CTSA Undergraduate Student Symposium

Poster Presentation Abstract Submission Guidelines: 

Prior to submitting your abstract, be certain to have read and understood all of the following guidelines, as well as the steps for abstract submission.

All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline on Feb 29, 2016.


  • Abstract word limit is 250 words.
  • Abstracts should include the following: background, hypothesis, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. 
  • Be sure to state findings in detail sufficient to support conclusion(s).


  • The abstract will be completed by the student who will present the poster presentation at the symposium.
  • As part of abstract submission, enter the names of all research collaborators, including the Principal Investigator/research mentor. Please list the PI's affiliation to indicate where the research was conducted.

Steps for Abstract Submission

  • Have your Principal Investigator/advisor/research mentor review and approve your abstract before submission. Otherwise you may be asked to edit and resubmit your abstract upon review.
  • Develop your abstract and make any needed revisions by the abstract submission deadline. Please ensure there are no grammatical errors.
  • Submit your abstract along with your registration to the EventBrite website. Choose "Admission with Abstract."

Abstract Approval

  • If your abstract is approved for a poster presentation, we will contact you no later than March 4 so that you may create your poster.

Preparing a Scientific Poster

  • Poster dimensions up to 3' x 5' max
  • Your poster should include: title, your name and name of other investigators, an introduction, a methods section, a result section, any figures, tables, diagrams, a discussion and/or conclusion section.
  • Usually 3-6 figures are included in a poster. Figures should be simple and readily comprehensible. Color is useful for distinguishing among conditions and for aesthetic reasons.
  • When presenting a poster of a completed project, results are often shown as charts, graphs and tables. Photos related to the research topic work well. Students may view a sample poster BBBSymposiumPoster.pdf.

On the Day of the Symposium

  • Students are required to attend the entire session to which they have been assigned.
  • Bring your poster to the registration table for instructions on where to post it and the schedule of the day.
  • Be sure to take the poster with you at the end of the day or it will be discarded.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Rachel Bastian at bastianr@upenn.edu