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Life Sciences Week

Research Poster Sessions

Pages in this section:

  1. Poster Sessions
  2. FAQ
  3. Printing Resources
  4. Submissions are now closed for 2017. 

2017 Session Dates

Section I
Monday, April 10
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Section II
Thursday, April 13
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

McQuinn Atrium, MU Bond Life Sciences Center (directions)

General Information

The Missouri Life Sciences Week 2017 organizing committee welcomes undergraduate, graduate and professional students, resident and attending physicians, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research to participate in the University of Missouri’s 33rd annual life sciences research forum. This forum will allow you to present the contents of your research to a broader community. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to speak with their faculty advisors for further guidance. All participants should review abstract and poster guidelines for entry (see below).

Photo Release

From time to time we use photographs of participants in our promotional materials. By virtue of your attendance at Missouri Life Sciences Week, the MU Bond Life Sciences Center reserves the right to use your likeness in such materials.


Friday, February 24, 2017 — Abstract Submissions Open
Friday, March 10, 2017 — Abstract Submissions Close

Following your submission, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do NOT receive a confirmation email but believe you should have, please contact Failure to notify the organizing committee may lead to your poster not being accepted on the day of the competition.

Monday, April 10, 2017 – First day for poster presentations
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Second day for poster presentations

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be 250 words or less. The use of scientific symbols, italics, etc. is allowed.
  • For format and size guidelines for printed posters, see Instructions for Poster Presentations below.


  • Undergraduate, graduate and professional students, resident and attending physicians, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research are eligible to participate. Additionally, life sciences researchers from other institutions throughout Missouri, as well as bordering states (higher ed, government, industry, institutes, etc.) are encouraged to participate.
  • All participants must submit an abstract.
  • First authors who are University of Missouri undergraduates or graduate students are eligible to have their posters evaluated by faculty judges for research recognition awards. Those who choose to participate in this part of the poster session must be present during presentation times in order to discuss their projects with faculty evaluators. (This is an option on the submission form.)

Required Presentation Times

  • The abstract submission form allows you to request a preference of presentation day (Monday or Thursday). Please note: Presenters should be prepared to be present on either day. The organizing committee will try to accommodate requests.
  • Students who choose to participate in judged competition should plan to be at their posters from 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 pm on their assigned judging day.

Research Categories

Categories for the poster session are designed to include a very broad range of life science research.

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology — Studies of cellular morphology and function, genome organization, regulation of gene expression, morphogenesis, and somatic cell genetics.
  • Developmental Biology – Studies of developmental processes and outcomes in tissues, organs and whole organisms.
  • Host-Pathogen/Parasite/Symbiont Biology – Studies of the intimate interactions between host organisms and others, from molecular to ecological levels.
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics/Genomics — Studies aimed at understanding gene and genome function in the context of evolution and interactions with the environment
  • Life Science Innovations – Work that primarily focuses upon technology development, including informatics and computation, engineering applications to life sciences, and lab methods.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences — Studies of animal and human behavior, its underlying mechanisms and social and individual outcomes.

Instructions for Poster Presentations

  • Poster dimensions should be no larger than 4 feet high by 4 feet wide. The Bond Life Sciences Center will provide poster board stands and fasteners. Posters may be presented in either landscape or portrait format. Posters that do not follow the guidelines may not be accepted.
  • Presenters may have their posters displayed as early as 8:00 a.m. on their respective poster session day (Monday, April 10 or Thursday, April 13). All presenters must have their posters displayed by 10:00 a.m.

Judging Competition

  • Presenters may exhibit more than one poster, but are limited to only one poster for each first author in the judging competition.
  • Students are restricted to participating in judged competition only two times as undergraduates and only two times as graduate students. Since this is a new rule, students can still participate this year even if they have already competed twice in the past in their category (undergrad or grad).
  • Posters will be left on display on the presentation day and the day after.
  • Something new this year – judges will award achievement certificates such as “Best Oral Presentation” or “Most Innovative”.
  • Posters receiving achievement certificates will be displayed in the LSC Atrium or other prominent location in the Bond Life Sciences Center throughout the week.
  • Students receiving achievement certificates will have their choice of a year’s subscription to a periodical such as Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, or Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.