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11th Annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium - Abstract Submission

All NIH graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation in one of the categories listed below. First and second-year students beginning their dissertation studies are also highly encouraged to present their research proposals in the "New Proposal" category. A committee of postdoctoral, staff scientist, and staff clinician judges will evaluate these posters, and the students with the best posters will receive the NIH Graduate Student Research Awards (NGSRA). One of the NGSRA awards is reserved exclusively for a poster submitted in the "New Proposal" category, so we encourage you to apply even if you are just starting your research! Don't miss out. Submit now!

Note: NGSRA winners from the 10th Annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium are eligible to compete again this year, but the poster must be at least 50% different/updated from last year.

Guidelines for abstracts

The deadline for posters is November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm ET.  Abstracts must be limited to 300 words and cannot include tables and figures.  Note: Abstracts will be utilized  for poster judging categorization (as necessary), though they will not be used for poster judging or included in program materials. Only poster titles, authors, & student affiliations will be included in program materials and posted online.

Oral presentations

Four students will be selected to present their work in the form of an oral presentation. All GPP students are eligible for consideration to present an oral talk. However, three of the four oral presentations will be selected from students who have previously presented at the Graduate Student Seminar Series (GS3) or GPP Retreat. If chosen for an oral presentation, you must also present a poster.


  1. New Proposal
  2. Biochemistry, Developmental, Cell and Molecular Biology
  3. Carcinogenesis / Tumor Biology
  4. Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Computational, and Systems Biology
  5. Genetics
  6. Immunology, Virology, and Microbiology
  7. Neuroscience
  8. Physiology and Psychology
  9. Structural Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry and Pharmacology

Please note that final judging categories are subject to change based on the number of submissions.