College of Natural Sciences

College Poster Session

The annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session is an established event where students, faculty and clubs have the opportunity to present their original research or student activities to the College, University and Chico Community.

This event is organized by college faculty members.

Spring 2018

The 14th annual poster session will be held on Monday, April 30 from
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100

Day of Event Schedule

Poster Setup10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Open to public11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Required Poster Presentations12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Award Ceremony3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

How to Participate

Submit your abstract to participate in th college poster session. 

The College of Natural Sciences will open the link for abstract submissions on Monday, March 26th.  Deadline for abstract submissions is 5 pm on Monday, April 16th.  

After submitting your abstract, a unique URL will be included in your confirmation email. Use this URL to edit your abstract, up until the closing date.

How to Design Your Poster

  • Available poster space is 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall
    • Most posters are printed 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall
  • Keep your scientific process in mind when designing your poster
  • Try and have a nice balance between text and figures

Description of a Strong Poster

  • The hypothesis/objective of the project is stated clearly and concisely
  • Sufficient background and motivation for the project is provided to show clear relevance beyond the project
  • Clear description of what methods were used to carry out the research is provided, along with appropriate rationale for why specific methods were chosen
  • Sufficient data is presented to address the hypothesis/object for project and the presentation is data is clear, thorough and logical
  • Reasonable conclusions relating to the hypothesis/objective of project are given and strongly supported with evidence, and relevance of the project's findings in a wider context was discussed
  • All expected components are present, clearly laid out, and easy to follow; text is concise, legible and error-free; appropriate visuals improved understanding of the content

*pending printing resources

How Winners are Selected

There are two awards types, Judge's Award and People's Choice Award. Within each award type, three winners will be announced by category:

  • Graduate/Faculty Research
  • Undergraduate/Faculty Research
  • Student Class Project

Please use the description of strong posters (listed above), as the judge's criteria for evaluating posters.

All winners will be announced during the Award Ceremony.

Judge's Award

  • Each poster will be reviewed by three judges
  • Posters that closely fit the description of strong posters will earn higher scores
  • One Judge's Award winner is chosen for each category
  • Judge's Award winners earn the highest judged score, in their perspective category

People's Choice Award

  • Everyone who is attends the Poster Session event will be given People's Choice ballot to vote for their favorite poster
  • One People's Choice winner is chosen for each category
  • People's Choice winners earn the largest number of ballots, in their perspective category

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the College of Natural Sciences Poster Session, please direct your questions to

13th Annual Poster Session Winner

Judge's Awards

Graduate/Faculty Research

Effects of Sulforaphane in the Tumor Microenvironment of Triple-negative Breast Cancer
Ed Slattery, Troy Cline and Lauren Housley

Undergraduate/Faculty Research

BWELL - Biofiltration Wetland Educational and Living Laboratory
Dylan Anderson, Gabrielle Cahill, Courtney Copper, Chad Faulk, Noah Sammuli and Michael Matiasek

Student Class Project

Every Woman Counts
Shannon Watson and Julie Wilson

People's Choice Awards

Graduate/Faculty Research

The Effect of Biotic Iron Cycling on Mercury Transformations in an Estuarine Salt Marsh
Charles Brooke and Emily Fleming-Nuester

Undergraduate/Faculty Research

Estimating the Wild Trout Population in the Grass Valley Creek Reservoir
Dan Hiney and Kristen Kaczynski

Student Class Project

A Field and Petrographic Interpretation of the Emplacement of the Bald Rock Pluton (BRP), Northern Sierra Nevada
Ryan Beane, Jocelyn Bermudez, David Brown, Chad Dodge, Danny Fields, Nichole Hadler-Marsden, Julian Hooper, Evan Mason, James Matthews, Ryan O'Sullivan, Angelica Rodriguez, Matthew Suttles, Sarah Torkelson and Hannah Aird