Since 1985 Student Research Day has provided an on-campus forum for students to showcase their research pursuits. For many students, the day offers the opportunity to share their dissertation research with their colleagues from other disciplines, engaging in discussion and soliciting feedback.

Student Research Day is held in the fall of each year for the students in the PhD program at the Georgetown University Medical Center. The purpose of Student Research Days is to showcase the scientific research efforts of graduate students at Georgetown University.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Download the Abstract Booklet

In an effort to decrease our environmental impact, limited paper copies of abstract booklets will be made available. Please make use of our electronic versions. For your efforts of *going green*, we will have special raffle prizes made available. Come to our registration booth during Research Day for your raffle ticket.

Research Day 2015 will take on a similar format to last year. Research Day 2015 highlights:

-Research can be presented in an oral format (10 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
-Monetary prizes
-Keynote speech by founder and creator of PhD Comics, Jorge Cham
-Reception and awards ceremony

Stay tuned for updated information on Student Research Day 2015. In the meantime, please check out our coverage of Student Research Day 2014 and our official Facebook page.


8:30-9AM Research Day Registration
Location: Med-Dent South Lobby
9am – noon Research Day Talks
Location: Med-Dent NE401
Refreshments available
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:15pm – 3:45pm

Location: Preclinical Main Corridor - Ground Level
Refreshments available

Clinical Research Unit
Research Development Services
Shared Resources
Georgetown University Writing Center
The Center for Cell Reprogramming

4:00 – 5:15pm

Keynote Speech - Jorge Cham, PhD, founder and creator of PhD Comics
Location: New Research Building (NRB) Auditorium

5:15 – 7:45pm
   5:30 – 6:00pm
   6:15 – 6:45pm
   6:45 – 7:45pm


Reception - Hors d'oeuvres & Drinks, Stay for Raffle Prizes/30th Anniversary Giveaways
   Book signing by Jorge Cham, PhD
   Award Ceremony
   Networking, Mingling, 30th Anniversary Cake Cutting
Location: Preclinical Main Corridor-Ground Level


General Information


Student Research Day is open to all current graduate students in one of the following Ph.D. programs at Georgetown University:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Global Infectious Disease
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Physiology & Biophysics
  • Tumor Biology


Due to a limited number of poster and oral presentation slots, abstracts will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive an email from the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) indicating whether or not your abstract has been accepted and for what form of presentation.

Individuals may only submit one abstract for Student Research Day. Students must be the principle investigator/primary author for the abstract that is submitted.

All abstracts should be written for a general science audience.

Abstracts must be formatted according to the following parameters:

  • 2300 character limit, including spaces
  • Abstract should be one paragraph
  • No pictures, diagrams, or charts allowed.
  • Single-spaced, Arial 10 normal font for the abstract body
  • If you use symbols such as α, β, γ, or δ in the body of your abstract, make sure that they are formatted to Arial 10 normal.
  • Do not include any references or footnotes
  • Title in all caps
  • Principle investigator named first
  • Other authors or investigators listed after the principle investigator, separated by a comma
  • Each name should be listed with first/given name first
  • List institutions below the names, using a superscript to indicate each author’s institution affiliation

Your abstract will not be accepted if it does not conform to these formatting instructions.

Proofread your abstract before submitting it. Once an abstract is submitted, it will be considered the FINAL version to be used for the event. Revised abstracts will not be accepted.

To submit your abstract entry and register for Research Day 2015, fill out this form.

Contact if you have any questions.


Once you have received an email from MCGSO confirming the acceptance of your abstract for a poster presentation, you will need to ensure that your poster is prepared. Keep in mind that like your abstract, your poster and poster presentation should be geared toward a general science audience. To better understand the judging criteria for presentations, see the rubric here.

If you have a poster already printed from a recent meeting, you are welcome to use this. Please send us the dimensions of your poster so that we reserve adequate space for you. If you are creating a new poster, we will be able to assist in the cost of poster printing.  You will receive details about poster specifications and deadlines to receive assistance in you confirmation email.

As we draw closer to Student Research Day, you will receive further instructions regarding poster placement, evaluations, and schedules for attending your poster.


Research Day 2015 will again include short oral presentation format for research presentations. These sessions will consist of a series of 10 min talks with PowerPoint followed by 5 min for questions and transition.  If you are interested in presenting your research in an oral format, be sure to indicate this during abstract submission.  Only a select number of abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations.

Just as abstracts are expected to be written for a general science audience, all oral presentations should be made in the same way. To better understand the judging criteria for presentations, see the rubric here.

Keynote Speech by Jorge Cham, Phd, Founder and Creator of PhD comics
  • ChamJorge Cham, PhD
    Founder and Creator of PhD Comics
    Join us for an exciting afternoon with keynote speaker Jorge Cham. Jorge is the creator of "PHD Comics", the ongoing comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PHDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids in East L.A. He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama.Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, contributing to their studies of intellectual property in academic-industry relationships and U.S. science and technology competitiveness. 
    To read his comic strip, click here.
    To learn about the research he used to do, click here.
    Read his profile in Science Magazine.


All oral and poster presentations will be judged by faculty within the departments represented. Scores will be tabulated at the end of the day and monetary awards presented to each of the top three oral and poster presenters during the reception at the end of the day. 

1st - $500
2nd - $250
3rd - $100
Reception and Book Signing by Jorge Cham

Stay for hors d'oeuvres & drinks. This will be your opportunity to meet Jorge Cham and mingle with your classmates. Georgetown faculty members will also be present to chat with you if you want to ask them about their own journey, or provide you with some advice as you plan your next career move.


