School of Medicine

Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium


About the Symposium


The Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium was established in 2000 to provide a formal mechanism in which Baylor College of Medicine medical students can present meaningful research in either clinical or basic science disciplines. It was founded by Dr. James K. Alexander who served as Baylor faculty member from 1954 until 2007, in his last years as chief of cardiology. He was also a passionate educator and accomplished researcher who not only financially supported, but also personally oversaw the symposium organization.

The purpose of the Henry J.N. Taub Young Investigator Award is to support young clinical investigators in their research projects. The endowment was funded by multiple donors through fundraising efforts of Mr. David Scoular in 1993 and has been awarded annually since then. Since 2007, the award has been given to stellar medical students in conjunction with the James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium.

Over the years, the Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Research Symposium has expanded in the number of poster submissions and participants, and type of research categories. Current opportunities are to showcase research in basic science, education, health system science, and clinical research.

Today, the Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Research Day is an important and prestigious venue for BCM medical students to present their research and discuss their findings with other Baylor students and faculty; for many it is their first formal opportunity to communicate their research data to other professionals and receive feedback.

The symposium also aims to inspire medical students with accounts from highly accomplished clinical, translational, basic science, and educator researchers through sharing anecdotes, accomplishments, and foremost visions to which medical students may relate and adapt.


Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024
  • VoiceThread Recording Submission Deadline: Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
  • Scoring of VoiceThread Recording: Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 – Friday, Feb. 16, 2024
  • Announcement of Top Posters and Invitation to Present at Symposium: Monday, Feb. 19, 2024
  • Symposium Day: Thursday, March 7, 2024
    • Poster Presentations: 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Meet and Greet: 11 a.m. - Noon
    • Keynote Address: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (in conjunction with the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds): Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., FASTMH
    • Awards Presentation: 1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

All participants are required to upload a narrative recording of their poster on VoiceThread. These recordings will be scored by judges. In each of the four categories, the top-scoring posters will be invited to present their work in-person in Rayzor Lounge on Symposium Day.

Submission of a narrated VoiceThread poster is sufficient for students to list their work on their CV as a poster presentation; however, only posters invited for in-person presentation will compete for the Henry J.N. Taub Young Investigator and Most Popular Poster Awards.