Science Day

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

2021 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place virtually on Friday, Nov. 5, beginning at 11:45 a.m. over Zoom. Science Day activities will include a keynote address, Data Blitz presentations, and research presentations modified for an online format. More information will be posted on this page as it is available.

The Call for Abstracts and attendee registration for 2021 Virtual VKC Science Day are now open!

Click here to submit an abstract.

Please make a note of the submission deadlines below when preparing your abstract and registering to participate in Science Day.

Register to attend 2021 Virtual VKC Science Day,

Registration is required to receive the Zoom connection link. ***Note: Those who submit an abstract will be forwarded from the REDCap page to the VKC registration page after they submit their work.***

Science Day goals

  • Promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum.
  • Provide an opportunity to present significant research findings.
  • Encourage research collaboration.

A Tradition With Innovation

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has more than 300 faculty researchers, staff, and affiliate members working together across disciplines to create basic and clinical scientific discoveries, to translate research into best practices, and to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners. The ultimate goal is to make positive differences in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Modified Pre-Recorded Research Presentations, Live Breakout Sessions, and Prizes:

Abstracts for research presentations will be accepted from undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research faculty, and research staff conducting research in labs or research programs of VKC members and investigators. Prizes will be awarded among undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows for best research poster in each of the following research themes:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research
  • Systems Neuroscience

In addition, all presenters (first authors) become VKC Affiliates and are eligible to compete for VKC travel/professional development awards to present at a scientific or professional conference in the next year or to promote future research through trainings or further professional development. Research presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission.

For 2021: Science Day has moved to an online format this year. Participants will still submit abstracts for review as usual, but instead of a physical poster, accepted Science Day participants will be asked to share their research through a pre-recorded Zoom presentation (3-5 MINUTES TOTAL), with or without PowerPoint slides, and a digital poster (PDF) file. Instructions on recording, uploading, and sharing will be sent to accepted presenters after the submission deadline. Videos and poster PDFs will be sent to assigned faculty judges to view, consult with the presenter, and score before Science Day on Nov. 5. Judges who are assigned to each poster will be varied among their fields of research -- judges will not be assigned based on subject matter of the posters -- so scores will be issued on overall presentation of the material. Presenters: it's your mission to make your presentations interesting, understandable, and accessible to everyone -- it will be part of the scoring system.

In addition to the pre-recorded portion of Science Day, presenters will have the ability to participate in one of four consecutive rounds of 30-minute live chat sessions, where presenters will be assigned to breakout rooms based on poster topic. Presenters will be asked to discuss their poster round-robin style among their fellow presenters and with guests who pop into the rooms.

There will be multiple prize opportunities for presenters outside of the those listed above. Stay tuned for more specifics soon!

2021 Data Blitz Participation:

The 2021 Science Day Committee will review all the competing abstracts submitted and will select two of the best abstracts from each of the three research themes to present as part of this year's Science Day Data Blitz. Each selected presenter will have 3-5 minutes to share their research, with time for Q/A.

Important Dates to Remember:

The Call for Posters AND registration to participate in 2021 Science Day will open on MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021.

THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2021 VKC SCIENCE DAY IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT. Please make a note of the submission deadlines below when preparing your abstract.

There are two deadlines to consider, depending on whether or not a presenter wants to be eligible for prize/Data Blitz consideration.

  • The submission deadline for presenters wishing to compete for an award and Data Blitz presentation time slot is 11:59 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021. Submissions received after that deadline may still present at Science Day but will not be considered for competition. NOTE: All presenters have the option to opt out of competition from June 28 to July 30. You do not have to wait to submit if you do not want to participate in the competition.
  • The submission deadline for ALL Science Day abstracts is 11:59 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2021. The submission portal will close after that time, and no additional abstracts will be accepted.

There is a 425-word limit for all abstracts, and there are pre-divided sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. NOTE: Some Greek symbols will not translate from REDCap to Word or PDF.

Out of those who choose to compete, up to seven winners will be chosen: one graduate and postdoctoral presenter from each of the three themes (Systems Neuroscience; Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience; and Clinical, Behavioral, Intervention Research), as well as one overall undergraduate presenter. In addition to the $250 VKC professional development award they're eligible to receive by presenting at Science Day, prize winners can choose between a $250 cash prize or an additional $250 Warren Lambert Travel Award to present their research at a scientic meeting during the year.

In addition, prizes will be awarded to three presenters in the following categories:

  • Best Interdisciplinary/Cross-Lab Research
  • Best Plain Language Presentation
  • Best Research on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Register to attend

Abstract submission does not mean that you are registered to participate in Science Day. Advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link for Science Day. Registration will open on June 28 and will close on WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3. Thank you.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Turner