Fall Fest 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Community Event
Rebecca Tsosie

General Information

The Fall Fest is back and better than ever with featured speaker Rebecca Tsosie, who will discuss "Climate Justice, Indigenous Sustainability, and an Ethic of Place." Tsosie has joined the UA this fall as Regents' Professor of Law with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and will also serve as special advisor to the provost for diversity and inclusion at UA. 

Fall Fest will also include a grad student poster competition, door prizes, good food and drink, and plain old catching up with colleagues, old and new. Join the Institute of the Environment, environmental faculty, and graduate students as we celebrate summer research successes and fall 2016 beginnings.


Many, many thanks to our sponsors for this year's door prizes! You must be present to win. 

Poster Competition

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract. We look forward to seeing your posters!

If you are a grad student involved in environmental research, come show us your stuff – you could win up to $500! This year, Fall Fest will include a poster competition focused on environmentally themed research projects by grad students in ALL departments, including physical sciences, social sciences, law, humanities, arts, and more!

Submit your abstract by midnight on September 5 to join the fun. You could win one of three cash prizes:

  • $500 for first place
  • $200 for second place
  • $100 for third place 


  • Open to all degree-seeking grad students registered for the Fall 2016 semester.
  • Posters may represent environmental research in any discipline, including physical sciences and social sciences, arts and humanities, law, planning and architecture, public health, and ALL others! There are no categories for awards, as the judges are looking for overall clarity and quality of presentation.


Posters will be judged by an interdisciplinary panel of researchers from across campus who will consider the following criteria:

  • The environmental relevance of the research topic
  • How well the poster conveys the significance of this research to the world at large
  • The clarity of the poster to a general audience (think outside your academic discipline)
  • The process is clearly stated and follows logically from the approach
  • Overall poster organization and quality of graphics


  • Posters must be set up in ENR2 Room S107 between noon and 2pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Failure to set up poster in time results in disqualification from competition, and no reimbursement or recourse will be provided.
  • Minimum font for text is 24 point; title font should be at least 72 point.
  • If you have multiple authors, place an asterisk after your name to designate you are the presenter.
  • Posters will be mounted on walls within S107 with sticky tack (which will be provided).
  • We encourage you to stand by your posters during the reception so people may ask you about your research.

Check out tips on making your poster great below.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Governance, Law, and Policy
Natural Environment and Biodiversity