Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Competition

Poster Session Information

The Graduate Student Education Committee Poster session offers MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) students conducting their research in laboratories 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 work compares to that of their peers in a competitive setting.

Each year GSBS students are awarded 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 2024 GSEC Poster Competition is on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, during lunch at the annual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat from 12:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 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 3,500 characters or less abstract) is Friday, February 16, 2024. 

Abstracts must be uploaded as .doc or.docx files.  If you have trouble uploading your presentations, please contact



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

The 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 five additional minutes for questions. Judges will have 5 minutes to evaluate the student’s presentation.


Students may arrive between 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024, 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

Contestants and Judges must arrive promptly at 12:35 p.m. to receive further instructions. 

Contestants and judges will have 30 minutes to eat lunch before the competition begins at 1:05 p.m.

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.  

Please keep the noise to a minimum and be considerate of the other students giving presentations near you.

Winners will be announced at 3:55 p.m. following the Breakthrough Discovery Symposium II.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact before the event. Again, thank you for your participation.


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