Science Day

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

2020 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Posters will be hung in the Commodore Ballroom from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Science Day activities will include a keynote address, two poster sessions, presentations by notable poster presenters, as well as lunch and a closing wine and cheese reception. More information will be posted on this page as it is available.

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.

Poster Sessions:

More than 100 posters will be presented by 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 poster presenters (first authors) become VKC Affiliates and are eligible to compete for VKC travel awards to present at a scientific or professional conference in the next year. Posters presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission.

Important Dates to Remember:

The Call for Posters AND registration to attend Science Day will open on MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020.

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

  • The submission deadline for poster presenters wishing to compete for an award is 11:59 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2020. 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 1 to July 31. 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 poster abstracts is 11:59 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020. The submission portal will close after that time, and no additional posters 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, 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 travel 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.

Science Day Committee theme chairs will also be choosing the top abstract submitted in each of their themes and allow the presenter 15 minutes (12 minute presentation, 3 minutes Q&A) to share their research with Science Day attendees after the poster sessions have concluded. During this presentation time, judges' scores will be tallied and Science Day prize winners will be determined.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Turner