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25th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

The School of Life Sciences presents its 25th Annual “Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium” on Friday, April 20, 2018. All undergraduates conducting research in life sciences are invited to attend and present a poster.

The symposium is funded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research (SOLUR) Program, and the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Schedule of events

Keynote address

Bert Jacobs, Director and Professor, School of Life Sciences

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Student Pavilion, 121 C Senita C, Tempe campus

Live stream broadcast: ASU TV

Poster Presentations

Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Student Pavilion, 121 A Senita A, Tempe campus

Participant information

Submit abstract information online by March 26, 2018

1. Get approval

Before you submit abstract information, get faculty mentor approval of your:

  • Poster title
  • Authors and affiliations
  • Abstract

2. Gather this information

  • Your name, department, email, and program (use your ASU email)
  • Faculty mentor name and email address
  • Title of your poster
  • Authors and their affiliations
  • Abstract text

3. Submit your abstract information

Use this online form to submit your abstract information by 5 p.m., March 26, 2018.

When you submit a complete form, you and your faculty mentor will receive a confirmation email.

If you make an error on the form, do not submit a second form. Instead, send an email to Ivy Esquibel. Write ABSTRACT ERROR in the subject line and let us know specifically what needs to be corrected.

Note: All abstracts will be posted on the School of Life Sciences website unless otherwise indicated. Changes to poster information received after the due date may not be reflected on the school website or in the abstract booklet.


Due: April 10, 2018

Poster size

The maximum poster size is 29 inches wide by 40 inches long, portrait (taller than it is wide) orientation. Display space is limited and posters wider than 29 inches may not be used.

Poster printing

SOLUR participants

The cost of creating one test print and one poster print is covered for SOLUR Fellows, Researchers and Apprentices. If you find an error and would like to reprint your poster, you are required to pay for it.

To begin the printing process with the SOLS VisLab, complete the poster submission form.
If your poster and poster form are received after April 10, 2018, the VisLab may try to print your poster by the symposium date, but there is no guarantee.

Non-SOLUR participants

Please check with your program coordinator or mentor and ask who will cover the cost of printing your poster.

To use the SOLS VisLab, fill out a work order form. It must be signed by your mentor and include a valid ASU account number. If you are not using an account number, indicate on the work order form that the payment will be cash or check. The poster file may be emailed to or brought to LSE B61 on a flash drive. Please note, VisLab does not accept debit or credit cards at this time.

Other participants

If you use a facility other than the SOLS Visualization Lab to print your poster, check that vendor’s printing times and requirements far in advance.


Contact: SOLS Undergraduate Research

image, Bert Jacobs, Director and Professor of School of Life Sciences

2018 Keynote speaker 
Bert Jacobs

Director and Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Amazing, Death-defying Pox Viruses

Bertram Jacobs is currently serving as director of the School of Life Sciences and is a professor of virology. As a member of Biodesign Institute's Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, his research is focused on developing a vaccine for HIV — one that prevents infection or extends the lives of HIV patients. Jacobs also leads a group of students every summer to sub-Saharan Africa to teach AIDS prevention to the international community.

Jacobs is one of the world’s foremost experts on a poxvirus called vaccinia, a cousin of the smallpox virus. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against a number of infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer, and other viruses, including HIV.

He also assists HIV/AIDS-related support organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Director’s for Aunt Rita’s Foundation, on the Advisory Board for Support for International Change, and on the Board of Directors for HEAL International.