Graduate Student Research Day

What Is Graduate Student Research Day?

Once a year, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) holds an event on the UConn Health campus called Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD). GSRD is a forum for the students in the graduate school to present their research through oral and poster presentations. GSRD 2019 is set for Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

The day includes a keynote address by an invited speaker. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs, University of California-San Diego.

Last year, GSRD was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  Read about GSRD 2018 here.


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

9:00 a.m.
Poster Session Setup
Location: Rotunda Lobby
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Poster Session A&B
Session A: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Session B: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Rotunda Lobby
11:50 a.m.
Opening Remarks by Dr. Barbara Kream
Awards Presentations:
Osborn Biomedical Science Graduate Teaching Award
Location: Academic Rotunda
Keynote Address: Dr. JoAnn Trejo Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs
University of California-San Diego
Cell Signaling by Protease-activated Receptors
Location: Academic Rotunda
1:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Lunch (RSVP required!)
Location Center Courtyard (rain location: Academic Rotunda)
2:00 p.m.
Area of Concentration Oral Presentations
Location: Academic Rotunda
2:00 p.m. – Systems Biology (formerly Cell Analysis and Modeling)
2:15 p.m. – Cell Biology
2:30 p.m. – Genetics and Developmental Biology
2:45 p.m. – Immunology
3:00 p.m. – Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
3:15 p.m. – Neuroscience
3:30 p.m. – Skeletal Biology and Regeneration
3:45 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
Location: Academic Rotunda
Introduction of 2019-20 GSO Officers
2019-20 Lepow Award Winner
2019 Raisz Award Winner
2019 Edward G. Henderson Memorial Prize Winner
Poster and Oral Presentation Award Winners
Student Leadership Award Winner
5:30 p.m.
Student Dinner with Dr. Trejo

Location: Rockledge Grille  (RSVP required!)

2019 Graduate Student Poster Session and Oral Presentations

The 36th Annual Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) is on Wednesday June 5th. To celebrate the research students have done, we will be having a poster presentation in the morning starting at 9:30 a.m. as well as oral presentations beginning at 2 p.m. In order to make GSRD happen, we need abstracts from you!

If you’d like to give an oral or poster presentation, please refer to the submission guidelines emailed directly to students and submit by May 1st. 

Posters need to be 42″ wide and 36.5″ high. Printing is available through the Storrs campus as long as official UConn Health and Graduate logos are used. If you need help or have more questions about printing your posters please contact Elizabeth Morrison (

For the oral presentations, each area of concentration will choose a representative student from their respective disciplines as their presenter. Each presenter will have approximately 10 minutes to present their work and five minutes for questions.

Beyond being a venue to present your research, there will also be a poster contest (3 awards) and oral presentation contest (1 award) with a cash prize for those presentations which best fit the following criteria:

  • clarity and conciseness
  • integrity of methodology and support of aim(s)
  • importance and relevance
  • organization and aesthetics

Good luck!

Graduate Student Lunch (RSVP required)

All graduate students are invited to this year’s GRSD lunch.  A sign up link will be emailed to students.

Keynote Speaker: 2019

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Dr. JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs, University of California-San Diego.

Graduate Student Dinner with Dr. Trejo (RSVP required)

All UConn Health Graduate School students are invited to a dinner with Dr. Trejo. Space is very limited; a sign up link will be emailed to graduate students.

Previous Guest Speakers

Previous speakers from recent years include:

  • Dr. Christine M. Disteche, (2018) Ph.D., Director of the University of Washington Regional Cytogenetics Laboratory, Professor of Pathology, University of Washington. Read about GSRD 2018 here.
  • Dr. Mark H. Tuszynski (2017), M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego.  Read about GSRD 2017 here.
  • Dr. Deborah Hogan (2016), Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth.  Read more about the day here.
  • Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz (2015), NIH Distinguished Investigator, Chief, Section on Organelle Biology, Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, NICHS, NIH.
  • Dr. Susan Ackerman (2014), Investigator and Professor, HHMI and The Jackson Laboratory.
  • Dr. Thomas Steitz (2013), 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Yale University Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Professor of Chemistry, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Read about the 2013 GSRD
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman (2012), Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, from Harvard University. Read about the 2012 GSRD.
  • Dr. Marina Picciotto (2011), Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology, Yale University. Read about the 2011 GSRD.
  • Dr. Richard Kolesnick (2010), Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
  • Dr. Freda Miller (2009), senior scientist in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and professor at the University of Toronto.
  • Dr. Henry Kronenberg (2008), Division Head of Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. Craig Hunter (2007), Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.
  • Dr. George Q. Daley (2006), Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Stem Cell Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. James Allison (2005), Chairman of Immunology and David H. Koch Chair in Immunological Studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


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