Student Research Day 2022

October 6

Since 1985, Student Research Day has provided an on-campus forum for students to showcase their research pursuits. For students in the Ph.D. programs at the Georgetown University Medical Center, 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 open to all current graduate students in these Ph.D. programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Cell Biology; Chemistry; Global Infectious Disease; Microbiology & Immunology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Physics; Psychology; Physiology & Biophysics; Tumor Biology.


October 6Event
9 a.m.-12 p.m.Oral Presentations
Hybrid, Zoom/Medical and Dental Building, Room NE 201A
Register to attend oral presentations
1-2 p.m.Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cindy Buckmaster
Hybrid, Zoom/Preclinical Science Building, Room LA2
Register to attend the keynote
2:30-4:30 p.m.Poster Presentations
Preclinical Science Hallway
Posters will be available for viewing throughout the day and during the reception.
4:30-6 p.m.Reception and Announcement of Presentation Winners
Outside Tent, Preclinical Science Building

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cindy Buckmaster. Credit: Randie J. Blumhagen 2016

Dr. Cindy Buckmaster has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior which involved studies on how the brain supports cognition in monkeys. She was formerly the Director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and is currently a Strategic Advisor for Transnetyx.

Cindy’s involvement in the lab animal community spans a wide range of educational, advocacy, and public outreach organizations, as well, and she is frequently interviewed by the media for her knowledge of basic research with animals and laboratory animal care. In addition to her role with Transnetyx, she is currently the Director for Public Outreach with the National Animal Interest Alliance, Past-Chair and Spokesperson for Americans for Medical Progress, and the President of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Buckmaster has been directly involved in nearly every aspect of animal research – and she has the courage and conviction to be transparent about all of it.

Submit an Abstract

The deadline for abstract submission has passed.

Abstracts will be accepted on a first come, first served basis due to a limited number of poster and oral presentation slots. 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.

First-year Ph.D. students who have completed a rotation project are welcome to present their data in a poster format. There will be slots separate from poster and oral presentations allotted to first-year Ph.D. students.

Students 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.

Your abstract will not be accepted if it does not conform to the formatting instructions. See the sample abstract.

  • Written for a general science audience
  • 2,300-character limit, including spaces
  • One paragraph
  • No pictures, diagrams, or charts
  • 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 (first word capitalized only)
  • List each author using the format [Last Name, First Initial]
  • The principal investigator (the Ph.D. student) should be the first author
  • List other authors or investigators after the principal investigator, separated by commas
  • List institutions below the names, using a superscript to indicate each author’s institutional affiliation



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 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 may* be able to assist in the cost of poster printing (*to be determined). 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. Posters are due by September 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Oral Presentations

The oral presentation sessions will consist of a series of 10-minute talks with PowerPoints, followed by 5 minutes 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.

Oral presentations should be geared to a general science audience.

Presentation Evaluation

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.

Call for Judges

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