Biology Department Colloquium

The Biology Student Colloquium is a day-long event featuring the various research interests of our graduate and undergraduate students. The colloquium is typically held on the last Friday of February.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and the Department of Biology. 

Contributors present posters or give talks. The oral sessions run all day in Supple 116 and are organized in the format of a professional scientific meeting, with strict time limitations. Posters are displayed either in a lecture hall or the student lounge on the third floor. Student contributions are judged by attending faculty and prizes are awarded in several categories.

Who can present?

Graduate or undergraduate students conducting research in the Biology Department or with the collaboration of the Biology Department are encouraged to submit abstracts of their research. Due to the high number of submissions, we will not be able to accommodate research proposals or reports on experiments that are still in the planning stage. We will try to accommodate everyone with their first choice between oral or poster presentation. However, if we are running out of time (slots) in the oral sessions, we will ask students that registered the latest to give poster presentations instead of talks.


Students who wish to present must register by submitting the following information directly to Dr. Susan Schwinning.

  • Type of presentation (talk or poster)
  • Undergraduate/MS/PhD student
  • Texas State email address
  • Title of the presentation
  • Author list with presenter first
  • Affiliations of all authors
  • A 200 word abstract including objectives, methods and results

Earlier registration is encouraged to ensure first choice. We are limited to 26 talks.

Registration deadline will be announced in January 2025.

Abstracts should be submitted in the following format:

  • Calibri font: 10 pt for all text except the title
  • For the title: No all-caps. Calibri 12 pt and bold
  • Single space, 6 pt between paragraphs
  • List the full addresses of all collaborators
  • No more than 200 words, excluding title, author list and addresses
  • No citations
  • No tables or figures
  • Submit as Word not pdf file

Abstracts not following these guidelines will be returned for correction.

Students may choose to do either an oral presentation or a poster.

Oral presentations: Each speaker will have 15 min (12 min for presentation and 3 min for Q&A). Presentation times will be published as soon as the program is finalized. Powerpoint presentations must be uploaded to the Canvas site prior to the meeting. 

Posters: Maximum poster size is 42" wide x 36" tall. Printed posters must be displayed in the Student Lounge by 12 pm on the day of the Colloquium.


Awards will be given for “Best Presentation” by a Ph.D. student, M.S. graduate student and an Undergraduate "Best Poster" award. Additionally awards may be given if there are at least 3 contributions in a given category (e.g. best talk or poster by an undergraduate student)

Questions and more information

Questions may be addressed to the colloquium organizer: 

Dr. Susan Schwinning 


Comm Lab at Texas State University (The Comm Lab works one-on-one with graduate and undergraduate students to help them in preparing to give presentations.)

Golden Rules for PowerPoint presentations

Information on poster presentations