Graduate Student Research Forum and Graduate Alumni Dinner

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.

The 2018 Forum is the event’s 30th anniversary, and will take place March 1 and 2, 2018.

For Students

To submit an abstract for Forum, use this online abstract submission form.

Deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 6, 2018.

Students are invited to network with graduate alumni during the Graduate Alumni Dinner and learn about their professional experiences. You will be seated at tables with alumni in career paths that best match your interests. The dinner will be 5:30 p.m. March 1, 2018, at the University Conference Center.

The dinner is free and open to all graduate students, but you must complete the student registration form.

For Alumni

Alumni are invited to participate in a special Graduate Alumni Dinner and to serve as evaluators at Forum. To register as an evaluator or to attend the dinner, complete the alumni registration form.

Deadline for evaluator registration is Feb. 6, 2018.

Deadline for dinner registration is Feb. 20, 2018.

Accommodations

Hotel room blocks have been reserved for out-of-town guests from March 1 to 3, 2018. If making your reservations by telephone, request the Penn State College of Medicine Graduate Alumni Event Rate.

For Faculty and Postdocs

Faculty and postdocs are also invited to evaluate Forum presentations. To register as an evaluator, complete the faculty/postdoc evaluator form.

Deadline for evaluator registration is Feb. 6, 2018.

2018 Schedule

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • 3:30 to 4 p.m., Lecture Room B: Reception
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Lecture Room B: Forum Research Seminar
    “Protecting and Restoring the Blood-Brain Barrier”
    David A. Antonetti, PhD, 1992 Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate and inaugural Forum chair
    Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
    University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • 6 p.m., Graduate Alumni Dinner: Celebrating 30 Years of Scientific Discovery

Friday, March 2, 2018

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m., C3621 Hallway: Breakfast and registration
  • 8:30 to 8:45 a.m., Lecture Room A: Opening remarks
  • 8:45 to 10 a.m., Lecture Room A: First set of oral presentations (four talks)
  • 10 to 11 a.m., C3621: First set of poster presentations
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Lecture Room A: Second set of oral presentations (four talks)
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Junker Auditorium: Lunch
  • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Junker Auditorium: Keynote
    “A Career in Research: Expect the Unexpected
    David A. Antonetti, PhD, 1992 Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate and inaugural Forum chair
    Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
    University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., C3621: Second set of poster presentations
  • 2:45 to 4 p.m., Lecture Room A: Third set of oral presentations (four talks)
  • 4 to 5 p.m., C3621: Third set of poster presentations
  • 6 p.m. to midnight, University Conference Center: Forum reception