Horizons of Global Health Research Poster Session

The UC San Diego Global Health Program invites submissions of abstracts for poster presentations at the Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium.

All Global Health majors and minors at UC San Diego who would like to present health-related research (that they have conducted during their time as a UC San Diego student) are encouraged to apply.


 2015 Research Poster Session winner, Marlyn Moradian.

General Guidelines

  1. Your poster should be 3'x4' in landscape format. 
  2. Place poster title and author(s) name at the top of your poster, with printed characters at least 1" high.  The title should be the same as the title used for registering the abstract.
  3. The poster should have large, legible text and figures.  Please describe results in a manner that is clear to a reader, even when you are not at your poster.  Make sure the poster is readable from a distance.

Please note: Printing cost is the responsibility of the student.

Submissions Process & Criteria: 

Seeking a broad range of topics to feature the rich diversity of global health work being done in global health across different disciplines.

Example Topics:

Biological Sciences, Religion and Health, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change, Migration and health, Politics of Development, Ecosysterm Services, Medical Pluralism, Human Rights, Mental Health, Plant and Animal Agriculture, Refugee Health and/or Policy, Food Safety and Security, Vector Borne Diseases, Community Empowerment, Global Health Diplomacy, Women's Health and Empowerment, Indigenous Affairs, Human Nutrition, Translational and Implementation Sciences and Environmental Protection.

Writing an Abstract

An abstract is a summary of field experience, paper, and/or research project. It should be single-spaced, one paragraph, and approximately 250-300 words. It should highlight your main points, explain the value of your research, describe how you researched your problem, and offer your conclusions.

Specialized terms should be either defined or avoided. It does not include any charts, tables, figures, footnotes, references or other supporting information.

It should be clear and concise, without any grammatical mistakes or typographical errors. You should have it reviewed by the Writing Center, a writing instructor or tutor, or another writing specialist. Contact the UCSD Writing Center for additional assistance.

A successful abstract addresses the following points:

Problem:  What is the central problem or question you investigated?

Purpose:  Why is your study important? How it is different from other similar investigations? Why should we care about your project?

Methods: What are the important methods you used to perform your research?

Results: What are the major results of the research project? (You do not have to go into all of the results, only the major ones.)

Interpretation: How do your results relate back to your central problem?

Implications: Why are your results important? What can we learn from them?

Creating a Research Poster

An academic poster is a summary of your research project, with the very important difference that the poster should be visually engaging as well as academically sound.

Descriptive text must be brief—this is the opportunity to highlight your methods and results (in the form of graphs, charts, etc.) as well as give the context of your research (through photographs, maps, etc.).  

You should prepare a two-minute presentation of your poster that you will be able to deliver to anyone viewing your poster at the symposium.

Even though you will be standing with your poster to discuss your research with viewers, the poster should be able to stand on its own with a clear, logical presentation of your research.

UC San Diego Library Guide on Creating a Research Poster

Past Poster Participants

Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium: 


How complete must the research be?

Students are not required to have their research completed. We also understand that final results and conclusions may not be ready for the abstract deadline.

What is required of the student on the day of the symposium?

Students must be present to set up their posters at the time specified on day of the symposium; if they are unable to be there for set-up, they must arrange for a friend to do it for them.  

Students are required to present alongside their poster during the entire poster session. Students are responsible for taking down their posters at the end of the symposium.

Where can I print my poster?

It is highly recommended that you have your poster printed two days before the showcase date. If you wait until the last moment you may end up paying extra for printing or find that you cannot get your poster printed.  The cost of poster printing is the responsibility of the student. Vendors are listed below in order of cost of poster production from least to greatest.

Vendors include: