Fall 2015 Poster Symposium

SBS will hold the 3rd annual College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Poster Symposium in Ashurst Hall on Wednesday, December 9th (3-5pm) to showcase undergraduate and graduate students’ research, service-learning projects, literature reviews, class products, and more.

Call for submissions closes Monday, November 30, 2015.
Please use this link to submit your abstract for the symposium: 

Questions? Contact 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Fall 2015 Symposium 

Sharing Creative Ideas, Research, and Discoveries 

Including contributions from graduate and undergraduate students in: Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, the Civic Service Institute, Community, Culture and Environment, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Planning and Recreation, The Institute for Human Development, Political and International Affairs, Psychological Sciences, School of Communication, Sociology/Social Work, Sustainable Communities, Woman’s and Gender Studies, and Global Studies 


  • The 3rd Annual Symposium will be on Wednesday, December 9th 
  • At Ashurst Hall (North campus) 
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00PM 

Join us for the third annual College of Social and Behavioral Sciences symposium of scholarly pursuits. Students from 11 departments and programs will convene to share their creative discoveries and present in-depth research and scholarly work to their peers, professors, and the University and Flagstaff communities.

More than 200 posters will showcase the diversity of students' educational experiences. The symposium will highlight students’ participation in traditional research activities, classroom-based scholarly projects, and in service learning and collaborative projects.

Events are free and open to the public.

Symposium poster presentation schedule  

Student presenters will be assigned to present their posters at one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1 3:00pm – 3:55pm
  • Session 2 4:00pm – 4:55pm

Students should plan to arrive 10 minutes before their poster session begins in order to locate their poster board. Posters for the first session should be positioned by 2:55. Posters for the second session should be positioned by 4:00.

Student registration process  

Submit your poster online using this link 

Registration closes at 11:59 Monday, November 30th. You will be notified about your poster location by Wednesday, December 2nd.

NOTE: Only the primary author should register; all co-authors are to be listed by the primary author on the form. 

Poster Preparation Information 

Poster Creation:  

It is the responsibility of participating students to create posters for the poster sessions. Posters should be designed to be attached using Velcro on a large display board (no tri-fold poster boards). For consistency and convenience, we recommend that you download and take advantage of the poster templates provided below. There is a landscape version and a portrait version with useful tips to help you quickly create an attractive poster, but we encourage you to be creative as well.

Click on the Poster Preparation Tips link below for complete details about preparing and printing a poster.

Download the NAU landscape poster template 

Download the NAU portrait poster template 

Download the CEFNS landscape poster template 

Download the CEFNS portrait poster template 

Basic Formatting Requirements: 

  • Posters should be no larger than 34 inches x 44 inches to fit on the display board; a bit smaller is fine.
  • All posters must be attached to the display board using Velcro. No tri-fold posters are permitted.
  • Posters must be readable from at least four feet away.
  • The presentation title must be at least two inches high.
  • Beneath the title, the name(s) of the student author(s), faculty sponsor, and department/school must be at least one inch high.
  • All source(s) of your funding should be acknowledged on the poster.

Additional Information (below and on the UG Research Poster Presentation Tips webpage):

  • You should create the poster the size you need (maximum size: 34” x 44”) in PowerPoint or PDF format. Trying to blow up an 8 ½ x 11 does NOT work!!
  • The use of dark (especially black) solid color backgrounds is strongly discouraged. Posters using solid dark backgrounds may incur additional charges.
  • There are large format NAU logos to be found at
  • Generally more graphics/less text is preferable!

General Instructions:  

  • Make sure your poster is sized properly for printing (e.g., 34 inches high by 44 inches wide). This is done in the Page Setup command in PowerPoint.
  • Use conventional fonts, such as Arial, Times New Roman, etc. This will make printing faster and more reliable. 
  • Give the file to be printed a meaningful name that includes the course, section, and last name of the person submitting the print job.  Here is an example of the recommended format:   PSY302W – S1 – Goodman
  • Regardless of the printing option you’ve chosen (Department of Psychology, SBS Office of the Dean, GIS Lab, commercial printer, etc.), make sure you understand both the costs of, and time frames for, printing.
  • The normal paper size for printing is 36” high.  Consequently, groups will be required to trim the excess paper to meet the 34” high maximum allowed for the finished poster’s size.
  • E-mail used to submit posters should include contact information including cell phone and e-mail address.
  • Be responsive to e-mails from the office printing the poster for your group.  Staff may need to consult with you immediately regarding printing issues.

Poster Printing Options 

A. On-campus options:

Department of Psychological Sciences (SBS Castro 228):  Psychology students may print posters here. Follow all instructions on the Department of Psychological Sciences webpage; cost will be $25 (no solid color backgrounds; check required for payment) Posters must be submitted for printing by December 2nd.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Dean’s Office: Visit this link for additional information 

  • Output: Satin Photographic paper.
  • Cost: Approximately $25 - $30; high color content or color backgrounds will be charged at the higher rate.  Printing on white background is the least expensive option.
  • Credit/debit card or check required for payment.
  • Files should be in PowerPoint or PDF format.  PowerPoint format is preferred.
  • Posters that are in an incorrect file format, corrupted or incorrect in formatting and size will not be printed.  It will be the responsibility of the student to correct these issues. 
  • Files should be sent to 
  • The e-mail should include “Poster Request” and your e-mail address in the subject line.
  • Posters must be submitted for printing by Dec. 2nd.  Requests received after this date will only be accommodated if time allows.

Geography, Planning, and Recreation department (GIS lab):  This printing option is only available to GPR students.  Students from other departments should use alternate poster printing options either on or off campus.  This is a change in procedures from previous semesters.  GPR Students may bring their PPT or PDF to the GIS computer lab. Contact (3-0587) for additional information.

B. Other local poster printing options:

Note: Most need 24 hours notice and prefer PDF format; you will need to pay for the poster at the time you place your order. Call to obtain more information.

  • Kinko’s FedEx: (1423 S. Plaza Way, 779-5159) ~$70 + tax with NAU ID
  • Staple’s: (2625 N. Woodlands Village Blvd., 214-8424) ~$70 + tax
  • Print Raven (1300 S. Milton #125, 773-1105) ~$52 (matte) or ~$62 (gloss) + tax

C. Online options:

  • Price varies by size and quality ($45-$65); place order by noon (Pacific time) for poster to ship out the same business day (cost of shipping depends on delivery time: $0 - $60).


Click here to see NAU Parking Map.


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UCLA MUN Conference
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 Model UN 

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