Research Poster Day is UCLA’s largest undergraduate research symposium held annually in May and the largest event participating in Undergraduate Research Week. Research Poster Day is a joint collaboration between UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Centers and the UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal (USJ) to showcase undergraduate student research and creative projects from the current academic year. Taking place in Pauley Pavilion, Research Poster Day 2019 hosted over 1000 undergraduate student presenters across all majors and disciplines.

Abstract Submission Forms are completed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab and are accepted in late Winter/early Spring.


Research Poster Day 2020 is organized into three 90-minute poster sessions:

  • Session A: 12:30-2:00pm
  • Session B: 2:00-3:30pm
  • Session C: 3:30-5:00pm

Students will select their availability in the Abstract Submission Form and will be assigned one session to present at. Presenters must be available to present during the entire session.


All current UCLA undergraduates who have conducted a research project during the current academic year are eligible to participate. Research Poster Day is open to students from all majors and classifications (freshman, sophomore, etc.). Research that was conducted at another institution (not at UCLA) by a UCLA undergraduate is also eligible but the presenter must be a current UCLA undergraduate.

All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. Late abstracts will not be accepted. All submissions must adhere to the guidelines. Submissions not following these guidelines will be rejected.

Abstracts should be reviewed with the Faculty Research Mentor prior to submission.

Each original abstract may only be submitted once – the same abstract cannot be submitted multiple times. If a poster will have multiple presenters, only one presenter is required to submit the abstract.

A maximum of 4 undergraduate presenters may register per original abstract. Due to space, a maximum of 6 presenters may be in attendance for the poster presentation. Posters with 5-6 presenters will not receive a name tag or certificate of participation for the additional presenters.

Students interested in presenting more than 1 abstract/poster must email

Visit the Abstract Submission Guidelines web page for complete abstract information.

Visit the Poster Instructions & Resources web page for complete poster information.


Many students have video or other materials to accompany their research presentations.

Presenters must indicate on the Abstract Submission Form if a demonstration table is needed.

Electrical outlets will not be available for any presenters. It is the presenter’s responsibility to ensure all devices are properly charged and an external back-up power supply (e.g. additional batteries, portable power banks) is prepared in advanced if necessary.

Food may not be served as part of any poster presentation or demonstration.


Undergraduate presenters in their Senior year (graduating in or before Winter 2021) are eligible to apply for the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Research Award. The Dean’s Prize is awarded for outstanding research presentations at Research Poster Day.

Presenters must be the only first-author and presenter at Research Poster Day. Abstracts with multiple first authors and posters with multiple presenters are not eligible for the Dean’s Prize. All abstracts must adhere to the required formatting guidelines.

Visit the Dean’s Prize web page, if your research is in the Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering, or Mathematics.

If your research is in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences, visit this page.


Has your Faculty Mentor played a meaningful role in your undergraduate experience? If they have, consider nominating the for the Faculty Mentor Award.  This award honors the considerable dedication of Faculty Mentors who serve as effective & significant mentors to undergraduate students. Students may nominate any UCLA Faculty who has supported their professional development through a trusting and respectful relationship. Award recipients will be announced and honored with an award during the Undergraduate Research Week Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Visit the Faculty Mentor Award web page for more information.


For all questions regarding Research Poster Day, email