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Research Poster Sessions — FAQ

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Who can participate in the annual life sciences research forum?
Undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff actively engaged in life sciences-related research. Additionally, life sciences researchers from other institutions throughout Missouri, as well as bordering states (higher ed, government, industry, institutes, etc.) are encouraged to participate.

Some faculty, staff and graduate students with appropriate expertise can also sign up to judge, based on their qualifications. Want to be a judge? Contact or

How are poster session day assignments assigned?
There will be two poster sessions. Due to the large number of posters presented you will be asked to select a presentation day on the abstract submission form. If the date you select is not available, you will be re-assigned to the other session. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference, if possible, and assignments will be emailed in early April.

Do I need to check-in upon arrival on my assigned day?
Yes! You will need to check-in with the headquarters table to receive a poster session guide, t-shirt and additional day-of instructions.

What time do I need to setup and takedown my poster?
Presenters may put up their posters after they have registered. Registration will be open at least one hour prior to the start of the poster session (typically by 8:45 a.m.). All posters must be displayed by start of the poster session (10 a.m.).

Is there a dress code?
You are not required to dress up while presenting. If you choose to do so, consider wearing comfortable shoes, because it’s a long day.

Who receives an official Missouri Life Sciences Week t-shirt?
A free t-shirt is provided to all first authors. These are unisex shirt sizes. Shirts are ordered as requested, therefore no substitutions will be made. A limited number of additional t-shirts may be available for purchase.

Do I need to be at my poster all day?
Presenters should be at their posters the entire session on their assigned day, except for lunch, if participating in the competition. If you are in the research competition and have not been visited by a faculty judge by the end of the morning session, it is imperative that you notify the headquarters table before lunch. If the judges have inadvertently missed your poster, there is no way for us to remedy the situation if you wait until the end of the day to let us know.

What if I need special accommodations?
We will make every attempt to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the organizing committee,

What if I have a question that is not answered on this FAQ page?
Please contact the organizing committee,


Do I have to go to the awards ceremony?
We encourage everyone to attend the awards ceremony.

How will I receive my award?
If you win an award, you will receive your award at the awards ceremony on Friday (see schedule for time).


Where can I find resources to assist me in creating my research poster?
The Office of Undergraduate Research and the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library have a wide variety of resources free and available to all students both graduate and undergraduate.