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Biology Department Colloquium

Biology Department Colloquium

The Biology Student Colloquium is a day-long event featuring the various research interests of our graduate and undergraduate students.

Sponsored by the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and the Department of Biology, the Colloquium is held annually, on the last Friday of February, in the Supple Science Building.

Contributors present posters or give talks. The oral sessions run all day in the large lecture hall, 116 Supple, and are organized in the format of a professional scientific meeting, with strict time limitations. Posters are shown from noon to 5 pm in the student lounge on the third floor. Student contributions are judged by attending faculty and prizes will be awarded in several categories.

The event concludes with an evening social for which all faculty, graduate students and participating undergraduate students are invited.

22nd Annual Biology Student Colloquium
Friday February 23, 2018
Supple Science Building room 116 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and the Student Lounge, 3rd floor 12:00-4:00 pm

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 time 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

  • 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: TBA

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
  • 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 TRACS site by midnight on the registration due date.

Posters: Maximum poster size is 42" wide x 36" tall. Printed posters must be in place in the Student Lounge no later than 12:00 pm the day prior to the colloquium.


Awards will be given for “Best Presentation” by a Ph.D. student, M.S. graduate student and undergraduate student. There will be one "Best Poster" award. All participants will receive feedback on their presentations by the faculty judges.


Questions may be addressed to the colloquium organizers: Susan Schwinning (, 512-245-3753), Erica Simpson (, 512-245-2178) or Vince Lopes (, 512-245-6709).