Poster Showcase

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

Attendees can view and vote for the best poster. The top poster from each category will compete and present their work for cash prizes.


Why you should submit an abstract…

Develop your science communication skills and showcase your entrepreneurial ideas.

 Abstract Content Information

Abstracts for Demo Day are not your typical academic abstract.  Rather than telling us about your 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. 

 Abstracts require answers to the following five questions.  Each answer is limited to 1,000 characters with spaces, unless otherwise indicated. 

1.       A description of your research. Your description should be written so that anyone can understand what you are doing.  

2.       What is innovative about your research/project?  Are there any unique characteristics to help us understand your work that we should know about?  

3.       How do you see your research impacting society?  Your answer should include:  What sort of challenges will your research address, how do you see your research solving these challenges, and what commercial products/applications may result from your work? 

4.       Who would the eventual customer be for your product or application and how many customers do think would buy your product or application? 

5.       Why should we select you to present at Demo Day?  Tell us something about you that makes you a good candidate to be showcased at this event. (350 characters) 

Abstract submissions will open on January 20, 2019.

Abstract submissions are due on March 8, 2019.

Acceptance notification will be sent on March 15, 2019.


Faculty, staff, and alumni will be circulating throughout the poster session as formal judges.  They may or may not be wearing identification as a judge.  All judges will be assessing innovation using the same criteria.  Scores for each poster will be summed.  The poster with the highest sum in each applicable award grouping will win the award.  Ties will be decided at the discretion of CSU Ventures staff based on judging comments.  A poster may win only one award.  

 College Innovation Awards (8):   

  • $3000 each ($1000 to the presenter, $2000 to the main PI lab), one award per College 

  • All posters from a given College will be included in the set of posters judged for that College's Innovation Award. 

Specialty Awards: 

  • $3000 each ($1000 to the presenter, $2000 to the main PI lab) 

  • Creative Works, AR/VR, Software 

    • CSU Ventures will determine which research qualifies for additional Specialty Award groups. 

    • Additional judges (faculty, staff, alumni) will be assigned to evaluate Specialty Awards separate from Innovation Awards. 

Poster Guidelines: 

Posters should measure approximately 36" x 54" (90cm x 150cm- landscape or portrait style is acceptable), and should be constructed from lightweight material (heavy posters will not affix to the boards).  

 Posters should be readable by viewers three feet away. Use large print and shade or color block letters when possible.   A minimum font size of 32 point and a maximum of 600 words are recommended. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. 

 The best posters will be closer to an infographic than a traditional academic research poster.  Several examples of infographics and a few of our previous winners' posters are included here.  Additional infographic examples and templates may be sourced from the web, an example is

 Poster Presenter Information: 

Each poster board is marked with a unique poster number. You may pick up a poster assignment sheet at the Registration Desk the morning of the event – this sheet will indicate your poster number and session assignment.  Please hang your poster in the designated number spot.  Materials to hang the poster will be provided. 

Poster presenters will be emailed their poster number and session assignment (Green/Gold) the day before the event. 

 Poster Policy 

  • The LSC Grand Ballroom will be open from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM to mount posters. 

  • Presenters are expected to be at their poster boards during the assigned session presentation time - 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM (Green Session) or 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Gold Session) . 

  • Posters must remain on display all day from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM for judging.  

  • Posters that do not remain on display throughout their assigned time may, at the discretion of the judges, be ineligible for awards.