“…your title (headline) is 90% of your communication effort.”
– Zen Faulkes (August 7, 2014)

The poster abstract selection committee selected 290 abstracts from research groups at 22 CSU campuses out of the 372 abstracts submitted this year (a 78% acceptance rate).

Tips and guidelines for making poster presentations and giving talks

Now it’s time to start pulling posters together! Poster board size this year will be 3′ wide by 3.75′ tall.  Your poster may be any size equal to or smaller than these dimensions.

Some students attending the symposium will be giving poster presentations, elevator talks, talking with award selection committees, and even giving 10-minute talks to the ~600 people at the symposium. The links below will take you to good sources of advice and help you tell an engaging story in January!


 2018  Symposium Poster Eligibility and Selection Process

CSUPERB defines biotechnology as a fusion of biology and technology. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization lists biotechnology examples, applications, and sectors. CSUPERB explicitly adds to these lists health IT and medical device research and development.

Accordingly, CSUPERB welcomes and accepts abstract submissions from CSU faculty and students in all disciplines related to the current practice of biotechnology, including but not limited to life science, physical science, engineering, clinical science, math, computer science, agricultural science, education and/or business.

The abstract selection committee is drawn from the CSUPERB Faculty Consensus Group.  The committee uses a “blind” selection process to select abstracts for presentation at the symposium. No author names, department addresses or campus affiliations are visible to reviewers.


2018 Poster Abstract Selection Criteria
  • Poster abstracts should include original data and results. Literature reviews are not eligible. The most competitive abstracts make it clear what has been accomplished, what methods were used, and what conclusions have been drawn from the data presented.
    • Abstracts describing bioengineering design projects might include calculations underlying original designs, customer discovery interview data, use of computer, design studio, or prototype facilities to demonstrate proof of concept, and overall feasibility of prototypes (see design poster example here).
    • CSUPERB solicits both research and curricular/program development abstracts. Core facility, curricular or program development results and data may pertain, for example, to ‘user communities,’ ‘lessons learned,’ enrollments and learning assessments.
  • Poster abstracts should be readable and present ideas with clarity. Poster abstracts must be comprehensible and crafted to communicate research results and the larger scientific/technical question to a general biotechnology audience. Successful abstracts provide enough background so non-expert reviewers can understand the significance of the work and how it might add to what is already known. In addition, successful abstracts make it clear what the authors are hoping to accomplish or clearly explain the specific aim(s) of the overall project. Write poster titles that do not include acronyms and avoid the use of undefined acronyms!
  • Poster abstracts should use correct spelling and punctuation. CSUPERB does not correct typos, formatting issues or misspellings before abstracts are reviewed or the abstracts are published on the internet.

The most common reason poster abstracts are not accepted? The submitted abstract did not include a sentence(s) that makes “it clear what has been accomplished, what methods were used, and what conclusions have been drawn from the data presented.” We understand that abstracts sometimes are recycled from other professional meetings or that investigators might present work at conferences where this is not a requirement for poster acceptance; however, in these cases, you must re-write your abstract to address CSUPERB selection criteria. If you want to better understand CSUPERB’s competitive abstract selection process, please look at abstracts accepted in previous years or read this document.


2018 Symposium Poster Abstract Submission Information

The symposium poster abstract submission deadline is now past.

  • A CSU faculty-led group can submit up to 10 poster abstracts, but –
  • CSUPERB will accept up to three (3) poster abstracts only from each faculty-led group.
  • CSU faculty members can designate a maximum of two (2) poster-presenting authors per poster, making each student eligible for transportation reimbursements.
  • CSUPERB will reimburse transportation expenses (up to $150) for no more than five (5) CSU poster-presenting students from one faculty-led group. (Reimbursement details on Registration page).
  • To be eligible for acceptance, poster abstracts must include at least one CSU author.
  • Eden and Nagel Award Nominations are made at the same time and as part of your abstract submission. (Click here for Awards information.)

Other 2018 Abstract Submission Guidelines
  • Poster titles should be descriptive (limit 150 characters) and avoid use of acronyms.
  • Abstracts are limited to 2500 characters.
  • The submission system accepts text only.  Please note that formatting code will not work in titles and abstracts and any formatting copied from word processors, such as Microsoft Word (e.g. bold, italic, underline, and some symbols), will be lost.
  • Spaces count toward the character limits (150 for the title, and 2500 for the abstract body).
  • Funding agency support (including CSUPERB!) and other acknowledgments should be included in abstracts.
  • Provide up to 3 keywords (for example: species name, field of research, technique) to help participants search for poster topics.
  • Poster board size this year will be 3′ wide by 3.75′ tall.  Your poster may be any size equal to or smaller than these dimensions.

Poster abstracts from previous CSU Biotechnology Symposia can be searched and read at the links below:

For questions related to poster abstract submissions, please contact CSUPERB (619-594-2822).