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Poster Information

The poster abstract submission system for the 34th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium is now open.  Click the link below to submit your abstract!


>> ​​CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT <<


The 34th Annual CSU Symposium will feature poster abstracts from CSU groups throughout the entire state. Posters will be presented in sessions on Saturday and Sunday in a virtual format.

You can find the 2021 Poste​r List linked here.


2022 Symposium Virtual Poster and Presentation Information

The symposium will be fully virtual this year so submitting and presenting your poster will be different this year than in previous years. Please read the guidelines below for submitting and presenting your poster. Click Here for a printable copy of the guidelines listed below.

Submitting your poster:  (We're currently selecting our symposium site vendor so process and dates subject to change.)

  • Digital posters will need to be submitted to CSUPERB by December 6, 2021 to allow for enough time to get the posters uploaded to the symposium website in time for presentation in January. The Dropbox link to submit your poster can be found below.
    • Please name your files according to the following conventions:
      • Poster – “MentorLastName_AuthorLastName_Poster”
      • ​Video – “MentorLastName_AurthorLastName_Video”
  • Please feel free to use our our digital poster template provided (.ppt) to build your poster.
  • Your final submitted poster should be a PDF file. Save your completed poster template file as a PDF before submitting to CSUPERB.
    • For best results create your PDF as print quality (up to 24″-H x 30″-W PDF file at 300dpi or greater)
  • You will be allowed an optional short (2 min max) video upload to accompany your poster.
    • Please record your 1-2 min poster talk/introduction via Zoom and submit video file (.mp4 required) to the Dropbox submission link below.​

Presenting your poster:

  • ​ Please make sure you have the most up to date version of Zoom before the start of the symposium.
  • Whether you are working from a laptop or desktop computer, be sure to test your camera well in advance of the meeting.

  • Set your camera at eye level, which may mean elevating your laptop with some books or a laptop stand.
  • Make sure your preview has decent headroom and is framed correctly.
  • Limit fan, AC Unit, any background noise.
  • Do not chew gum or eat.
  • Make sure your video is well lit. A space that has ideal natural light that can be placed behind the camera is a good option. For example, place your laptop or web camera in front of a window with the shades open.
  • Neutral background colors tend to be the best for audiences focus and having your camera at eye level will help create a great set for your Virtual Conference.
  • Please feel free to utilize our symposium virtual backgrounds provided below. Just click on the thumbnail below to view, then save the image.

Digital Poster/Video File Submission:

Students should work with their mentor to determine how to organize their poster content, who will be submitting the poster and what is being submitted. Be sure that your posters cover the same material as the abstracts.

Submit Your Poster Files


Tips and guidelines for making poster presentations and giving talks

Students attending the symposium will be giving poster presentations, elevator talks, talking with award selection committees, and giving lightning talks to the participants at the virtual symposium. Please note that we are developing rigorous ways to protect data presented on virtual posters but consider data confidentiality as you prepare your poster abstract and presentation.

We’re curious to find out how many posters will appear in Poster 2.0 formats this year! The links below will take you to good sources of advice and help you tell an engaging story this January!

The links below will take you to good sources of advice and help you tell an engaging story this January!


Symposium Poster Eligibility and Selection Process

Due to the competitive nature of the poster selection process, we strongly suggest that you read the selection criteria below, follow the advice at this website (read all the way down the page!), and watch the “Abstractology” webinar (link above). The annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting, so abstracts should be written for a general biotechnology audience. Do not re-use abstracts or write in the same style as you might use for abstracts written for and submitted to niche technical conferences or disciplinary society meetings, for instance.

Need more information about writing a competitive poster abstract? Watch the 50-minute CSUPERB “Abstractology” Webinar (recorded September 6, 2019) during which Susan Baxter (CSUPERB) and Jenn Whiles Lillig (Sonoma State University) discuss abstract selection criteria and tips for writing successful poster abstracts. Use the link here to watch the Zoom webinar: http://bit.ly/CSUPERBposters


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.


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 the project goal was, what methods were used, and what conclusions have been drawn from the data presented.
    • Abstract evaluation is not based on how much work is presented; brand-new groups across the CSU are welcome to apply. Groups must, however, make it clear what has been accomplished and how!
    • 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 watch the “Abstractology” webinar, look at abstracts accepted in previous years (see links below), or read this document.


Symposium Poster Abstract Submission Information

The symposium poster abstract submission deadline is Monday, September 20 (5 pm pacific time).

  • ​ A CSU faculty-led group can submit up to 6 poster abstracts, but –
  • CSUPERB can only accept up to 2 poster abstracts from each faculty-led group.
  • CSU faculty members can designate a maximum of two (2) poster-presenting authors per poster.
  • To be eligible for selection and presentations in January, poster abstracts must include at least one CSU author.
  • Eden and Nagel Award Nominations are made at the same time and as part of the abstract submission. (Click here for Awards information.)

Other Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Poster titles should be descriptive (limit 150 characters) and avoid use of acronyms!

  • Abstracts are limited to 2500 characters.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by student faculty mentors. Submissions to the system by student authors may be rejected during the abstract review process. Students having difficulty reaching their mentors to submit their abstract by the submission deadline should contact the CSUPERB program office at csuperb@sdsu.edu prior to the deadline.
  • 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.
  • More information on preparing the digital poster will be forthcoming.

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).