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Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium 


UC San Diego’s Annual Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium is a unique opportunity for Global Health students to present their research about the diversity of global health work around the world. Faculty and students from across campus are invited to participate and contribute to building the UC San Diego Global Health community. The conference features an undergraduate research poster session and a keynote speaker.

This event celebrates the end of the academic year and the success of our graduates.

 Important Update about Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium 2020:

***We are deeply sorry to inform the campus Global Health community that, due to the recent campus updates of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the UC San Diego Community, we will unfortunately be cancelling this year's Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium, originally scheduled for May 5th, 2020. We will be providing more information to our students, specifically in GLBH 150B in Spring 2020, as we work with faculty and transition to virtual learning during Spring Quarter. 



Call for Poster Abstracts - Spring Quarter - open to Global Health seniors only

The UC San Diego Global Health Program invites submissions of abstracts for poster presentations at the Global Health Research Symposium. The call for poster abstracts will be in Spring.

Poster 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.

Directions to Great Hall

Great Hall is located within Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) on the UC San Diego campus.


9500 Gillman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Note: Please purchase a permit before parking.  

Driving Directions from the Interstate 5

  • Take exit 29 for Genesee Avenue and head west on Genesee Avenue
  • Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road [third traffic light]
  • Make the second left onto Pangea Drive
  • Turn left into the Pangea Parking Structure
    • All visitors must purchase a parking permit from the meter located on the top floor of the parking structure.
    • For details regarding permits and parking see UC San Diego Parking Information.

Sponsorship Information

UC San Diego’s Annual Horizons of Global Health Research Conference is a unique opportunity for students in all academic fields to present their research about the diversity of global health work around the world. The day will feature undergraduate research as well as keynote speakers.

For additional information, please contact:

Sal Gomez-Pantoja and Erin Warren, Global Health Program Advisors
Phone: (858) 246-2314

Research Poster Guidelines

Poster Guidelines


 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.

See additional details below on creating a research poster.

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?

Past Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium Abstracts: 

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

Poster Printing is the respponsiblity of the poster participant.

It is highly recommended that you have your poster printed two days before the poster session. 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:


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:

Previous Event Recaps

2019 - A Life in Global Health

2018 - UC Global Health Day

UC Global Health Day Recap (April 22nd, 2018)

UC San Diego had the honor to host UC Global Health Day 2018 on the theme of “Committing to a Healthier World,” UC Global Health Day is a system-wide conference organized by the UC Global Health Institute. It showcases the outstanding research, training and outreach on global health taking place throughout the University of California and brings together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines to share and grow their change-making work.

2017 - Global Health & Climate Change

4th Annual Horizons Recap (May 9th, 2017)





Welcome to Horizons of Global Health 2017!

Presentations & Speaker

Participants & Winners

2016 - Global Mental Health

3rd Annual Horizons Recap (May 3rd, 2016)


Global Mental Health is a growing concern in the United States and internationally. 

Brandon Kohrt, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health and Cultural Anthropology at Duke Global Health Instituteconducts global mental health research focusing on populations affected by war-related trauma and chronic stressors of poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare and education.

Dr. Kohrt will speak on New Horizons in Global Mental Health.  Khort designed and evaluated psychosocial reintegration packages for child soldiers in Nepal with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal.  Additionally, Khort works with The Carter Center Mental Health Liberia Program and he currently directs the anti-stigma program of the Mental Health Beyond Facilities program in Liberia, Uganda, and Nepal. Other areas of notoriety are Khort co-founding the Atlanta Asylum Network for Torture Survivors and starting a mental health clinic for Bhutanese refugees.

Light refreshments served before and after the keynote speaker. 

Event Co-Sponsors:

Global Health Program UCSD Students for Global Health  The Global Forum at International House Global Health Institute  


2015 - Ebola Epidemic

2nd Annual Horizons Recap (May 29th, 2015)



2014 - Global Health

1st Annual Horizons Recap (May 30th, 2014)

Horizons 2014

2014 Poster Participants

Courtney Bakas: Border Fortification and Healthcare in San Diego-Tijuana Border Region: Towards a New Model

Rebecca Benest: Community Organizations Making a Real Change in HIV Prevention

Sarah Conte: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Research at Rady's Children's Hospital

Engineering World Health: Developing Low Cost Diagnostic Devices for Rural Hospitals in Mozambique

Jarrod Ekengren: Southwest Youth Experience of Psychiatric Treatment (SWYEPT)

Risa Farrell: Beginning Again: Refugees, San Diego, and the Politics of Resettlement

Naman Gupta: Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development(CORD) at UCSD: Developing Community-based research in Rural India

Parthu Kalva: Environmental Health Leadership Initiative (EHLI): A Student-run Waste Management and Water Sanitation Effort

Brittney Mancini: Spirituality and Religion in HIV Patient Care

Andre Mota & Gerardo Hernandez:  Healthy participation: The effect of health status on political participation in Mexican migrants of San Diego County

Pharlight International: Talia Delamare - Malaria Health Initiatives

Maximo Prescott: Antimalarial Drug Target Identification in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorting

Erika Reames: A Women's Health Education Program in Siruvani, Tamil Nadu, India: A Student-Run Public Health Program

Alexandra Reich: Democratic Republic of the Congo: Sexual Violence

Sean Russick: The Accountability Project: How AIDS orphans in Nigeria will benefit from the enrichment of older populations

UCSD Gun Violence Epidemic Discussion Group: Joseph Anderson & Caroline Baratz - Pulling the Trigger: The American Gun Violence Epidemic

Roxana Wiswell:  The Effects of Education on Smoking in a Cross-Sectional Study of Palestinian Refugees