Annual Symposium

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium provides ALL Rutgers life science students from any graduate program a venue to showcase their cutting edge work by means of oral and poster presentations. In addition, this is a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure to the research done in various areas of life sciences on our campus.

This year's symposium will be held on Friday March 23, 2018 and you can see the agenda and flyer by clicking here The syposium will take place at the Rutgers Life Sciences Atrium, Busch Campus from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  The keynote speaker will be Daria Hazua, PhD who is an alumna of Rutgers and is currently the VP and CSO for Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at Merck.

This year, scientists from local pharma companies will also be attending the symposium for networking and will be helping to judge posters. The pharma employees are signing non-disclosure agreements so presenting unpublished findings is not a concern.

Registration for the 2018 symposium is now open by clicking here.  This is also the site where you can submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster. Everyone attending the symposium including students, faculty and postdocs must register in order to receive lunch. 

Abstract Preparation Guidelines:

Enter the title of your abstract in initial caps. Abbreviations that are not commonly known should be spelled out in full at first mention.

Each abstract is expected to contain a sentence stating the study objective (unless given in the title); a brief statement of methods, if pertinent; a summary of the results obtained; a statement of the conclusions; and the source of research support on the bottom line. The abstract should be 250 words.

Please provide the names for all your co-authors.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

All abstracts must be submitted by February 20, 2018 (deadline extended). Please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation.


There are awards for the top oral and poster presentations.

The winners for the 2017 poster and oral presentation were:

Best Poster Awards: Anna Giarratana and Urmimala Basu

Best Oral Presentation Award: Alexandra Nguyen

For information about previous symposia, please visit the Archives.

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