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Graduate Student Research Forum

A scientific image shows the olfactory bulbs and olfactory epithelium of a mouse.

Brandon LaFever, a second-year Neuroscience PhD student, created the winning art to be used to promote the 2020 Forum.

The Graduate Student Research Forum is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Penn State College of Medicine.

The primary goal of the Forum is to promote interaction and the exchange of ideas between students, faculty and alumni.

The Forum introduces students to the format generally used at scientific meetings, and it provides an opportunity to recognize excellence in graduate research at Penn State College of Medicine.

Forum 2020 was held March 6

As part of the Graduate Student Research Forum, student lectures and poster presentations will take place, as well as a speaker presentation.

The Graduate Student Research Forum Endowed Fund helps to elevate Forum each year through assisting with costs associated with invited keynote speaker travel needs and equipment such as presentation panel rentals.

Anyone can help support Forum through giving.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • 3:30 p.m. | Reception
    Lecture Room B
  • 4 p.m. | Forum Research Seminar – Lecture Room B
    Big Data, Open Data: What is It? How Will It Help Me to Understand the Brain?
    Dr. Jane Roskams
    Professor of Neuroscience Life Sciences Centre and Center for Brain Health University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Professor, Neurosurgery University of Washington – School of Medicine, Seattle

Friday, March 6, 2020

  • 8 a.m. | Registration and breakfast
    Hallway outside C3621, 3rd floor
  • 8:30 a.m. | Opening remarks
    Lecture Room A
  • 8:45 a.m. | Oral Session 1: Four presentations
    Lecture Room A
  • 10 a.m. | Poster Session 1
  • 11 a.m. | Oral Session 2: Four presentations
    Lecture Room A
  • 12:15 p.m. | Lunch
    Junker Auditorium
  • 12:45 p.m. | Keynote: If You See A Fork in the Road, Take It — My Journey Into the World of Open Data
    Dr. Jayne Roskams
    Junker Auditorium
  • 1:45 p.m. | Poster Session 2
  • 2:45 p.m. | Oral Session 3: Four presentations
    Lecture Room A
  • 4 p.m. | Poster Session 3
  • 6 p.m. | Forum Reception
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Forum organizers encourage out-of-town guests to reserve a room early, as the Hershey area is a popular destination throughout the year.

See local lodging options on Google Maps or email Kathy Simon at for more information.