Translational Medicine Symposium research graduate student poster competition ends Feb. 22

Jan. 30, 2024

College of Medicine – Tucson

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from biomedical disciplines across the University of Arizona Health Sciences are invited to submit a research abstract to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Translational Medicine Symposium Research Poster Competition.

Translational research is focused on advancing preclinical discoveries into human health applications. Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student/postdoc as part of their graduate or postgraduate education are eligible for submission. A $1,000 prize will be awarded for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Abstract guidelines and eligibility requirements are available below. Submissions will be reviewed by delegates from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Those selected for the poster competition will be notified by March 1 and must prepare a paper/fabric poster no larger than 36" x 48". If you are selected, please ensure that your poster meets the size requirements.

UArizona faculty will judge the poster presentations and select three overall winners to receive cash prizes. Students will have up to five minutes to present their posters in-person at the Translational Medicine Symposium on March 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



  • Current University of Arizona graduate students and postdocs.
  • Must be available to hang poster in the HSIB on March 22, 2024 from 7:15-8 a.m., present from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and be present at the awards ceremony from 1:45-2:00 p.m.
  • Posters should be based on any basic or applied research conducted as part of the presenter’s graduate education in the fields of biological and biomedical sciences, cancer biology, immunobiology, cellular and molecular medicine, medical pharmacology, neuroscience, physiological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, and genetics.
  • Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
  • Only 1 poster/abstract is permitted for each participant.

Abstract Guidelines:

  • Abstracts cannot exceed 250 words and should briefly describe the research.
    • Provide brief description of significance of the research question or problem.
    • Include a background statement if it is needed to understand the abstract. The background should be no more than one or two sentences.
    • Describe what data, methodology or innovative techniques you used in your study.
    • Clearly describe the key preliminary/final results of the research.
    • Explain how these results could be used to address a real-world problem or contribute to future research in your discipline.

Competition Overview:

The poster competition will be held in person on March 22. On the day of the event, students can hang their posters from 7:15 to 8 a.m. Judges will score posters and ask questions during the lunch period of the Symposium from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Student competitors are strongly encouraged to stand next to their posters during that time to provide a brief summary of their work (two-minute description) and answer questions. The winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Symposium from 1:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Loren Drake