Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Competition

The Virtual Graduate Student Education Committee Poster (GSEC) 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 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 2021 Virtual GSEC Poster Competition will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Virtual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat from 12:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. via WebEx. Links to the live competition will be forthcoming.

The deadline for submission of your 3,500 character or less (including spaces) abstract is Friday, February 19, 2021. 


Selection of Finalists

Faculty members of the Graduate Student Education Committee will judge all abstracts received and select the top seven finalists to present their work at the Virtual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Each of these seven finalists will present their posters at the live event and will receive prizes. The announcement of the seven finalists will be made the week of February 22, 2021.

All students who submit an abstract and are not selected as a finalist are encouraged to participate in the poster session by sharing their posters via WebEx in a breakout session at the retreat. Attendees can visit your poster, learn more about your research and ask questions. Instructions on creating your breakout session will also be distributed the week of February 22, 2021.


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

See Scoring Sheet for Judging Criteria

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 presentation will be 15 minutes long, allowing 10 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for judge and audience questions. 

Winners will be announced at 3:55 p.m. following the Breakthrough Discovery Symposium II. If you have questions or concerns, please contact prior to the event. Again, thank you for your participation.




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