About Poster Sessions

The Rausser 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 a 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 2020 Research Showcase

This semester's Research Showcase will be held on Friday, April 17th at the Morgan Hall Lounge from 11am-1pm. Students also have the option of presenting their research as a part of Cal Day, from 11am-1:30pm on Saturday, April 18th. If you would like to participate in either (or BOTH!) poster sessions, please fill out this form

If you are a Rausser College student and would like to have the cost of printing covered by the College, 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 askcnr@berkeley.edu. The deadline to email your poster to have it printed by the College is Thursday, April 9th at 5pm. You must complete registration for the poster session and email your poster by this date.  The hard deadline for poster session registration is Wednesday, April 15th at 5pm.  If you register by this day you must print your poster yourself.

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

Friday, April 17th - Morgan Hall  Lounge

Participants must be available to present from 11am - 1:00pm. Participants will be provided with an easel and a poster board, but should arrive early to set up your display. Dress is business casual. Light refreshments will be provided

CalDay - Saturday, April 18th - GPB Lawn

Participants must be available to present from 11am - 1:30pm. Participants should arrive at 10:30am to put up your poster. Dress is business casual. 

Poster Session Guidelines for Participants

Designing a Poster

Posters can be created in several different ways, but many students prefer to use PowerPoint to design the poster. Here is a useful guide to creating a research poster, from concept to execution. 

Please note that our office can only print posters for students within our college. If you are not a student at Rausser, but you are working in a Rausser lab, we, unfortunately, cannot cover the cost of your poster. We encourage you to check in with your mentor for printing needs.

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 Craig Crossley at askcnr@berkeley.edu.