All students, fellows and trainees who are eligible to participate in Research Day are also qualified to take part in the poster competition. Winners of the competition receive a substantial travel award to apply toward the cost of attending a scientific meeting of their choice.
Upon submitting an abstract, each participant will be assigned two judges who will review their posters during a specified time during the Research Day event. Presenters may not submit more than one poster for display.
The judging staff typically comprises OSU Medical Center faculty; however, Battelle researchers and invited keynote speakers have also participated in past years. On the day of the event, the judges will make the rounds, reviewing their assigned posters and completing a score sheet on each. The score sheets, which are based on a given set of criteria, are then tallied and the travel awards given to individuals with the highest scores within each of the six categories -- Graduate Students, Undergraduate students, MD-PhD (Medical Scientist) Students, Medical Students, Postdoctoral Trainees, and Residents/Clinical Fellows.
Travel awards are funded by the generous support of Research Day sponsors, prinicpally Battelle and OSU Health Systems. The award may be used immediately by the award winner to attend a scientific meeting of his or her choice. However, awards may be used to attend only meetings that are held after the date of issuance of the award and within one year of the date of issuance of the award. In addition, the donating organization must be recognized as the source of the travel funds in any of the awardee's presentation materials to be distributed or displayed at the meeting.
Awards may be redeemed by completing and submitting the necessary forms prior to attending the selected meeting. Please see the Travel Award Instructions for more information.