College of Medicine Research Forum

The College of Medicine Research Forum highlights outstanding biomedical research underway in the college and its partners. Graduate students in the Basic Medical Sciences Ph.D. program and postdoctoral fellows will present their research to the scientific community.

The 2020 COM Research Forum will be a virtual format:

  • Submit your abstract through InfoReady by Nov. 6, 2020.
  • Submit e-posters and oral presentations via email by Dec. 4, 2020.
  • The Virtual 2020 COM Research Forum will be held on Dec. 11, 2020 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exceptional projects and presenters will be highlighted in two categories:

  • Best Graduate Student Presentations (1st, 2nd and 3rd place)
  • Best Postdoctoral Fellow Presentations (1st place)

Cash prizes will be awarded to the finalists in both competitions.

Guidelines for Abstract Preparation and Submission

Carefully follow the instructions below. E-poster titles and abstracts will be submitted in the online program.

  • Abstracts are limited to 400 words and must be submitted through InfoReady.
  • All abstracts should contain the following sections:
    • Background: A brief statement of the study’s objectives
    • Methods: A concise statement of methods
    • Results: A clear presentation of results
    • Conclusions: A closing statement of the study’s conclusions
  • Abstract title must be in bold.
  • List authors and their affiliations using the following format:
          Smith AB1, and Jones CD2
          1Department of XXX; 2Department of YYY.
  • Use font Arial, size 11.
  • Proofread your work carefully before submission.
  • Copy and paste your abstract into the PDF Abstract Form and upload it to your InfoReady submission.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by Nov. 6, 2020.

Oral Presentation and PDF e-Poster

Presenters will prepare and submit a 3-minute oral presentation summarizing their work and a PDF e-poster via email by Dec. 4, 2020. Instructions [PDF] for preparation and submission of these files will be sent to each presenter via email. Oral presentations must include a clear statement of the problem, its significance, a summary of key elements of the research, and main findings. Oral presentations and PDF e-posters will be available for meeting attendees through the Canvas portal.


All BMS graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty of the USA College of Medicine will be automatically registered to the Canvas portal COM Research Forum. Others interested in participating should contact Angie O’Neal ( to access the Canvas portal for this virtual forum.


  • Nov. 6 – Abstract submission deadline.
  • Nov. 20 – Notification with instructions on how to upload e-poster PDF and oral presentation video.
  • Dec. 4 – Deadline to upload final e-poster PDF file and video to Canvas forum portal.
  • Dec. 9-11 – All conference participants will have access through the Canvas portal to abstracts, e-posters, and 3-minute oral presentations.

Questions? Contact Sarah Sayner or Luciana Barnes

USA COM Research Forum Committee

  • Dr. Sarah Sayner, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Luciana Barnes, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Michael Francis
  • Dr. Xiangming Zha