CEFNS Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium

                                                                                                                       Welcome to CEFNS UGRADS 
(UnderGraduate Research And Design Symposium 

              April 27, 2018

     UGRAD Symp 2016                                                                    
Presentations and posters will be enjoyed all day on April 27, 2018 at the NAU J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome and in the du Bois Center.   

Please visit the NAU Undergraduate Symposium webpage for more information and registration.

The Undergraduate Symposium is a NAU campus-wide celebration of student achievement.  Students, faculty and project sponsors present their collaborative efforts to the University and the general public. Teams present projects ranging from capstone designs to sponsored research to summer research projects. These creative endeavors demonstrate the innovative capacity at Northern Arizona University in a tangible way. This is an opportunity for students and faculty alike to engage in something real and authentic outside of the conventional classroom through participation in a public showcase. 

UGRADS (UnderGraduate Research And Design Symposium) is the College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences portion of the Undergraduate Symposium.  

Events are free and open to the public, unless noted. 

Important Dates at a Glance
Student Registration Process
Poster Preparation Information
Poster Judging Rubrics
Event Schedule and Venues
2017 Poster Winners & Program
Contact information




1st Place tie 
Isaac Romero        
Mentor: John Tester                                
Mechanical Engineering                          
“Design of a Simple Test Fixture for a Powered Foot-Ankle Prosthesis”                                                                 

Laney Stevens, Kristian Cordell, Ian Ooley                            
Mentor: Taylor Joyal
School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Studies
“Releasing Water into the Rio de Flag”                                                                                                                                                                         


1st Place                                     
Haley Leonard
Mentors:  Teneille Gaither, Kathleen Stigmon, Nadine Barlow                         
Physics & Astronomy                              
“Hydrothermal alteration analysis from the Flynn Creek impact Crater”

2nd Place                                     
Lauren Younger                                      
Mentors:  Gerrick Lindberg, Porter Marsh                               
Chemistry & Biochemistry                      
“Molecular dynamics simulations of solvent effects on ion transport in solid polymer electrolytes”

3rd Place                                    
Isaiah Self, Carrington Knox-Hilson, Anne Justice-Allen, Esther Rubin            
Mentors:  David Wagner, Dawn Birdsell                                 
Biological Sciences                                 
“Do lymph nodes from hunted elk and deer make informative targets for assessing wildlife disease prevalence?”                                                                                                                                                                        



1st Place                                                 
Bianka Camacho, Dustin Young, Cameron Schlatter, Garrett Murphy, Geordie Macdonald, Lance Gomez
Mentors:  David Trevas, Sarah Oman   
Mechanical Engineering                          
“Honeywell Endurance Valve Test”                                                                                                                                                                       

2nd Place tie                                          
Hasan Farman, Khaled Alosaimi, Noah Oliver, Eileen Baker, Armando Garcia,
Mentors:  Sarah Oman, Kyle Winfree    
Mechanical Engineering                         
“In Home Gravity Harness”

Zowie Haugaard, Daniel Ohn, Christian Philabaum, Kelvin Rodriguez, Makayla Shepherd
Mentor:  James Palmer
School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
“Improved Access to Kaguya Hyperspectral Image Data”                                                                                                                                                                        

Phi Kappa Phi Senior Award
Jose Parra, Joshua Landavaso              
Mentor:  Cindy Browder                          
Chemistry & Biochemistry                      
“Synthesis of Isoxazoline Bacterial Growth Inhibitors through Nitrile Oxide Cycloaddition Reactions”

Connor Auge                                           
Mentors:  Lisa Chien, Nadine Barlow, Kathleen Stigmon       
Physics & Astronomy                              
“Turbulent Gas Motion in Interacting Galaxy Systems”



 U-3 225x150   UGRADS 15 225x150 

Student poster presenters will be assigned to be present at their posters during one of the following sessions:

Session 1        9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2        2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Poster presenters should follow the specific directions in the UG Symposium Presentation Information email messages regarding poster set up and take down times.

 UGRADS 450x300 


Important Dates at a Glance

Registration period: February 1 - March 12, 2018 (closes at 11:59 p.m.)
Poster printing deadline:  April 20, 2018
UGRADS date:  April 27, 2018

  • Reminder:  you must be present at your assigned poster presentation session or you will receive a 0 on oral quality which will take you out of contention for receiving a prize




Student Registration Process

Registration period: February 1 - March 12, 2018 (closes 11:59 p.m.) 

Applications from undergraduate students in all colleges to share their work as posters, oral presentations, exhibits, and performances should be submitted online during the registration period. 

See the NAU Undergraduate Symposium page for registration. 


