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 poster presentations.

At the end of the day, there is a keynote address by an invited speaker.

GSRD 2017 is set for Monday, June 26, 2017.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark H. Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego. His talk at Noon in the Academic Rotunda will be “Stem Cells in Spinal Cord Injury: Mechanism to Translation.”

Last year, GSRD was held on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Read more about the day here.

Previous Year’s Info: Schedule of Events: 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Poster Session Setup
Location: Keller Lobby
9:30 a.m.
Poster Session

Location: Keller Lobby
11:30 a.m.
Graduate Student Lunch (RSVP required!)
Location Center Courtyard (rain location: back of Cafeteria)
12:40 p.m.
Opening Remarks
Location: Low Learning Center
1:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Location: Low Learning Center

12:45 pm: Clifford Locke, Cell Analysis & Modeling
1:00 pm: Stavros Kopsiaftis, Cell Biology
1:15 pm: Huankang Huang, Genetics & Developmental Biology
1:30 pm: Sarah Benjamin, Immunology
1:45 pm: Nicole Blanchette, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
2:00 pm: James Fink, Neuroscience
2:15 pm: Avi Doan, Public Health
2:30 pm: Aja Aravamudhan, Skeletal Biology & Regeneration
2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
2015-16 Lepow Award Recipient Presentation: Ms. Dhivya Kumar

Location: Low Learning Center
3:20 p.m.

Location: Low Learning Center
Introduction of 2016-17 GSO Officers
2016-17 Lepow Award Winner
2016 Raisz Award Winner
2016 Edward G. Henderson Memorial Prize Winner
2016 Osborn Biomedical Science Graduate Teaching Award Winner
Poster and Oral Presentation Award Winners
3:35 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Keynote Address: Dr. Deborah Hogan
Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
Location: Low Learning Center

Microbiology Among Friends: Microbial Interactions in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infections
5:30 p.m. Student Dinner with Dr. Hogan at Cugino’s  (RSVP required!)

Graduate Student Poster Session and Contest Rules

At this time, the GSO is asking for abstract submissions for posters for this event. The poster session will be held on Thursday, June 9th, with set up at 9:00 AM and the session taking place at 9:30 AM in the Keller Lobby. Beyond being a venue to present your research, there will also be a poster contest with a cash prize for those posters which best fit the following criteria:

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

Abstracts are due by TBA. (Any abstract submitted after the announced date will not be included in the event’s booklet nor given wall space to be posted)

Abstract formatting rules:

  • Title of the poster: left justified.
  • Authors of the poster: full first and last names, left justified, with presenting author(s) underlined.
  • Author’s Department: list department and institution for authors, italicized
  • Your poster abstract: text should be justified.
  • Format: single-spaced, Arial font, size 11; abstract is not to exceed 300 words
  • Save your abstract as a Word document, naming it: (your last name) Abstract (for example: “Smith Abstract”).
  • View a sample abstract.

Once completed, attach your Word document to an email and send to Dorothy Linnhoff ( by TBA.

In the body of your email, alert us as to whether or not you want to participate in the poster contest (if you do not state this in the email body, you will not be included in the contest).

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.

Area of Concentration Oral Presentations

Faculty from each area of concentration will choose a representative student from their respective disciplines. Each presenter will have approximately 10 minutes to present their work during the morning presentations.

The oral presentation by the 2017 Lepow Award recipient, Mr. Joseph Ryan (MD.Ph.D. student, PI: Dr. Adam Adler and Dr. Anthony Vella; Immunology Area of Concentration), will follow the poster session.

Keynote Speaker: 2017

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Mark H. Tuszynski (Director, Center of Neural Repair, Professor, Department of Neurosciences, University of California-San Diego).

Graduate Student Dinner with Dr. Tuszynski (RSVP required)

All UConn Health Graduate School students are invited to a dinner with Dr. Tuszynski at Cugino’s. Space is limited; a sign up link will be emailed to graduate students.

Previous Guest Speakers

Previous speakers from recent years include:

  • Dr. Deborah Hogan (2016), Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth.
  • 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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