CEFNS Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium

Welcome to the CEFNS UnderGraduate Research And Design Symposium (UGRADS) site

Enjoy presentations and posters all day on April 29th, 2016 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
2015 Poster Winners & Program
Contact information

                       View Poster Awards here         

 View the 2015 Program



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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.

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Important Dates at a Glance

Registration period: February  - March, 2016
Poster printing deadline:  April 15, 2016
UGRADS date:  April 29, 2016


Student Registration Process

Registration period: February  - March, 2016 (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 present only one poster 
  • This includes both individual and group posters.  Hence, if you are listed as an author or co-author on an engineering or environmental sciences/students capstone project, you may not present a second poster on your undergraduate research.

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

  • Prepare an abstract
  • 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 9, 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.

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 pinned or velcroed on a large display board (no 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.

Download the CEFNS landscape poster template

Download the CEFNS portrait poster template

This is some basic information:

  1. Posters should be no larger than the maximum of 34” x 44”to fit on the display board; a bit smaller is fine.
  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 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/~anderson/LOGOS/posterlogos.html

Poster Printing Options

On campus options:

  • CEFNS students: 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 8, 2016.   Students should choose a white background to have a poster printed at no cost.
  • NAU PRINTING SERVICES: We specialize in fast turnarounds! Students are free to stop by or email in their ready-to-print PDF or PPT at building #57. All posters are printed on premium presentation paper at 34” x 44” with standard turnaround time of 2-5 business days.With special "Symposium only” pricing starting at $24.99*, we can ensure you get what you need on-time. *Additional charges may apply for expedited turnaround times. Pricing based on premium presentation paper @ 50% ink coverage with no lamination & standard turnaround time. Jacks Card, credit, and checks are accepted. NO CASH. For more information, contact printing.services@nau.edu or 523-1941.

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:  

2015 Engineering Design Rubric    
2015 Research Rubric       
2015 Internship 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 du Bois Center
9:00-11:00    Posters Session I in Skydome

11:30-1:00    Luncheon for Presenters, Faculty Mentors, and Judges
                      (du Bois Ballroom)

1:15-5:00      Oral presentations in du Bois Center
2:00-4:00      Posters Session II in Skydome     

Note:  Students in Engineering disciplines, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies will give oral presentations in du Bois 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

Dr. Anita Antoninka (Judging and poster assignments)
(928) 523-2669

Dr. Bridget Bero (Engineering Programs)
(928) 523-2051

Dr. Angie Moline (Environmental Programs)
(928) 523-7423