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 2019

The 15th annual poster session will be held on Monday, April 29 from
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100. 

View the Spring 2019 full abstract booklet (PDF).  

Day of Event Schedule 
Poster Setup9:15 a.m - 10 a.m. 
Open to public11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Required Poster Presentations12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Award Ceremony3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How to Participate

Abstract submission will begin Monday, March 25 and will continue until 5 pm on Monday, April 15th.

The deadline for abstract submissions has past.   

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

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. Award certificates will be issued to all winners and will be available for pick up at the dean's office (Holt 285) on Wednesday, May 1st. 

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

14th Annual Poster Session Winner

Judge's Awards

Graduate/Faculty Research

Impact of increased incubation temperature and thermal stress on the aerobic scope and thermal tolerance of juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Nicholas M. Balfour, Carlos A. Estrada, Rebecca A. Pilakowski, Dylan K. Stompe and Dr. Amanda L. Banet

Undergraduate/Faculty Research

Fate of Heavy Metals in Urban Stormwater Biofiltration Systems
Bryn Copson and Dr. Sandrine Matiasek

Student Class Project

A survey of native and non-native plant populations on a managed California grassland at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve
Felisa Vallejo

People's Choice Awards

Graduate/Faculty Research

The Painted Gorge fault, a potentially active dextral fault in the northeastern Coyote Mountains, Salton Trough, California
Sean Lucas, Jay Smart and Dr. Ann Bykerk-Kauffman

Undergraduate/Faculty Research

Microwave-Assisted, Low-Energy Development of PEGylated PdCo Alloy Nanoparticles for Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction
Michael R. Smith, Hsin-ya Kuo, Danrui Ni, Aubrey R. Paris, James E. Park, An Chu, Teresa Tang and Andrew B. Bocarsly 

Student Class Project

Interpreting the Magmatic Evolution and Emplacement of the Bald Rock Pluton through Geochemical and Petrographic Analysis 
April Bischel, Andre Bourret, Evan Davis, Danny Fields, Nicholas Holt, Evan Mason, Margaret Pierce, Natlalio Plascencia, Amy Robson, Corey Ritchardson-Fernandez, Neil Trent, Emily Truscott and Dr. Hannah Aird