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Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science
College of Natural Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
103 W. 24th St., G2550
Austin, TX 78712

Lynda Gonzales
Director for Student Programs

The poster session is the student's time to shine, a chance to present your research to your colleagues and our guests in a format which is a standard for scientific presentation. Almost all major scientific meetings have "poster sessions," and posters are formatted in a standard way, so it's more than just a celebration of student research; it's preparation for a career in the sciences.

Find out everything you need to know about participating in the Forum in the
CNS Undergraduate Research Forum 2017 - Guide for Presenters

When is it?

The 2017 Undergraduate Research Forum will take place Wednesday, April 12th from 11am to 3pm, in the Shirley Bird Perry Texas Union Ballroom, as part of UT's Research Week.

When do I register?

To participate in the Forum, all participants must complete a registration via the FORUM REGISTRATION SITE by the deadline of Friday, February 24th. If you are presenting as a team, each individual team member should register. 

How do I submit an abstract?
Your abstract must be in this format: FORUM ABSTRACT SUBMSSION TEMPLATE. Save your abstract and name it as follows: your last name_your first two initials. 

All abstracts will be submitted via the FORUM REGISTRATION SITE.  Questions regarding your abstract or abstract submission can be directed to Lynda Gonzales at

DEADLINE: Abstracts are due by midnight on Monday, March 20, 2017.

What size does my poster need to be?

Your poster size must be 42" x 56" and be in a landscape layout.

If you already have a research poster printed that are not those specific dimensions please contact us and let us know.

What do I need to do to be considered for an award?

Indicate on your registration form that you/your group would like to be considered for an award. All that is needed on your end is to turn in your resume.  If presenting a poster as a team, a resume is needed for each team member. 

We will be contacting the research advisor you indicated on your registration form to fill out a quick questionnaire about you/group and your research. Please be sure to let your research advisor know that we will be contacting them.

DEADLINE: Resumes are due by midnight on Monday, March 20, 2017.

How, where and when do I print my poster for the Undergraduate Research Forum?

Posters can be designed in Powerpoint and then saved as a PDF:

  1. In Page Setup, set the size you would like your poster to be. For example, 42" x 56".  Typical font size for the poster title at this scale would be around 90, with poster text around 24.
  2. Please do not use dark backgrounds for your posters. These require too much ink and delays the printing process.

Completed posters can be brought to PAI 3.04 or sent to for printing. When emailing your poster to us please entitle your attached document as follows: last name_first name_URF. Be sure to send your poster file as a PDF. Posters typically take 10 minutes to print (barring any formatting problems) and 15 minutes to dry depending on how dark the poster is (how much ink is used).

Poster printing is provided free of charge by the college to students participating in the research forum. Students are welcome to print their own posters if they have access to alternative resources.

Posters will be displayed in the Texas Union Ballroom the day of the event. Poster frames will be provided and set up in advance.  Posters will be attached using large binder clips.  Binder clips will be provided.

Poster Printing in the College of Natural Sciences

Prior to March 22nd, posters can be printed anytime. Beginning March 20th, poster printing will be scheduled. The poster printer will run all day and student posters will be printed by appointment. The last day of printing will be April 5th (time slots for this date are booked weeks in advance). To schedule an appointment email your printing time request to Please follow the printing instructions above. You should plan to have your poster ready as early in the week as possible to ensure that it is printed with no difficulty in time for the Forum.

What if I already had my poster printed else where?

You will still need to provide us with an electornic copy of your poster. Please email your poster to

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY OF THE FORUM: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The dress for the day of the Forum is business casual, but keep in mind that you will be standing for a long period of time so make sure your shoes are comfortable.

  • 9:30-10:45 am: Presenters Check-In, Texas Union Ballroom
    If we already have your poster, we will set it up for you. If you are bringing your poster, you will need to have it set up no later than 10:00am. 
    **In order to be eligible for an award you will need to check-in and have your poster set up by 10:00am.**    
  • 11:00 am -3:00 pm: Undergraduate Research Forum Poster Session, Texas Union Ballroom
    You don’t have to be at your poster the entire time, but you should be there as much as your class schedule allows. You will be given a card to hang on your poster that indicates the times you will be there. Remember that evaluators, industry representatives, faculty members, and our special guests from MD/PhD programs are eager to speak with you, so be at your poster unless you’ve indicated otherwise on the card.

  • 3:00 – 4:00: Breakdown of posters, Texas Union Ballroom
    If you are unavailable for breakdown, all unclaimed posters will be taken to PAI 3.04 for later pick-up.

For additional questions, contact Lynda Gonzales (