  • Only the primary author or presenter should register 
  • All co-authors are to be listed by the primary author in the form 
  • CEFNS Students may be the lead (primary) on only one poster 

Gather all necessary information PRIOR to going online to register-use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer (form appears blank in Firefox)

  • Prepare an abstract (part of the judging criteria)
  • Clearly state the problem, issue, or concept being investigated or demonstrated
  • Summarize the project
  • Be readable by a non-technical, educated audience
  • Minimize the use of, and explain, technical jargon
  • Describe the broader interest or impact of the project
  • Beginning February 1, 2018, log into the Online Registration Form  and enter information.  
  • NOTE: If you will need to edit or add more information later, do NOT click "Done" on the final page....just save your work.  You should be able to log back in and complete the form later.  
  • Once you select "Done" your registration is final and no changes can be made.
  • Reminder:  you must be present at your assigned poster presentation session or you will receive a 0 on oral quality which will take you out of contention for receiving a prize

EXAMPLES OF GREAT ABSTRACTS in business, creative arts & design, humanities, sciences, and social sciences for general audiences ARE AVAILABLE HERE. 



Poster Preparation Information

Poster Creation 

It is the responsibility of participating students to create posters for the poster sessions. Posters should be designed to be Velcroed on a large display board (no tape, pins or tri-fold poster boards). For consistency and convenience, we recommend that you download and take advantage of the poster templates provided here. There is a landscape version and a portrait version with useful tips to help you quickly create an attractive poster, but we encourage you to be creative as well.

NOTE:  CEFNS 2017 poster judging rubrics have changed.  Please review.

Download the CEFNS landscape poster template 

Download the CEFNS portrait poster template 

This is some basic information:

  1. CEFNS posters should be no larger than 36” x 46”to fit on the display board. 
  2. Posters should be created in PowerPoint or PDF format. Trying to blow up an 8 ½ x 11 does NOT work well!! 
  3. The use of dark (especially black) solid color backgrounds is strongly discouraged...and will incur additional charges. 
  4. All posters must be attached to the display board using Velcro. No tape, pins or tri-fold posters are permitted. 
  5. Posters must be readable from at least four feet away. 
  6. The presentation title must be at least two inches high. 
  7. Beneath the title, the name(s) of the student author(s), faculty sponsor, and department/school must be at least one inch high.  
  8. All source(s) of your funding should be acknowledged on the poster 
  9. Generally more graphics/less text is preferable! 
  10. There are large format NAU logos to be found at http://www.physics.nau.edu/PosterLogos/ 

Poster Printing Options

On campus options: 

  • CEFNS students: To have a poster printed at no cost, the student who registered the project for UGS/UGRADS must submit the poster to the Physics department by email to Ed.Anderson@nau.edu (3-7096) no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018.   Students should choose a white background.
  • NAU PRINTING SERVICES: Check with your professor/mentor to see if you are eligible for the NAU Printing Services "Symposium Poster Printing Program."  Payment through valid departmental speedchart numbers only  Mentors must register with Printing Services and provide a speedchart number to charge.   The flat rate is $60.  We specialize in fast turnarounds! Order your posters from home! Students may order Symposium Posters and receive special pricing when they order online at nau.edu/poster. Posters are available on a variety of paper types and sizes and same day turnaround is available! 

Other local poster printing options: 

  • Kinko’s FedEx: (1423 S. Plaza Way, 779-5159) ~$80 + tax (possible 10% discount with NAU ID)
  • Staple’s: (2625 N. Woodlands Village Blvd., 214-8424) ~$50 + tax (check for possible promotions)
  • Print Raven (1300 S. Milton #125, 773-1105) ~$52 (matte) or ~$62  (gloss) + tax
  • Need 24 hours notice and prefer PDF format; you will need to pay for the poster at the time you place your order.

Online options: 

  • www.PosterPresentations.com: Price varies by size and quality ($45-$65); place order by noon (Pacific Time) for poster to ship out the same business day (cost of shipping depends on delivery time: $0 - $60).

View the Poster Judging Rubrics:  

Engineering Design Capstone Rubric    
Research Rubric       
ENV Capstone, Internship, Community Project
Science/Math Teaching & Learning Project Rubric 
Roundtable Rubric 


Event Schedule

7:00-8:30      Setup Posters (Skydome) - ALL posters will be set up at this time

8:45-11:45    Oral presentations in the University Union
9:00-11:00    Posters Session I in Skydome  

11:30-1:00    Luncheon for Presenters, Faculty Mentors, and Judges
                      (du Bois Ballroom)
                      Speaker:  Peggy Nelson
                                      Executive Aerospace Consultant

1:15-5:00      Oral presentations in the University Union
2:00-4:00      Posters Session II in Skydome                       

Note:  Students in Engineering disciplines, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies will give oral presentations in the University Union meeting rooms.    

Please also view the 2015 Capstone Oral Presentation Schedule for more information.




Unregistered vehicles may park in lots P66 (Dome) and P45 (du Bois) during the Symposium.  Faculty, staff, and student permit holders should continue to park in their designated parking lots for set-up on Thursday and all day on Friday.  

Click here to see NAU Parking Map.



Contact Information

Dr. Diana Elder
(928) 523-4123