The Graduate Student Education Committee seeks to raise the level of awareness of graduate education at McGovern Medical School with the goal of contributing to the long range development of the student and ultimately, the early career researcher. In conjunction with the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Committee fosters and encourages the creation of educational and networking opportunities.

Research Poster Competition


Ashley Hood, Carmen Dessauer, Jeffrey Frost at Poster Competition

 Poster Session Information

The Graduate Student Education Committee Poster session offers students at McGovern Medical School a public forum for presenting their findings and an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their research. It also allows students to see how their research compares to that of their peers in a competitive setting.

Each year, awards are given for projects that demonstrate outstanding and innovative research that has the potential for contributing to the advancement of medical science and health care.


  • One – First place prize: $400
  • Two – Second place prizes: $300
  • Four – Third place prizes: $200


The 2019 GSEC Poster Competition will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:35 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m. during lunch at the annual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat in the Willerson Discovery Hall located at 1825 Pressler, Houston, Texas 77030 in the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building of the Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine.


The deadline for submission (of your 250 word or less abstract) is Friday, September 27, 2019.  GO TO ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM


Poster entries will be evaluated on content and presentation.  Judges will make selections based on the presenters delivery, knowledge and the quality of the research.  Be sure to discuss your project design and  its applicable relevance.  Include any challenges and the future directions of your research.

Maximum exhibit size is 46″ X 70″.  Smaller entries are acceptable.

See Scoring Sheet for Judging Criteria

Order of presentation and judging assignments will be determined at a later date. The presentation may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings, but winning poster entries from previous GSEC competitions will not be accepted.  Each student will give a 10 minute presentation with two additional minutes for questions.  Judges will have 8 minutes to evaluate the student’s presentation.


A registration form must be submitted prior to the abstract submission deadline. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Students may arrive between 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the day before the competition to post their entries in the Discovery Hall. (Pushpins will be provided). If this time slot is not suitable, please make arrangements with the committee coordinator to post your entry.

Competition Guidelines

Participants must arrive promptly at 11:30 a.m. to receive further instructions.

Contestants and Judges will have one hour to eat lunch and prepare for the competition which will begin promptly at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  on October 9, 2019. We encourage participants to attend the entire event. Feel free to browse other posters and answer questions from attendees and faculty, but make certain that you are stationed at your poster at the designated judging time. In an effort to keep the noise to a minimum, please be considerate of the students giving presentations near you.

Winners will be announced at 4:25 p.m. after the keynote address. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me prior to the event. Again, thank you for your participation.

Questions? Contact The Office of Research Affairs at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.