate engineering students to showcase their research and talents to industry representatives. Additionally, all poster presenters are invited to an awards banquet during the evening where distinguished poster presenters will receive departmental and industry awards.


The same poster will be allowed to participate in the Energy Week's poster competition and GAIN, if accepted.

GAIN will be held on February 5, 2019 from 1-8 pm, at the Texas Union Building. The poster session will take place from 2-4 pm and the awards banquet begins at 6:15 pm. Registration is currently open for students and more information about GAIN 2019 can be found on the GAIN 2019 website. We hope to see you at GAIN 2019!