College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Poster Sessions

CNR undergraduate students are invited to share their research with fellow students, faculty and friends.

Fall Session

At CNR you can save the world and see it at the same time!

Please check back in the fall.

Designing a Poster

You will be provided with poster board (30” x 40”) to mount your poster.

Posters can be made several different ways, but many students prefer to use PowerPoint to design the poster. Your poster could be assembled from separate 8.5" x 11" sheets printed in (shades of) black and white, or on a color printer. Or you could design and print your poster in large format.

Printing Your Poster

If you create one large poster, ask your research mentor if s/he can help you get access to a large format printer (plotter) and cover the printing cost. If this is not possible, you may have a poster printed in special facilities such as the CNR Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) in 111 Mulford Hall, or the Molecular Graphics and Computation Facility (MGCF) in 175 Tan Hall. You may also look into local printing shops as additional options.

To have your poster printed at GIF or MGCF be sure to contact the center well in advance to schedule a printing appointment for the week preceding the poster session. 

If funding is an issue, please make sure to indicate as such on the registration form.

Other Resources

Register for CNR Poster Sessions

Spring 2013 Poster Session registration is now closed

Judging Criteria

Posters are judged on a scale of 60 possible points for the following criteria:


  • Does the poster focus on a well-defined problem?
  • Can the overall problem and solution approach be grasped quickly and easily?
  • Is the quality of writing clear, complete and concise?
  • Is the poster complete, containing an introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections?
  • Are the sections placed in appropriate order?

Twenty points possible.

Visual Organization: Visuals and Text

  • Is the overall presentation of the poster aesthetically appealing?
  • Does it summarize the "problem" or research question in a clear comprehensive manner?
  • Visuals: Are the visuals attractive and of high quality?
  • Visuals: Is the use of images and text helpful to the overall understanding of the subject?
  • Visuals: Are all the figures properly attributed?
  • Text: Is the poster easy to read from a reasonable distance?
  • Text: Are the methods, results, and conclusions easily understood in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Text: Are the details adequate to convey the main idea?
  • Text: Is there correct use of grammar?

Twenty points possible

Verbal presentation

  • Does the presenter explain his or her work in a clear manner and have the ability to maintain audience interest?
  • Does the presenter have the ability to describe how data was collected and analyzed?
  • Can the presenter clearly summarize the body of work?
  • Can the presenter answer questions?

Twenty points possible