Biological Sciences

Student Research Symposium 2019

The Twenty-Third Annual Biological Sciences Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019. We invite both graduate and undergraduate research done independently or in conjunction with a class.



11:30 - 3:30 PM
HOLT 225, 227 & 235

1:00 - 4:00 PM
HOLT 129

1:00 - 4:00 PM
HOLT 235

1:00 - 4:00 PM
HOLT 235

4:00 - 5:00 PM
HOLT 170

LaFamila Nacho Bar
5:00 – 6:00 PM


Projects must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Direct application of the scientific method to investigate a biological question.
  2. Development of a method or the collection of observations that could lead to an 

Posters will be grouped and evaluated within five divisions:

  • Undergraduate research projects
  • Class projects - lower division
  • Class projects - upper division
  • Class projects - graduate (includes 697)
  • Master's Thesis Research

Poster areas will be open for public viewing between 1pm and 4pm. Student investigators are required to have their posters in place by 8am and are requested to be present at their posters between 2pm and 3:30pm for informal discussions with symposium attendees. The poster session will be followed by an Awards Seminar at 4pm in Holt 170 and a indoor 'picnic' in Selvester's (large dining room).

Submission of Abstracts

Electronically submit an abstract to the Department of Biological Sciences by Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:59pm. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Abstracts of greater length will be returned to author(s). A program of all posters will be printed and available to participants and the public.

Abstracts must contain the following information to be accepted:

  • Title of the research project
  • Author(s) names and e-mail addresses
  • Sponsoring faculty member name and email address
  • Course number if applicable (Ex. Biol 209, Biol 398, etc)
  • Category (choose one of the following):
    • Individual project (undergraduate)
    • Class project (lower division)
    • Class project (upper division)
    • Class project (graduate)
    • Thesis project (graduate)

* Brief description of the significance of the research, the experimental hypotheses, methods employed and significance of conclusions.

Submit abstracts through the attached Google form(opens in new window)(you must be logged in through your Wildcat portal).

IMPORTANT NOTE: you will NOT receive any confirmation of abstracts received unless they are incomplete, so please check you have all information correct before you submit, and then check for any response in case you need to make changes.  Abstract deadline is FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019, 11:59pm.

Poster Guidelines

The purpose of a scientific poster is to communicate your research and to initiate discussion. Posters should be self-explanatory and should convey research results in a clear, concise fashion. Your poster should contain all the major sections of a scientific paper: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions/Discussion. Sections should be clearly identified and arranged in columns. It is suggested that section headings be printed at 10 mm height. All other text should be legible from a distance of 4 feet (5 to 10 mm height). ( Example 1 (PDF)Example 2 (PDF))

Poster Space

4 feet by 6 feet bulletin board space will be available for each poster. You may tack up individual sheets of paper in your poster space or tack up a large printout of your entire poster.


  • Title and Authors: Place the title and names of authors at the top center of the poster. For readability the title should be 15 mm in height (Legible from 10 feet).
  • Introduction: Give a brief background/foundation, then state the purpose of your research as either a question or hypothesis.
  • Methods: Brief description of the techniques, data collection, replicas and statistics you used. Omit unnecessary detail.
  • Results: Professionally prepared tables and graphs that are easy to read and understand.
  • Conclusions: What did you find out? Did you accept or reject your hypothesis? Describe results in terms of general biological principles. What is the significance of the findings?

How to Make a Full size poster

You create the poster in Powerpoint (using one of the templates below), convert it to a PDF file (following the instructions below), then have it printed at  Rapid Graphics(opens in new window) (students get a 50% discount, so a 48”x36” color poster is $36; Wildcat cards only--no cash). The steps are:

1. Select the Powerpoint template size you wish to work from. You can cut and paste your own text and graphics into the template. Folder with Poster PowerPoint Templates

Templates in Folder:
Basic Professional 48x36
Light to Dark 48x36
Multicolor Gradients 48x36
Neon Boxes 48x36
Tricolor Sidebars 48x36

2. Convert the Powerpoint to a PDF file:

  1. Create your poster in PowerPoint on one of the available templates.
  2. To see your whole poster, choose fit in the size box. To see actual size of figures and text, choose 100%.
  3. Choose "Acrobat" in the top ribbon.  Then choose "Create PDF."
  4. If you don't have "Acrobat" in the top ribbon, follow these steps instead:
  5. Click the Microsoft circle at the top left, or File (depending on your version)
  6. Choose Save As...
  7. Choose Adobe PDF
  8. Name your file, choose a location, and click Save.
  9. You can also choose "Print," and choose Adobe PDF as the printer.

3. Have the PDF file printed at  Rapid Graphics(opens in new window) (Wildcat cards only--no cash).

4. Bring your poster to Holt 225 for display by 8:30 am Friday, May 10, 2019.