Cal State University (CSU) Summer Symposium and Graduate Program Fair at UCLA

Join us for an afternoon of research presentations by CSU students and information sessions on graduate training opportunities in STEM at UCLA! The aim of the Symposium and Fair is to promote scientific exchange and provide information on graduate educational opportunities as a way to strengthen interactions between CSU capstone research programs and UCLA graduate programs. This event is meant to allow CSU students an opportunity to network with UCLA faculty and promote their excellent research prior to their applying to graduate programs. We have seen an increase in CSU student acceptance since beginning this symposium and we hope to continue to make CSU students visible to our graduate programs. 

UCLA offers a wide variety of exceptional graduate programs in STEM. The college, with the divisions of Life and Physical Sciences, is located on a single campus with the School of Medicine and hospital. This proximity provides a wealth of research training opportunities and promotes a collaborative and collegial culture of discovery and innovation that crosses traditional academic boundaries and spans disciplines, departments, and schools. Our UCLA STEM community is built on the core values of openness, inclusion, and respect that foster creativity and excellence by embracing a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and approaches.

This event is co-sponsored by Graduate Programs in Bioscience and the UCLA Division of Graduate Education. We welcome CSU participants and extend thanks to our UCLA graduate program representatives.


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Ackerman Union, UCLA

  • 12:00 – 1:30 Optional Workshop: How to Apply to Graduate School (Kerckhoff Hall State Rooms) 
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Poster set-up for presenters & Table set-up for UCLA programs
  • 2:00 – 2:15 Welcome
  • 2:20 – 4:00
    • STEM Graduate Fair
    • CSU Poster Sessions

*Self-guided tours available before and after the event

General Registration

Poster Application – Abstract Submission

Application Deadline: 11:59PM, Sunday, July 28, 2024

If you plan to present your research:

The registration survey will ask you a series of questions that will help us plan the poster sessions and compile the online abstract booklets. Before you continue, here are some instructions for how to write and input your abstract information.

Please read all instructions very carefully!

IMPORTANT: If it’s a new poster, your abstract must be read and approved by your faculty mentor or program director before you submit it. 


The Basics:

  • Compose your abstract, title, and author listing in a word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word).
  • When submitting through the abstract submission site, copy and paste these components into the boxes indicated.

Formatting and Special Characters:

  • Do NOT use underlined, bold, italicized, superscript or subscript characters; the online submission system will not transmit any such formatting characteristics.
  • Most symbols (examples: é, æ, ñ) and Greek letters (examples: Σ, β, α, γ, μ, π) typically available in word processing programs may be used; if the symbols can be copied correctly into the submission box, then these symbols should be transmitted correctly. If the symbol does not copy correctly, then it will not go through and will be published incorrectly in the abstract booklet.


  • Your abstract title should be in Title Case. Do NOT include quotes around your abstract’s title. The word limit is 30; any titles longer than 30 words will be truncated in the final program (but the submission page will accept them initially).
  • What to Include: The title should clearly indicate the nature of the study. Describe your research in succinct terms, reflecting the contents of your abstract. Use key words, and do not use abbreviations and chemical formulas.
  • EXAMPLE TITLE: Title That Describes Your Research in Succinct Terms


  • Provide the first name, middle initial, and last name of the authors. 
  • Indicate the “presenting” author (you) by writing the name in ALL CAPITALS. 
  • The Faculty Mentor should be listed as the last author. 
  • Do NOT include titles or degrees, such as Dr., Ph.D., M.D., etc.
  • EXAMPLE AUTHOR LISTINGS:  JANE M. DOE, Jared R. Frey, Emily Estes, and Sophie T. DeSombre


  • Your abstract should be more than 100 words but no more than 250 words long. Any abstracts longer than 250 words will be truncated in the final program (even though the submission page will accept them initially). 
  • Your abstract should be organized into a single paragraph; do not indent the paragraph.
  • What to Include: 
    • The abstract should include introductory/background information and clearly state the research question. 
    • Next should be a summary of the methods employed and results obtained. 
    • Conclude the abstract by stating the significance of the research conducted or direction of the project.

The registration survey will ask you to list the name and emails of up to 5 UCLA faculty you are interested in meeting at the CSU Poster Symposium and whom you might consider working with in graduate school. We suggest you explore our faculty pages. You can sort their areas of study by clicking on the disciplines at the top of the page. If your discipline isn’t represented on our page you can also go to the department’s page you are interested in and explore the faculty’s research that way. They will be contacted and invited to meet you at your poster. Be sure to include their email address. This is a recruitment opportunity, please be sure to fill out this survey thoughtfully.

For more information on Bioscience PhD programs at UCLA explore our Home Areas website. 

The poster size should be approximately 36×48 inches.

Frequently Asked Questions

All students interested in learning more about our UCLA STEM PhD programs are welcome to attend the graduate fair. Only Cal State University (CSU) students are eligible to present a poster.

Students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at a CSU
  • Be doing research*
  • Have plans to apply to a STEM PhD program in the next two years. 

Undergraduates, Postbac, and Master students welcomed!

*Students participating in honors thesis projects or formal research programs are highly encouraged to apply.

  • First Priority will be given to CSU students who plan to apply to a biomedical/life science PhD program in the next two years and are currently participating in a capstone research project. 
  • Second Priority will be given to CSU students who plan to apply to any STEM PhD program in the next two years.

We do our best to accommodate all students who meet the eligibility requirements.

We will notify you if your abstract was accepted for presentation by August 1st.

Yes, you can present a poster you already have. That being said, UCLA faculty and recruiters will be present thus we suggest you choose research that you feel comfortable talking about and that is representative of your overall research interest.

No, you do not have to present to attend the Graduate Fair. We ask that you register for the event so that we can invite the appropriate departments to present.

Event attendance is free. However, if you are driving to UCLA you will have to pay for UCLA parking. See our UCLA Transportation website for information on fees and locations.

Yes, please let us know that you plan to bring them on the registration form.


If you have any questions, please email the following people 

  • CSU Program Directors: Letty Treviño (
  • All others (Students with Questions, UCLA Staff, etc.): Malu Arreguin (