Throughout the course of the day, attendees will be given raffle tickets for each oral and poster presentation visited.  Drawings for raffle prizes will occur during the reception at the end of the day.  Attend more of the day’s events to increase your chances of winning some great prizes!


Clinical Research Unit

Clinical Research Unit The Georgetown University Clinical Research Unit (GU-CRU) is funded by a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and offers the faculty of Georgetown University Medical Center and peer reviewed funded investigators from the partnering institutions of Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) the optimal environment in which to conduct clinical research.

The Clinical Research Unit’s (CRU) mission is to sustain specialized institutional resources in which clinical investigators can observe and study human physiology as well as study and treat disease with innovative approaches. The objective of the GU-CRU program is to make available to medical scientists the resources that are necessary for the conduct of clinical research.


ResearchMatch is a national volunteer research registry that brings together researchers and willing volunteers who wish to get involved in research studies. It provides a secure, web-based approach to recruiting research participants and thus addresses a key barrier to advancing research. It was developed by institutions affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

Contact: Sinead Gilmore

Research Development Services

Research Development Services (RDS) is the GUMC focal point for development of sponsored research grant, contract and cooperative agreement proposals and applications. RDS staff members are available to assist GUMC investigators in identifying sponsored research funding opportunities and developing proposals and application packages in accordance with sponsor and University requirements.

Contact: Richard Cecil

Shared Resources

Using breast cancer research as an example: It is clear that researchers need to study breast cancer tumor tissue. To do this, they will work with Georgetown University Medical Center's (GUMC) Shared Resources. Researchers will contact the Nontherapeutic Subject Registry (NTSR) Shared Resource to recruit and consent patients, as well as Histopathology & Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR), which collects and stores tissue samples. Not only do breast researchers have access to the samples and associated clinical data, they also rely on the pathologist leading the HTSR for his expertise. All of this takes place without the breast cancer lab investing in these resources itself. Lombardi investigators, as well as other investigators at Georgetown, have access to these shared resources.

Each shared resource is handled like a small business and is coordinated by a faculty member who is experienced in that research area. This person has a staff of one or more who facilitates access to that resource. Each "business" provides a specialized service for a reasonable user fee.

Director of Georgetown Lombardi Shared Resources, Stephen Byers, PhD, explains that these shared resources allow Lombardi and Georgetown scientists to pool their equipment, technicians and knowledge for the benefit of all. This program, which is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute, is in place to provide cost effective access to state-of-the-art technologies. New shared resources are continually being developed and brought online.

Contact: Elizabeth Poggi


PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices. PharmedOut is led by a team of academic physicians; our volunteer network includes nurses, pharmacists, industry insiders, students and others.

Our goals are to:
*Document and disseminate information about how pharmaceutical companies influence prescribing
*Foster access to unbiased information about drugs
*Encourage physicians to choose pharma-free CME

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Contact: Alycia Hogenmiller

The Georgetown University Writing Center

The Georgetown University Writing Center is a free resource open to all Georgetown students. Graduate and undergraduate students trained in the teaching of writing are available to assist you at any stage of your writing process. Whether you are just beginning to brainstorm or revising a later stage of your work, our goal is to provide a collaborative center for the discussion of writing. Rather than solely proofread papers for grammar or spelling errors, consultants work to help individuals improve their own critical thinking, revision, and editing skills. We welcome any writing project in any discipline -- from first-year composition essays to medical school personal statements to cover letters, resumes, and conference papers.

Contact: Marielle Hample

The Center for Cell Reprogramming

The Center for Cell Reprogramming pursues and promotes research on stem-like cells, with an emphasis on conditionally reprogrammed cells, adult stem cells and their relevant biological/medical applications. We serve as a nidus for faculty recruitment, for internal and external research collaborations, and for facilitating funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, pharmaceutical companies and foundations. We currently sponsor seminars by world-class scientists to maintain the Center at the forefront of the rapidly advancing field of cell reprogramming. Our basic goal is to perform groundbreaking investigations in predictive and regenerative medicine. For example, we have research groups focusing on the genetic heterogeneity of cancers, the biomarkers of indolent versus aggressive cancers, and the analysis of patient-specific responses (and resistance) to drug and immunologic therapies. In addition, we have other research groups applying these technologies to liver and pancreatic islet cell transplantation. Ultimately, we hope to integrate stem cell biology into the existing basic, translational and clinical programs at Georgetown University Medical Center.


Be sure to check back regularly for updates regarding Student Research Day.

Winners of Student Research Day

For the Poster Presentations:

3rd place: Mohan Zhang – Chemistry - 5th Year -
Structural and Solubility Parameter Correlations of Gelation Abilities for Dihydroxylated Derivatives of Long-Chained, Naturally-Occurring Fatty Acids

2nd Place: Elizabeth Koch – Chemistry - 4th year - 
Phase Transformations and Dopant Effects in Thymine Monohydrate

1st Place: Marina Solomos – Chemistry - 3rd Year -
Template-Directed Nucleation of Diarylurea Polymorphs

For the Oral Presentations:

3rd Place: Megan Allen – IPN - 5th Year -
Astrocyte-Derived MMP-1 As An Effector of Neuronal Excitability

2nd Place: Mackenzie Fama – IPN - 3rd Year - 
The Effects of Healthy Aging and Left Hemisphere Stroke on Statistical Language Learning

1st Place: Ivana Brekalo – Chemistry – 3rd Year -
Templation of Elusive Metal-Organic Frameworks in Solid State Synthesis.

Highlights from 2014 Student Research Day

Click here to see last year's abstracts and presentation topics. 

Here are some photos from Student Research Day 2014:

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