Student Research Day 2016

Abstracts are now open! Please email your abstract to in a word document (.doc or .docx format only) with your name and ‘SRD abstract’ in the subject line. We will follow up with you regarding presentation preference type and other essential information. Please check your email often and be sure that you follow the formatting guidelines detailed below. Abstract submission will close at 5pm on September 6th, 2016.

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 while engaging in discussion and soliciting feedback.

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

Student Research Day


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 (the PhD student)​ should be first author
  • List other authors or investigators after the principle investigator, separated by a comma
  • Please list each author using the format [First, Last]
  • 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.

Click here to see an example of the abstract formatting. (new window) 

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.

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. 

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.


Student Research Day 2016

Student Research Day 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. ​​

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by September 6th, 2016 to MCGSO ( A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after September 6th.

Student Research Day 2015