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Life Sciences Week

Research Poster Sessions

Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Please use the smart fields. If you have trouble, please email lsw@missouri.edu. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, 2020, by 5 pm.

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First Author

Each abstract requires a first author


Co-authors

Please type the co-author(s) name and organization exactly as they should appear. Make sure all of the information is spelled correctly, the order is correct, and you have verified it is complete. This information will be published in the judging material and other documents to promote Life Sciences Week and the winners. It is important you enter this information correctly and do not cut/paste the information here.

Research Advisor Information

* Required for University of Missouri students

Presentation Day Selection

Please select your preferred choice of presentation day. We will do our best to honor the date chosen but occasionally we must move a few presenters in order to have a good balance between the two poster sessions. First authors will be notified of their assigned presentation day by April 1, 2020.


Research Competition

While posters from people in all of the classifications listed at the top of this form are welcome, participation in the research competition is limited. Eligibility for the research competition portion of the poster session is limited to the following:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, and postdocs
  • Only one (1) poster entry as first author

The fist author of the poster entered in the judging competition will need to register at the registration table in the McQuinn Atrium of the Bond Life Sciences Center between 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. on the day they are scheduled to present.

The first author should plan to be at their poster the entire session, except for lunch and small breaks as needed.

• Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in each research category.

• Posters of awardees will be displayed in the McQuinn Atrium on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

There will be an awards ceremony on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Monsanto Auditorium of the Bond Life Sciences Center. Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony and the reception in McQuinn Atrium that will begin immediately following the awards ceremony.



Research Categories

The poster session will have seven categories that span the entire scale of life sciences research. The categories (with description and examples of disciplines within each choice) are listed below. Judging of the posters will be by categories.

We recognize that many life scientists at MU work in interdisciplinary research areas. From the list below, choose the category that best suits your poster as "Choice 1." Provide an alternate option in case posters need to be moved between categories to equalize the judging. If your poster truly fits in only one category, select the same choice for both fields. We will always try to honor your first research category preference.

Animal Biology, Health and Disease — Studies of any aspect of animal biology, health and/or disease from the cellular to the organismal level.

Plant Biology, Health and Disease — Studies of any aspect of plant biology, health and/or disease from the cellular to the organismal level.

Comparative and Translational Medicine — Studies investigating disease or therapeutics or that provide knowledge along the continuum from bench to bedside.

Ecological and Evolutionary Biology — Studies aimed at understanding interactions between individuals, populations, or the environment at the cell/genetic, organismal, or ecosystem level or gene and genome function in the context of evolution.

Life Science Innovations — Work that primarily focuses upon technology development such as bioengineering and lab methods

Social and Behavioral Sciences — Studies of animal and human behavior, its underlying mechanisms, and social and individual outcomes.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology — Analysis of biological information using computers and statistical techniques or the science of developing and utilizing computer databases and algorithms to accelerate and enhance biological research.


Abstract Title, Text, and Lay Description

Do not use special characters or paste information with apostrophes because the website conversion may cause some characters to display incorrectly when published. These conversion errors will show up on the information provided to the judges and any documents promoting life Sciences Week.

Please note, the poster title, author information, and the abstract will be available to the public. Poster abstracts will be available to LSW participants, the judges and the general public. By virtue of your participation at the Missouri Life Sciences Week, the MU Bond Life Sciences reserves the right to share this information electronically, online, and in printed form.

only the abstract title
only the text of your abstract - please limit to 250 words

It is vitally important for scientists to be able to describe their work and its potential uses to the general, non-scientific public. Please enter a brief description of your work without using scientific jargon. For example, think about how to describe your work in very understandable language to a family member that does not work in your field in a way that would make the person want to learn more about your project.

Please confirm your email to complete the submission.
Please confirm the research advisor's email to complete the submission.