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Graduate Student Research Symposium

The premier full-day event showcasing graduate student research through talks, posters and networking.


About the symposium

The 20th annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium is the premier event for NIH graduate students to showcase their research to the NIH community.  All graduate students performing their Ph.D. dissertation research within the NIH Intramural Research Program are highly encouraged to present, and all members of the NIH community are invited to attend.

We're excited to be back fully in person for our 20th Symposium! Join us for this exciting event and meet the faces of tomorrow's science.

Symposium features

  • Poster presentations on the dissertation research of NIH graduate students.
  • Oral presentations by current NIH graduate students selected based on their abstract submission.
  • An elevator pitch competition by NIH Graduate Students.
  • The NIH Graduate Student Research Awards (NGSRA) - travel/educational awards presented to the top poster presenters, judged by NIH Postdoctoral fellows, Staff Scientists, and Staff Clinicians. One of these awards is reserved exclusively for a poster submitted in the "New Proposal" category.
  • Graduation ceremony honoring students who have recently defended their dissertations.
  • Presentation of the annual GPP Outstanding Mentor Awards.

Symposium dates and schedule

2024 symposium program booklet


The 2024 Graduate Student Research Symposium took place on Thursday, February 15, 2024 in the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Schedule of events

All times listed are Eastern time.
Time & place Event

9:00 - 10:00am

Lower level rooms

Elevator pitch competition

Registration in the lower lobby

10:00 - 11:30am

Ruth L Kirschstein Auditorium

Welcome by Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director, OITE

Student oral presentations

  • Devorah Cahn, University of Maryland, College Park, NCI
  • Jenny Hsin, University of Cambridge, NIDCR
  • Jonathan Nicklas, Georgetown University, NHGRI
  • Emma Macdonald, Brown University, NIMH

11:45am - 12:45pm


Poster session I

Odd numbered posters presenting

12:45 - 1:15pm

Room A/B

Networking lunch

1:15 - 2:15pm


Poster session II

Even numbered posters presenting

2:30 - 3:45pm

Ruth L Kirschstein Auditorium

Keynote roundtable

  • Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, NIH
  • Dr. Nina Shor, Deputy Director, NIH Intramural Research Program

Moderated by Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director, OITE

4:00 - 5:00pm

Ruth L Kirschstein Auditorium

Awards ceremony

  • Graduation ceremony
  • Outstanding Mentor Awards

How to attend

Graduate students performing their PhD dissertation research at NIH are invited and highly encouraged to present at this event.

Attendance at this event is open to the NIH Intramural community.

Information for poster presenters

Your poster should meet the guidelines outlined in our recommendations for creating a poster.

For graduating GPP students

Register to receive your graduate certificate at the 2025 Graduate Research Symposium: GPP Award Certificate.

Organizing committee

Each year, several graduate students, in conjunction with the GPP office, organize the symposium. Members of the symposium committee include:

Student Committee Members

  • Ifeoma Azinge, NIMH and Brown University
  • Jose Delgado, CC and University of Maryland
  • Ben Filio, NINDS and Brown University
  • Smriti Kanangat, NCI and Emory University
  • Vivian Morris, NCI and Johns Hopkins University
  • Brad Olinger, NIA and Johns Hopkins University
  • Sadia Perveen, NHLBI and University of Turin
  • Rima Sakhawala, NIDDK and Johns Hopkins University

GPP Staff Members

  • Phil Ryan, Director, Graduate Partnerships Program