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 2017 Poster Session

This semester's Poster Session will be held on Friday, April 21st, 11:30-1pm at Giannini Lobby. You will also have the option to present the your poster at Cal Day on Saturday, April 22nd, 11:30-1pm at the Genetics & Plant Biology Lawn. If you would like to participate in the Spring 2017 Poster Session, you are required to register by completing 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 Helen Sim (hysim@berkeley.edu). Priority deadline is Friday, April 14th and the hard deadline is Monday, April 17th, by 5pm. After the April 17th deadline, participants will have to provide their own posters for the Poster Session. 

The final registration deadline is Friday, April 14th, by 5pm. Please click on the form link above to register.


Poster Session Guidelines for Participants

Participants must be available to present from 11:30 - 1pm. 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 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 Patricia Helyer, phelyer@berkeley.edu or Helen Sim, hysim@berkeley.edu