Students, posters, and a free trip to Las Vegas!


Who doesn’t love a free trip to Las Vegas? I would “bet” that some people love it almost as much as they love Analytics!  If you are a student and you are working on a class project, thesis, or dissertation that involves analytics, the Analytics 2012 Student Poster Contest is a great opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

The Analytics 2012 conference will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, October 8-9.  Each year this conference offers a Student Poster Contest  to provide students the opportunity to attend a global conference, showcase their analytic skill, and network with other analytic professionals from over 400 organizations spread across 29 countries.  This is the place to find employers looking for graduates with skills in data mining, forecasting, text analytics, operations research and more.

The top six student poster submissions will receive an all-inclusive award package to attend and present their poster at Analytics 2012. The award includes, airfare, hotel, meals, and free conference registration.

The student poster contest is now open and abstracts are being accepted

Applying to the student poster contest is a two-step process.  For the first step, you need to submit  a 250 word abstract that includes a description of how you have used analytics to improve your processes and/or analyze your work.  Abstracts are being accepted now through August 22, 2012. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified and will then need to submit your finished poster by the due date August 30, 2012.  Posters are judged by committee and winners will be notified by September 7, 2012.

Tips for applying and submitting a poster

  • Main poster and side poster templates are provided and can be downloaded from the poster submission site
  • You are not required to have a side poster
  • Spellcheck your content before you submit

The poster contest website has lots of useful information. analytics conference poster sessionYou can view the list of posters presented at Analytics 2011 and there’s also a link to some successful poster presentation tips.  The end of the semester is just around the corner and the submission due dates are very early in the fall semester so don’t wait.  As you are completing your research this semester, go ahead and submit your abstract and put together your poster.  Good luck and I hope to see you at Analytics 2012!

For questions about the student poster contest, contact


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Julie Petlick

SAS Student Programs Manager

Julie Petlick works in the SAS Education Division as part of the Global Academic Program team. Julie is responsible for the SAS Student Program and is dedicated to supporting teaching and learning.

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  2. The poster submission form does not have a Country field. The guidelines do not restrict participation from non-US students. May I kindly request you to please consider adding the Country field and encourage a fair participation from students all around those countries that atleast have a SAS presence.

    • Julie Petlick
      Julie Petlick on

      Thanks Ankit. This is a great suggestion. You are indeed correct and we encourage participation in the poster session by all students and professionals who are interested. The poster contest is the only aspect that has restrictions on participation and those can be found in the official guidelines which is linked from the poster website:

      • Ankit Dangi on

        Unfortunately Julie, even the Data Mining Shootout does not allow non-US students to participate. May I humbly request representatives of SAS to open up the challenges to students all around the globe.

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