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Summer Research Presentation Week 2021



Summer Research Presentation Week 2021 will take place virtually from August 3rd through August 5th. Registration will open June 8th and close July 7th.

If you are a summer intern, Summer Research Presentation Week is your time to share the research and creative projects you have been conducting at the NIH with the broader NIH community and your family and friends! At the same time, you will develop your communication and networking skills.

Any student (high school, college, medical/dental, or graduate) working in an intramural research group this summer may present. You might not have results, but you can still present background information on your project, any data you may have collected, or a discussion of the technical problems you encountered. You can present ideas on and approaches to a project. You can choose to present either a 3-minute talk or a poster. Even although your presentation will be virtual, we hope you will receive questions and comments about your work. You will also have a chance to practice communicating your scientific ideas and results with broader audiences. We hope this event will bring our community closer during this time of social distancing

More information on Summer Research Presentation Week will be coming soon!


Please remember that publishing data anywhere has intellectual property implications. If you want to include data that might result in patentable ideas (or if you are uncertain) be sure you have the permission of your PI to share everything in your presentation. In fact, regardless of what you want to present, get your PI’s permission before you submit.

When you register, you will be asked the type and title of your presentation.  Be certain to discuss the title with your supervisor IN ADVANCE. You will also be able to choose one of two presentation types.

  • 3-minute lightning talk with one simple slide or
  • 5-minute Poster Presentation with one poster slide:

Register for Summer Presentation Week.

Note: To register for Summer Research Presentation Week, you will need an active NIH email address and a MyOITE account with User Type = "NIH Trainee/Fellow" and Trainee Type = "Summer Interns" on the OITE website.  Please wait until you have an NIH email account and can access it, then create a MyOITE account and register for Summer Research Presentation Week.

If you register, confirmation of participation in the event will be emailed by July 16th. At that time, you will receive information regarding your presentation assignment (number, session, and time) and instructions for preparing your presentation.


The audience will have a full 3 minutes to absorb your slide. It should contribute to your talk, rather than take over. It may be a molecular model, an object, a diagram, an hypothesis, or a key finding in graphic form.

  • Keep it simple
  • Choose an eye-catching visual
  • Write out what you plan to say and practice! (Get your research mentor/supervisor to work with you on the talk.)

Resources to help you  design your talk include

  • “Talking Science” workshop: July 22, 1:00–2:00 pm, ET
  • Poster/Talk Preview Sessions: July 27-30, 3:00-5:00 pm, ET; we will answer all your questions
  • Your research mentor/supervisor


To promote scientific discussion and interaction, we recommend that participants create a virtual meeting and present their posters to lab members and other summer interns before the actual virtual poster session.

Virtual Poster Technical Requirements:

  • Poster Size: 48”-60” (Width) and 36” (Height)
  • Poster Orientation: Landscape
  • Recommended Font Size:

    • Title: 80 pt
    • Section Headings: 54 pt
    • Secondary Section Headings or Figure Title: 44 pt
    • General Text: 36 – 40 pt
    • Figure/table legends: 28 pt
  • There is no limit to the size of the file

Virtual Poster Requirements: Content and Design


Include the following components in your poster presentation:

  • Title and Author Information:
    • Title
    • Authors
    • Institute or Center names, logos
  • Content:
    • an introduction (providing background information),
    • a brief statement of the purpose of the project,
    • a description of materials and methods used, and
    • a summary of results and conclusions.

Here are some other general guidelines for laying out your poster:

  • A light background with dark text is easiest to read.
  • Use one font and style to integrate all portions of your poster.
  • Label graphics directly and use tables for small data sets.
  • Keep your title simple and consider using it to state the conclusion or focus of your study.
  • Figures, diagrams, and bullet points are better than paragraphs of text.
  • A general rule of thumb is to allow 40% of your space for graphics, 20% for text, and 40% for white space.

Begin to write and proof-read your poster several weeks in advance. You should develop and practice a short (3 to 5 minute) verbal description of the work that you can present to colleagues who “attend” your poster session.

Resources to help you design your poster include

  • “Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters” workshop: July 8, 1:00–2:00 pm, ET. If you are not able to attend, please watch the video of an earlier workshop (.
  • Poster/Talk Preview Sessions: July 27-30, 3:00-5:00 pm, ET; we will answer all your questions
  • Your research mentor/supervisor