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Aug. 4, 2022
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AbSciCon 2022 Competition Winners Announced

Announcing the winners of the Poster Competition and Creative Writing Competition from the 2022 Astrobiology Science Conference

AbSciCon 2022 Student Poster Competition

The winners of the Student Poster Competition from the 2022 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon 2022) have been announced! This competition, sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program, is held every AbSciCon and has been a great way to highlight the high-quality, original research being undertaken by our early career scientists.

Please check out the links to the winning posters (complete with audio narration!), and don’t hesitate to reach out and congratulate the winners.

First place in the AbSciCon 2022 Poster Competition, “Bacterial Clathrate-Binding Proteins in the Deep Subsurface Biosphere: Implications for Gas Clathrate Stability and Habitability," Abigail Johnson, Georgia Institute of Technology.
First place in the AbSciCon 2022 Poster Competition, “Bacterial Clathrate-Binding Proteins in the Deep Subsurface Biosphere: Implications for Gas Clathrate Stability and Habitability," Abigail Johnson, Georgia Institute of Technology.Image credit: Abigail Johnson, Georgia Tech.

1st Place:


Abigail Johnson, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Bacterial Clathrate-Binding Proteins in the Deep Subsurface Biosphere: Implications for Gas Clathrate Stability and Habitability

2nd Place:


Lucas Fifer, University of Washington, “Isotopic Fractionation and Volatile Loss on Enceladus Due to Plume Eruption

3rd Place:


Nicole Fiore, University of Nebraska Lincoln, “Calcium Carbonate as a Carbon Source for Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis in the Martian Subsurface

AbSciCon 2022 Creative Writing Competition

The first annual AbSciCon Creative Writing Competition was held in association with AbSciCon 2022. All submissions needed to be related to astrobiology and the search for life, but could also be focused on science, technology, missions, architecture, and management.

The winners are:

POETRY


First place:
Martian Melody, by Lydia Kivrak

Second place:
Once is Never, by Yunha Hwang

Third place:
On Waiting, by Annaliese Meyer

Honorable mention:
Six Limericks of Astrobiology, by Vince LiCata

FICTION


First place:
Pinpricks, by Margaret Weng

Second place:
Encounters, by Teresa McCarrell

Third place:
A Sky Beneath the Crust, by Rohan Chowdhury and Anurup Mohanty

NON-FICTION


First place:
Astrobiological Humanities Group for Interplanetary Protection and Defense Policies, by Flora Dutra

Please join us in also acknowledging all those who participated, organized, and judged the submissions.