2017 Science Day set for Monday, Nov. 13

By: Elizabeth Turner

2017 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Monday, Nov. 13, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Posters will be hung in the Commodore Ballroom from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with the program beginning at noon in the Board of Trust Room. Science Day festivities will include lunch, two poster sessions, a keynote, and a Data Blitz, closing with a wine/cheese reception. More information will be posted on the VKC Science Day webpage as well as the 2017 Science Day Events Calendar page as details are solidified.

Each year, more than 100 posters are presented by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research faculty, and research staff conducting research in labs or research programs of VKC members and investigators. Cash prizes are awarded to an undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow for best research poster in each of the following research themes:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research
  • Systems Neuroscience

In addition, all poster presenters (first authors) become VKC Affiliates and are eligible to compete for VKC travel awards to present at a scientific or professional conference in the next year. Posters presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission.


Call for Posters: 2017 Poster Competition and Data Blitz Participation

In an effort to make the poster submission process more like what a researcher would encounter for a professional conference, 2017 Science Day poster winners will now be chosen before Science Day on Nov. 13 based on the quality of the abstracts submitted by the presenters.

Out of those who choose to compete, seven winners will be chosen: one graduate and postdoctoral presenter from each of the three themes (Systems Neuroscience; Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience; and Clinical, Behavioral, Intervention Research), as well as one overall undergraduate presenter. These seven winners will each receive a $250 cash prize. Also, the six graduate and postdoctoral winners will each be asked to contribute a 5-minute Data Blitz during the Science Day program. All graduate and postdoctoral presenters entering the competiton must be willing to participate in the Data Blitz portion of the Science Day program.

The Call for Poster Abstracts will open on Monday, July 31, 2017. There are two deadlines to consider, depending on whether or not a presenter wants to be eligible for cash prize/Data Blitz consideration.

  • The submission deadline for poster presenters wishing to compete for an award is 11:59 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. Submissions received after that deadline may still present at Science Day but will not be considered for competition. NOTE: All presenters have the option to opt out of competition from July 31 through Oct. 2. You do not have to wait to submit if you do not want to participate in the competition.
  • The submission deadline for ALL Science Day poster abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MONDAY, OCTOBER 2. The submission portal will close after that time, and no additional posters or incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Register to attend

Abstract submission does not mean that you are registered to attend Science Day. Please register to attend by visiting the Science Day Events page. Advance registration will aid in nametags and catering requests.


A Tradition With Innovation

The goals of the annual VKC Science Day are to promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum; to provide an opportunity to present significant research findings; and to encourage research collaboration.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has more than 300 faculty researchers, staff, and affiliate members working together across disciplines to create basic and clinical scientific discoveries, to translate research into best practices, and to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners. The ultimate goal is to make positive differences in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Last Updated: 7/5/2017 4:06:36 PM

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