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Life Sciences Week

Research Poster Sessions

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April 15 – 20, 2019

The Missouri Life Sciences Week 2019 organizing committee welcomes undergraduate, graduate and professional students, post-docs, resident and attending physicians, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research to participate in the University of Missouri’s 35th 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. Eligibility
  3. Registration and Presentation Overview
  4. Presentation Time Commitments
  5. Research Categories
  6. Abstract and Poster Instructions
  7. Judging Criteria and Competition Information
  8. Release of Information
  9. Submit an abstract
  10. FAQ
  11. Printing Resources

Submit An Abstract

Timeline

  • February 1 — Abstract Submissions Open
  • March 1 — Abstract Submissions Close
  • March 15– Emails sent to first authors with presentation assignments for session date and research category, as well as detailed instructions.
  • March 22– Schedule finalized
  • Poster sessions:
    • Session I: Monday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Session II: Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (undergrads only)
    • Session III: Thursday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Eligibility

  • Undergraduate, graduate and professional students, post-docs, 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 1, 2019.
  • First authors who are University of Missouri undergraduates, graduate students, or postdocs are eligible to have their posters judged.

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Registration and presentation process

  • Submit poster registration and abstract on or before March 1.
  • If you requested that your poster be judged, the first author and the senior 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 to present, email lsw@missouri.edu as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 22.
    • Category assignment: Verify your poster is assigned to an acceptable research category. If you have a concern, email lsw@missouri.edu.
    • NOTE: No changes in presentation date or research categories can be made after March 22. 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 a confirmation email, contact lsw@missouri.edu.
  • Prepare your poster.

Presentation requirements for the first author

  • Check in: On your assigned date, you will need to check-in at the registration table in front of Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center between 8:30-9:45 am.  At that point you will receive your poster location assignment and T-shirt.
  • Awards: For posters presented at either Session I or III, there will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place presentation recognized in each category.
    • Notification: You will be notified by email of the award decisions the evening of April 18.  We ask that award winners bring their posters to the LSC Atrium by 9:30 am Friday so they can be displayed before, during and after the awards ceremony.
    • Awards Ceremony: Winners will receive their awards at the awards ceremony on Friday, April 19 at 2:30 pm in Monsanto Auditorium.
      • All presenters and their advisors are invited to the awards ceremony.
      • A reception will follow.
      • Winners will take their posters down following the reception.

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Presentation Time Commitments

  • Undergraduates will present during Research Poster Session II on Wednesday, April 17.  Undergraduates with a legitimate class conflict on Wednesday, can request to present during one of the other Sessions.
  • All non-undergraduate presenters can indicate a presentation date preference: Monday (Session I) or Thursday (Session III) at the time of abstract submission. 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 choose to participate in the judging competition should plan to be at their posters the entire session time (10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.).

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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 the work of many life scientists at MU is interdisciplinary, when you submit your poster you will be asked to choose an appropriate research category for your poster.

  • 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.

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Instructions for Abstracts and Poster Presentations

  • Abstracts should be 250 words or less.
  • Do not use special characters because the website conversion may cause some characters to display incorrectly when published.
  • Poster size. Posters should be no larger than 4 feet high by 4 feet wide.
  • Posters that do not follow the guidelines may not be accepted.
  • The Bond Life Sciences Center will provide poster board stands and fasteners.
  • Presenters may put up their posters once they have registered on their assigned day.
  • All posters to be judged must be displayed by the start of the session (10 a.m.).
  • All posters must be removed by the end of each session

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Presentation Time Commitments

  • For presenters who are not undergraduates, the abstract submission form allows you to request a select presentation date (Monday or Thursday). 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 to participate in the judging competition should plan to be at their posters the entire session time (10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm) on their assigned day. You must be at your poster to be considered for a poster prize.

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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 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 judges.
  • Posters will need to be taken down at the end of the presentation session (3 p.m.). If the poster is judged and receives an award, the poster will be displayed all day on Friday April 19.

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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Release of Information

  • 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.
  • 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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