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

CSU students and faculty from 22 CSU campuses will be presenting 290 posters at this year’s symposium. The selection committee accepted only 73% of the 397 abstracts submitted due to budget and space limitations.
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.

 2017  Symposium Poster Eligibility and Selection Process

CSUPERB accepts abstracts from CSU students and faculty from biotechnology-related disciplines, 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.


2017 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.
  • Poster abstracts should be readable and present ideas with clarity. Poster abstracts must be comprehensible, communicating research results and the larger scientific/engineering 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. Avoid undefined acronyms and try to craft poster titles that don’t include 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.
  • 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.

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. If  you want to better understand the selection process, please read this document.


Other 2017 Abstract Submission Guidelines
  • Poster titles should be descriptive (limit 150 characters) and avoid use of acronyms.
  • Abstracts are limited to 2500 characters.
  • The submission form 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 find your poster using the online abstract listing.

2017 Symposium Poster Abstract Submission Information

  • A CSU faculty-led group can submit up to 10 poster abstracts.
  • New This Year: CSUPERB will accept a maximum of three (3) poster abstracts for presentation from each faculty-led group.
  • 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).
  • CSU faculty members can designate a maximum of two (2) poster-presenting authors per poster, making each student eligible for transportation reimbursements.
  • Poster abstracts must include a CSU author.
  • Eden and Nagel Award Nominations are made as part of your abstract submission. (Click here for Awards information.)

Tips and guidelines for attending scientific meetings, making poster presentations and giving talks:

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

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