School of Medicine

Medical Student Research Symposium


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


General Information

Venue: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Detailed information about the day's agenda will be provided by email

Poster Presentation: 9 - 11 a.m.; Zoom
Keynote Speaker: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.; Zoom: Teri Lee Turner, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.

Abstract Submission:

Deadline for Abstract submission: Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. (see 2021 Abstract Submission Requirements for detailed information).

Abstract Acceptance:

Only original research will be accepted for presentation. Abstracts must relate to either the clinical research basic science research, or educational research. Case reviews and literature reviews will NOT be accepted.

  • Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
  • Well-prepared, concise, appropriate, and understandable abstract
  • Clear goal/hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusion/discussion sections
  • Relevance and novelty of project
  • Abstracts must be submitted before the deadline.

Poster Design and Preparation:

Each student will prepare a poster (1 page) using appropriate software (e.g. PowerPoint).Once the poster is ready for publication, the file will be uploaded to Voice Thread. In Voice Thread, the first author will record a 5-10 minute overview of the project. Detailed instructions of how and where (link) to upload your poster and record your summary will be provided by email once your poster has been accepted for presentation.

  • Divide your poster presentation clearly into introduction, goal/hypothesis, methods, results, conclusion/discussion, and acknowledgement sections.
  • Do NOT include your abstract on the poster.
  • Make sure your goal/hypothesis is clearly stated.
  • Either on the poster or verbally in your presentation, clearly define what role you had in the research on your poster and how much you contributed to the presented data.
  • If equal authorship, all "equally contributing authors" must contribute verbally to the recorded discussion of their project (but not co-authors).

Voice Thread Design:

  • Prepare your cover slide (1 page) using appropriate software (e.g. Power Point). State the name and add a photo of the first author only (if equal authorship - photos of all equally contributing authors should be included), yet not of co-authors. State your class year next to your name. State the title of your poster, yet no affiliations or names of co-authors.
  • Once the slide is ready for publication, upload the file to Voice Thread as page 1 in your presentation.
  • Your poster will be uploaded as page 2 of your presentation.
  • Optional: upload your abstract as page 3 of your presentation.


Posters will be discussed via Zoom between 9-11 a.m. The exact time will be provided by email once your poster has been accepted for presentation. Each first author student (or all equally contributing students) MUST be available to discuss the poster in person to the judges via Zoom.

  • Three judges will review your poster and ask questions.
  • Students who fail to present their poster on Research Day without prior notification will not be considered for poster presentation at future symposiums.

Judging and Award Criteria:

Judges will be looking for the following criteria (each student must be present on Zoom to speak with all three judges):

  • Student’s preparation: Well-prepared, engaged, confident, professional, on time
  • Quality of oral presentation: Clear and concise project overview and able to answer questions adequately
  • Quality of poster: Appropriate, understandable, and informative overview of your project
  • Quality of research (goal/hypothesis-driven study)
    • clear goal/hypothesis
    • appropriate methods to address the goal/hypothesis
    • conclusion(s) are supported by presented data and directly relate to the goal/hypothesis
  • Impact of research project: novelty (new concepts, new knowledge, new technology), validity of data
  • Student's involvement in the research (please clearly define what role you had in the research project)

Henry J.N. Taub Young Investigator Awards:

Each of the above listed criteria will be rated on a scale of 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best); points from all three judges will be added together.

In each category (clinical, basic science, educational research), based on the number of abstract submissions per category, up to four posters with the highest amount of points will be awarded.

  • First Place: $400
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • Fourth Place: $100

Award winners will be announced by email on Friday, March 26 (certificates and monetary awards will be sent later).