UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium

About the Colloquium

Colloquium 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 11:00-2:00 in the Corwin Pavilion
Entry forms are due by 11:59 pm on April 1, 2016.

PURPOSE The Office of Undergraduate Education invites UCSB undergraduate students to present their research or creative activity at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Held annually, this poster exhibition recognizes the scholarly achievements of undergraduates and offers an opportunity to share their hard work with the campus and community members.

ELIGIBILITY Undergraduates at any level who are enrolled at UCSB at the time of the Colloquium will be considered. Work presented may be completed or ongoing projects from the 2015-2016 academic year. All Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grant recipients must present at this event.

ENTRY AND SELECTION PROCEDURES To participate, please submit a Colloquium entry form. The online entry form opens on February 1, 2016. The 2016 Colloquium entry DEADLINE is April 1, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. We will attempt to accept all applicants; however, if we can't accommodate everyone, a faculty panel will select participants. Presenters must attend the entire session unless class schedules conflict. Presenters are encouraged to invite their faculty mentors, family and friends. All members of the UCSB community will also be invited to attend.

UCSB EMERITI ASSOCIATION RESEARCH AWARDS The UCSB Emeriti Association, a group of 186 retired UCSB faculty, is pleased to announce their annual research prize competition to recognize outstanding scholarship by UCSB undergraduates. The competition is held in conjunction with the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

The Emeriti Association will provide awards for the best research in three major discipline areas:

  1. Humanities and Fine Arts
  2. Physical Science, Math, and Engineering
  3. Social Sciences and Psychology

Research awards range from $200 and $400 in each discipline area. The judges are emeriti faculty in each of the discipline areas. The awards are generated by individual contributions from the emeriti faculty who fully support undergraduate research at UCSB. Award winners will be contacted by the Emeriti Association by June 1, 2016.

All projects presented at this year’s Colloquium will be considered for an award based on the quality of the research as presented on the poster and in the abstract and the skill and clarity of the presenter’s discussion. 

Entry Form

Undergraduate Research Colloquium - Entry Form

The entry form will open on February 1, 2016, and the deadline to complete an entry form is April 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

General notes: The abstract should be written for the non-specialist. Please make sure your mentor has reviewed the abstract prior to its submission. If you are submitting an entry for an individual project or are in charge of submitting the abstract for a group project, the abstract must be limited to 100 words or less for inclusion in the Colloquium book. 

Group project submissions: Projects with more than one undergraduate researcher are considered to be group projects. The group must designate one undergraduate presenter to upload the project’s abstract on his/her entry form. This individual must submit his/her entry first. The remaining group members must include the project title on their forms so they can be identified and associated with the correct abstract. An entry form is required from each individual in the group seeking to present or be recognized at the colloquium. Remember that your group only needs to submit one abstract.

Submitted abstracts will be printed in the Undergraduate Research Colloquium book. 

Open the Colloquium Entry Form

Poster Guidelines

Undergraduate Research Colloquium - Poster Guidelines

The Office of Research has an excellent page on poster presentations.

Presentations must either be self-contained posters that can be pinned to a rolling cork board provided at the event or an exhibit approved by the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. Posters should be no larger than 2 ft. x 3 ft. with a portrait orientation. Posters/exhibits must be set up and ready to view 20 minutes before the start of the poster session. Subject to class schedule or participation in the Undergraduate Research Slam, the author of the poster must be present and remain for the entire session so that attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The goal for your poster exhibit is to have an organized and attractively displayed presentation of your research findings or creative work. Posters/exhibits should be self-explanatory and readable within about five minutes. Your mentor should provide guidance on poster content. Your poster should contain the following elements:

Title: At the top of your poster/exhibit, you should have a title that is both short and very descriptive of your project. As a rule, the title should be easily readable at a distance of about 4-5 feet.

Name and Affiliation: Directly under the title, you should include your name, your faculty mentor’s name, name(s) of any illustrations, tables, figures, photographs, diagrams, co-investigator(s), and your UCSB department. The name and affiliation section is usually about 20-30% smaller than the title section. Please also include acknowledgement of any grants received, including an URCA grant.

Body of the Poster/Exhibit: The information about your work can be presented in the following categories:

1.  Abstract

A synopsis of no more than 100 words of the work described on the poster. The abstract should be understandable, allowing the readers to decide whether they would like to continue reading the entire poster. The abstract should contain (a) the purpose of the study, (b) a brief statement of what you did, (c) a concise statement of the major findings, and (d) the major conclusions. Do not include details of the methods. Crafting an effective abstract is challenging. Please look here for more resources.

2.  Introduction

The introduction presents the question being explored, the work's significance, and its place in the context of current knowledge about the topic. To do this well on a poster is a challenge. Be brief, but include the important points to be sure the reader sees the relevance of your work.

3.  Methods

This section describes your procedures. Describe your methods in sufficient detail to allow a reader who works in your field to understand how you collected data. Illustrations are appropriate for complex experimental design, etc.

4.  Results

This section summarizes the data. Report the results of any statistical tests here. Present all of your results, whether positive or negative. A table or figure may substitute for a written summary as long as each table or figure has a legend that explains the graphic clearly.

5.  Discussion

In this section you should interpret the meaning of your results with respect to the original questions. The discussion should include your conclusions about the answers to the questions that motivated your research that you described in the introduction. If appropriate, mention any alternative explanation for your results and mention possible explanations for unexpected results.

6.  Works Cited

This section is optional in the poster unless citations are used in the text. Include only those papers cited in the text, and do not cite a paper unless your have read it yourself. Cite all of your references in text and list them in the Literature Cited section, using a format from a major journal within your discipline.

7.  Graphics

Illustrations, tables, figures, photographs, and diagrams should have unique identification numbers and legends. In the text, use the numbers to refer to specific graphics or pictures. In your legends, include a full explanation and, where appropriate, include color keys, scale, etc.

Poster Samples

Download sample poster layouts here

Photo Gallery

UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium Photo Gallery