Postdoctoral Research Symposium

April 25, 2024

The Georgetown University Postdoctoral Association (GUPDA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Development are pleased to host the annual GU Postdoctoral Research Symposium on April 25. This event highlights the excellent research and scholarship that our postdoctoral community is producing. Postdocs will present their research through oral and poster presentations.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

10 a.m.Oral Presentations
Harvey Amphitheater North
12 p.m.Lunch
Medical and Dental Building Room NE201C
2 p.m.Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nawar Shara
Harvey Amphitheater North and Zoom
3 p.m.Poster Presentations
Pre-Clinical Science Building Hallway C
4:30 p.m.Reception
West Pavilion (Above Pre-Clinical Science Building)
Rain location will be inside the Pre-Clinical Science Building

Keynote Speaker

Nawar Shara

Nawar Shara, Ph.D.

Nawar Shara, Ph.D., serves as chief, research data science, for the MedStar Health Research Institute. In this capacity she also serves as co-director of the Center of Biostatistics, Informatics and Data Science (CBIDS), as well as founding co-director of the MedStar-Georgetown Collaborative Center for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Research and Education (AI CoLab). She is an associate professor at Georgetown School of Medicine.

Dr. Shara is an established, NIH-funded, clinical investigator with many years of experience in study design, predictive modeling, missing data imputation techniques, health services research, Big Data solutions, risk prediction models and cohort studies. She has created mechanisms that facilitated biostatistical and data management support that enabled hundreds of clinical and translational research collaborations.

RSVP for the Symposium


Oral Presentations

Each oral presentation is a 15-minute talk with PowerPoint slides, followed by 5 minutes for questions and transition. Oral presentations should be geared to a general audience.

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.

The deadline for abstract submission has passed. RSVP to attend the Symposium.


Once you have received an email from the GU PDA 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 audience.

If you have a poster already printed from a recent meeting, you are welcome to use it. Please send us the dimensions of your poster so we can reserve adequate space for you. If you are creating a new poster, we will 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 the Postdoctoral Research Symposium, you will receive further instructions regarding poster placement, evaluations, and schedules for attending your poster.

The deadline for abstract submission has passed. RSVP to attend the Symposium.

Presentation Evaluation Criteria

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 or PowerPoint presentation.


First Place (Oral & Poster): $100
Second Place (Oral & Poster): $60
Third Place (Poster): $30


We are seeking faculty, graduate students, staff and postdocs to give feedback and scores for oral and poster presentations.

Contact Us

Georgetown University Postdoctoral Association:

Office of Postdoctoral Development: