Student Research Day 2017

2018 Student Research Day

Join us on October 16, 2018 for the this year’s Student Research Day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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 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


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Schedule
8:00am – 9:00am Registration
Poster presenters should register in the south lobby (first floor) or Medical-Dental building and be prepared to hang their posters within this time period.
9:00am – 11:45am Oral Presentations
Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401


Schedule of sessions for Student Research Day
Time Session
8:00am to 9:00am Registration
Poster presenters should register in the south lobby (first floor) or Medical-Dental building and be prepared to hang their posters within this time period.
9:05am to 9:20am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Chiroptical asymmetric reaction screening via multicomponent self-assembly
by Zeus De los Santos
9:20am to 9:35am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Hydralazine attenuates the development of hypertension in the female dahl salt-sensitive rat in a t cell-independent manner
by Amrita Pai
9:35am to 9:50am Break
9:50am to 10:05am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Methylation patterns of circulating cell-free BNC1, RASSF1 and UCHL1 in patients undergoing surgery or FOLFIRNOX for pancreatic cancer
by Sarah Martinez Roth
10:05am to 10:20am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Self-reported inner speech in aphasia is related to phonological retrieval
by Mackenzie Fama
10:20am to 10:35am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
The Relationships Between Gray Matter Volume and Reading, as well as IQ, and Socio-Economic Status
Gabrielle-Ann Torre
10:35am to 10:50am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
The role of tubulin deacetylation in HIV-1 gp120-mediated neurotoxicity
by Erin Wenzel
10:50am to 11:05am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Evaluating motor system involvement in speech perception using EEG
by Kelly Michaelis
11:05am to 11:20am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
Finding your sox: cross species function of Sox11 in neural development
by Kaela Singleton
11:20am to 11:35am Oral Presentation, Medical-Dental Bldg NE 401
HIV-1 Tat promotes astrocyte-derived MMP-13 enzymatic activity and MCP-1 release via PAR-1
by Lorenzo Bozzelli
11:45am to 2:00pm Lunch on Your Own
2:00pm to 4:30pm Poster Session, Preclinical Sciences Hallway
4:45pm to 5:45pm Reception, Preclinical Sciences Hallway
We will announce oral & poster presentation winner as well as the raffle prizes.
11:45am – 2:00pm Lunch on Your Own
2:00pm-4:30pm Poster Session
Preclinical Sciences Hallway
4:45pm-5:45pm Reception
Preclinical Sciences Hallway
We will announce oral & poster presentation winner as well as the raffle prizes.


Abstract submission is open now! The deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Interested individuals can submit their abstracts through this abstract submission form.

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 your abstract has been accepted and which presentation format you have been assigned.

Individuals may only submit one abstract for Student Research Day. Students must be the principal investigator/primary author for the abstract that is submitted. Once an abstract is submitted, it will be considered the FINAL version to be used for the event. Revised abstracts will not be accepted.

Abstracts must be formatted according to the following parameters*:

  • Be written for a general science audience
  • 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 sentence case (ex: First word capitalized only.)
  • Principal investigator (the PhD student) should be the first author
  • List other authors or investigators after the principal investigator, separated by a comma
  • Please list each author using the format [Last Name, First Initial]
  • 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.


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 in your 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 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.


Poster and oral presentations will be evaluated for the following categories: background/introduction, hypothesis or objective, methods, results, conclusion or discussion, future work, overall presentation and handling of questions, and quality of the poster board or PowerPoint presentation. Please see the Poster & Oral Judging Form linked below for more details.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by September 10th, 2017 to MCGSO ( A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after September 10th.