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Annual Student Research Showcase

The 2022 Student Research Showcase has been canceled. We hope you will join us at the 2023 Student Research Showcase. More information and registration details will be shared during the 2022-23 academic year.


The Student Research Showcase is an annual poster session that occurs during Spring Quarter.

Biology undergraduates and Masters students are invited to present a poster based on research they are conducting while at UC San Diego. At the showcase, students are expected to present their research to attendees and faculty judges. Top posters receive awards at the conclusion of the event.

It is a great opportunity to make connections with faculty, practice communicating science to the public, and network with fellow students. The showcase is open to the public. Faculty, staff, students, and even industry representatives come to check out the research our students are conducting.

There are a limited number of spots available for presenter, so register early.

View 2019 abstracts and winners from past showcases

Reasons to Participate

  • Gain experience presenting your scientific findings while developing our communication skills
  • Get feedback on your research from faculty, post-docs, alumni, and campus colleagues
  • Compete for awards
  • Generate contacts for future collaboration and job opportunities
  • Learn about research from your peers from all areas of biological sciences
  • Have your research featured in Under the Scope, a Saltman Quarterly publication

Reasons to Attend

  • Learn about cutting-edge research being conducted at UC San Diego and affiliated labs
  • Learn how to getting involved in research
  • Connect with up and coming science researchers
  • Pick-up the latest issues of the Saltman Quarterly journal and Under the Scope magazine


Top posters in each category (or combined category) will win a gift card award. Awards are presented to students after poster judging. Student posters are scored based on content (innovation, creativity, quality and originality) and communication (how well did the poster present the central theme and results of research, student communicates concisely and clearly, poster covers key points of research and includes important data, student answered questions effectively).

How to Participate

Registration is now closed.

  1. Register online.
  2. Create and print your poster. It is recommended that you not wait until the last minute to print your poster. Printing cost is the responsibility of the student. See poster information for details.
  3. Invite your Principal Investigator (PI), mentors, post-docs, and lab staff to support you and attend the showcase.
  4. Present your poster during the poster session at the annual Research Showcase on Wednesday, June 6th.

Program Schedule from 2019 (subject to change)

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Participants check-in
4:00 p.m. Poster session begins: Welcome remarks
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Judging period - NO general admission
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Poster session - OPEN to general audience
6:00 p.m. Saltman Quarterly Journal Launch and Recognition
6:15 p.m. Announcement of Winners and Honors Student Recognition
Questions about registration or participation in the Research Showcase? Please contact the Biology Student Engagement Opportunities at