Science Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

2019 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Posters will be hung in the Commodore Ballroom from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Science Day activities will include a keynote address by VKC investigator and Graduate School Dean Mark Wallace, two poster sessions, presentations by notable poster presenters, as well as lunch and a closing wine and cheese reception. More information will be posted on this page as it is available.

Science Day goals

  • Promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum.
  • Provide an opportunity to present significant research findings.
  • Encourage research collaboration.

A Tradition With Innovation

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.

Poster Sessions:

More than 100 posters will be 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. Prizes will be awarded among undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows 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.

2019 Poster Competition and Data Blitz Participation

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be returning to on-site poster judging in 2019! However, judges who are assigned to each poster will be varied among their fields of research -- judges will not be assigned based on subject matter of the posters -- so scores will be issued on overall presentation of the material. Poster presenters: it's your mission to make your presentations interesting, understandable, and accessible to everyone!

With the return of on-site judging (with prize winners announced at the end of Science Day during the wine and cheese reception), we'll also be changing our presentations during Science Day. This year, Science Day Committee members will be selecting the top abstract in their respective themes and asking those presenters to share their research in 15 minutes with the Science Day audience.

The Call for Posters AND registration to attend Science Day IS NOW OPEN! Click here to submit a poster abstract.

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, JULY 5, 2019. 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 June 3 to July 31. 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. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019. The submission portal will close after that time, and no additional posters will be accepted.

There is a 425-word limit for all abstracts, and there are pre-divided sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. NOTE: Some Greek symbols will not translate from REDCap to Word or PDF.

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. In addition to the $250 VKC travel award they're eligible to receive by presenting at Science Day, prize winners can choose between a $250 cash prize or an additional $250 Warren Lambert Travel Award to present their research at a scientic meeting during the year.

Science Day Committee theme chairs will also be choosing the top abstract submitted in each of their themes and allow the presenter 15 minutes (12 minute presentation, 3 minutes Q&A) to share their research with Science Day attendees after the poster sessions have concluded. During this presentation time, judges' scores will be tallied and Science Day prize winners will be determined.

Register to attend

Abstract submission does not mean that you are registered to attend Science Day. Registration will open on June 3 on the Science Day Events page. Advance registration will aid in nametags and catering requests. Registration to attend will close on Thursday, Sept. 12. Thank you.

2019 VKC Science Day Agenda:

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Registration and Poster Hanging Opens

, Barista available

11:00 a.m.: Lunch served

11:30 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Kevin Ess. M.D., Ph.D., Science Day Chair
  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director

11:55 a.m.: Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Kevin Ess

12:00-12:55 p.m.: Keynote Address

    and lunch
  • Title TBD

  • Mark Wallace, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair; Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology; Dean, Vanderbilt University Graduate School

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Poster Session 1

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Poster Session 2

3:00 p.m.: Presentations by three top abstract submitters chosen by Science Day Committee (during which time Science Day Committee determines Science Day poster winners); wine and cheese made available

3:45 p.m.: Science Day trivia and awarding Science Day prizes

4:00 p.m.: Closing remarks from Kevin Ess and Jeff Neul

4:15 p.m.: Posters removed

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Turner