2016 Science Day set for Sept. 19

By: Elizabeth Turner

2016 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Monday, Sept. 19, 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 this page as well as the 2016 Science Day event 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: 2016 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, 2016 Science Day poster winners will now be chosen before Science Day on Sept. 19 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.

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: 5/24/2016 11:34:37 AM

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