About Poster Sessions

The College of Natural Resources Office of Instruction and Student Affairs sponsors two poster sessions each year (fall and spring) for undergraduates to present their research to the community. This is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Gain communication and presentation skills
  • Learn to summarize your research, an integral part of scholarship
  • Get recognition for your hard work on a research project
  • Have the chance to discuss your project with others who share your interests
  • Give the local community a chance to learn about the exciting research being done by you, a fabulous undergraduate
  • Add another great experience to your professional resume
  • Get a Certificate of Participation

Spring 2019 Research Showcase & Cal Day Research Open House

This semester's Research Showcase will be held on Friday, April 12th at the Morgan Hall Lounge from 10am-11:30am. The Cal Day Research Open House will be held on the GPB lawn from 11am-1:30pm on Saturday, April 13th. If you would like to participate in either poster session (or both), please fill out this form

If you are a CNR student and would like to have the cost of printing covered by CNR, you must indicate that on your registration form. Your finished poster must be 36" Height x 48" Width and must be emailed in PDF format to Anna Hoehenrieder (annah608@berkeley.edu). The deadline to email your poster to have it printed by CNR is Wednesday, April 3rd at 12pm. You must both register for the poster session and email your poster by this date.  The hard deadline for poster session registration is Wednesday, April 10th at 5pm.  If you register by this day you must print your poster yourself.

The final day to register and have your poster printed by the college will be April 3rd at 12pm. Register for the poster session here.

Students completing a student-initiated SPUR project or participating in the travel grant this semester must participate in at least one poster session.

Poster Session Guidelines for Participants

Participants must be available to present from 11:00 - 12:30pm. Participants will be provided with an easel and a poster board. Dress is business casual.

Please note that poster printing is only open to CNR students. If you are not a CNR student, but you are working in a CNR lab, we, unfortunately, cannot cover the cost of your poster. We encourage you to check in with your mentor for printing needs.

Designing a 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. You may also design and print your poster in a large format.

Printing a 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 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 MGCF be sure to contact the center well in advance to schedule a printing appointment for the week preceding the poster session.


Please contact Anna Hoehenrieder, annah608@berkeley.edu.