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For Grad Students

Students, there are several ways you can get involved in the Forum this year, including:

  • submitting to and/or participating in the Graduate Student Research Forum. This symposium, organized by graduate students for graduate students will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: CS 432. Submissions due: April 22
  • doing a poster or a demonstration at the Forum Reception. Information for people doing posters and demonstrations is included below. The poster/demo reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Cal-(IT)2 Foyer and Atrium.


Your demo should run on a laptop.


You will be provided with a table, chair and power for your demonstration. If you have a poster to go with your demo, you will likely have to display it on the table, against the wall.


Do not count on Internet access - plan for a canned demo. If this is a severe problem, contact Debra Brodbeck .


PAYMENT. Make arrangements with your advisor in advance regarding payment for the poster.


DISPLAY at Forum. You will be provided with a tripod or easel for your poster.


SIZE. Posters are typically either 18 x 24 or 24 x 36.


PRODUCTION. Posters can be produced as you feel appropriate for your project. Typically, they come in two varieties:

  • standard poster board with sheets of paper attached
  • laminated on foam core (UCI Engineering Copy Center - ECC, Kinkos)

ISR students: ISR posters are often enlarged versions of the project's research flyer. Information on making ISR flyers and posters is avilable.


ISR typically makes posters at the Engineering Copy Center due to cost (see Poster Work Request form).


The Engineering Copy Center requires PDF. Kinko's strongly prefers PDF. Be sure to embed all fonts and images. Use CMYK colors.


If you're a PC user, you can download Kinko's File Prep Tool (KFP) Software to keep all of your margins, formatting, fonts and graphics intact for reliable printing. Download is free.


If you're a Mac user, give ECC/Kinko's PDF.


General file preparation info from Kinko's is available.


Files can be given to Kinko's via the web (Kinkonet), email, or burned CD (hand deliver).


The ECC and Kinko's typically take about 3 days to produce posters.


For More Information

Contact Debra Brodbeck.