College of Natural Sciences

College Poster Session

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 2023

The 19th annual poster session will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Colusa Hall, Room 100. 

Schedule of Presentors

Day of Event Schedule 



Poster Setup

9:15 a.m - 10 a.m. 

Open to the public

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Required Poster Presentations

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Award Ceremony

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How to Participate

Submit your abstract here!

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 after the event. The date to pick up the certificate has not been confirmed yet. 

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

Poster Session Poster