Poster Showcase

Graduate students and postdocs present their cutting edge work in a stimulating environment which fosters entrepreneurial thinking. 

In 2019, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Energy Institute, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and all eight CSU Colleges partnered with us to award over $46,000 in cash across 16 award categories (19 awardees).


Why you should attend the poster showcase…

Develop your science communication skills and showcase your entrepreneurial ideas. Interact with other innovative students and faculty, and network with startup company representatives.

How innovators will present their work…

Abstracts for Demo Day are not your typical academic abstract.  Rather than telling us about the background/methods/results, we want you to tell us about how your research will create positive results in society.  This means creating a story:  What problem in society your research/innovative idea solves, why we should care about solving that problem, what your research/innovative idea is (overview/summary), and who would be interested in using your research/innovative idea. 

All awards are $3000 each ($1000 to the presenter, $2000 to the main PI lab or Program) unless otherwise specified. Please note, final amounts may change through February 1, 2020, depending on Sponsorship of awards.

Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and special guests are selected as judges and use the same rubric to judge each poster within a given award category. A minimum of two judges are slated for each poster, final scores are averaged, and the highest average score received the award. A poster may only win one award.

Specialty Awards (up to 5)
All posters that fit within a specialty category are eligible for the specialty award regardless of College association. CSU Ventures will determine which research qualifies for additional Specialty Award groups. 

  • Innovation in Augmented or Virtual Reality (AR/VR)

    • This award recognizes the most innovative use of AR or VR within a given discipline.

  • Innovation in Software

    • This award recognizes the most innovative development and use of a novel algorithm or software within a given application.

  • Innovation in Programmatic or Educational Outreach

    • This award recognizes the most innovative development of a novel programmatic service or educational outreach project within a given discipline or specialized audience.

  • Excellence in Interdisciplinary Human-Centered Design Thinking

    • This award recognizes exemplary innovation where the end-users (humans) were consulted during development and feedback was incorporated into the design or modeling of the innovation. Additionally, to qualify for this award, the innovation must be interdisciplinary, i.e. developed with multiple departments, outside agencies, or universities collaborating together to achieve the end result.

  • Excellence in Energy ($250+)

    • This award is presented by the Energy Institute for excellence in innovative research, programming, or products that maximize sustainable energy use. The final amount has varied from year to year and will be finalized by February 1, 2020.

College Innovation Awards (8)  
All posters from a given College will be included in the set of posters judged for that College's Innovation Award. The College Innovation awards recognize the most innovative idea among the posters within a given College-association, unless otherwise stated.

People’s Choice Awards (2)
All posters will be judged by attendees for the People’s Choice Awards. First place is $500, second place is $250.