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Life Sciences Week

Research Poster Sessions


April 9 – 10, 2018

Accepting applications for poster presentations through Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

The Missouri Life Sciences Week 2018 organizing committee welcomes undergraduate, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, resident and attending physicians, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research to participate in the University of Missouri’s 34th 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).


What you need to know:

  1. Timeline
  2. Registration and Presentation Overview
  3. Eligibility
  4. Presentation Time Commitments
  5. Research Categories
  6. Abstract and Poster Instructions
  7. Judging Criteria and Competition Information
  8. Photo Release Statement
  9. Submit an abstract
  10. FAQ
  11. Printing Resources

Submit An Abstract


  • Tuesday, February 20 , 2018 — Abstract Submissions Open
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — Abstract Submissions Close
  • Monday, March 15, 2018 – Emails sent to first authors with presentation assignments for session date and research category, as well as detailed instructions.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 – Schedule finalized
  • Poster sessions:
    • Session I: Monday, April 9, 2018
    • Session II: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Registration and presentation process

  • If you requested your poster to be judged, the first author will receive a follow-up email with instructions. Pay close attention to the following items in that email.
    • Assigned presentation date: If you will not be available to be present for the entire poster session on the day you are assigned, email as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.
    • Category assignment: Verify your poster is assigned to an acceptable research category. If you have a concern, email
    • NOTE: No changes in presentation date or research categories can be made after 3/30/2018. If you are unable to attend on the date assigned, you will not be judged.
  • First author will receive an email confirming the registration. If you do not receive an confirmation email, contact
  • Submit poster registration on or before Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
  • Prepare your poster.

Presentation requirements for the first author

  • Register: On your assigned dates you will need to register at the registration table in the McQuin Atrium of the Bond Life Sciences Center between:
    • On Monday: 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM.
    • On Tuesday: 8:45 AM –9:45 AM

At that point you will receive your poster location assignment and T-shirt.

  • Judging: You will need to be at your poster the entire session time, except for lunch hour (check schedule) and any needed short breaks. You must be at your poster to be judged because the judging is for the poster and the presentation given to the judge.
  • Awards: An award and gift certificate to the Mizzou Store will issued to the first author of the 1st ($150), 2nd ($100), and 3rd ($50) place posters. Award certificates will be given to recognize “Honorable Mention” posters
    • Notification: You will be notified by email of the award decisions on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
    • Award Ceremony: Winners will receive their awards at the awards ceremony Friday, April 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. All presenters who receive an award certificate are invited to the awards ceremony. Posters receiving awards will be displayed in the Atrium or other prominent location within the Bond Life Sciences Center.

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  • Undergraduate, graduate and professional students, resident and attending physicians, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research are eligible to participate in the poster presentation.
  • 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 by the deadline: March 7, 2018.
  • 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. (see judging below).

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Presentation Time Commitments

  • The abstract submission form allows you to request a select presentation date (Monday or Tuesday). To the extent possible this will be honored. The first author will receive an email with the final assignment and detailed instructions.
  • First authors who chose participate in the judging competition should plan to be at their posters the entire session time, except for lunch hour (check schedule) and any needed short breaks.

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Research Categories

Categories for the poster session are designed to include a very broad range of life science research. While we recognize that many life scientists at MU work in interdisciplinary, when you submit your poster you be asked to choose an appropriate research category for your poster.

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology: Studies of cellular morphology and function, genome organization, regulation of gene expression, morphogenesis and somatic cell genes.
  • Ecological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Biology: Studies aimed at understanding gene and genome function in the context of evolution and interaction with the environment. Studies of developmental processes and outcomes in tissues, organs, and whole organisms.
  • Plant and Animal Physiology and Health: Studies of intimate interactions between cells among host cells, or between host cells and others at the organismal level.
  • 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: Analysis of biological information using computers and statistical techniques, the science of developing and utilizing computer databases and algorithms to accelerate and enhance biological research.

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Instructions for Abstracts and Poster Presentations

  • Abstracts should be 250 words or less. Pay special attention to special characters because pasting from a Word document into a web form may cause some characters to display incorrectly.
  • Poster size. Posters 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 an hour before their assigned poster session day. All posters to be judged must have their posters displayed by start of the session.

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Judging Criteria and Competition Information

  • 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.
  • Presenters may exhibit more than one poster, but are limited to only one poster for each first author in the judging competition.
  • Judging expectations will be included in the detailed email.
  • The first author must be present during presentation times in order to discuss their projects with faculty evaluators.
  • Posters will need to be taken removed at the end of the presentation session unless they are assigned to the Bioinformatics categories (see next bullet). If the poster is judged and receives an award, the poster will be displayed during the awards ceremony on Friday afternoon.
  • If your poster is assigned to the Bioinformatics category it will also be included in the 3rd Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference poster session, which is also taking place during 2018 Life Sciences Week. Please contact Karla Carter ( if you would like more information on attending the conference, including an opportunity to present your poster to the attendees.

Judging Criteria

  • Introduction/Background. Was the rationale and background for the research question or innovation compelling and clearly presented?
  • Were the techniques used in the study appropriate, innovative, and clearly explained?
  • Results/Conclusion. Were the results rigorous, appropriately interpreted, and clearly presented?
  • Poster. Was the poster organized and professional? Would you be able to understand the poster even if it weren’t presented to you?

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Photo Release

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

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