Emory University Laney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium

Open to students interested in a PhD or MD/PhD, PREP, or Postdoctoral Fellow positions.

September 18-20, 2016

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.

A second application deadline of August 1, 2016 is exclusively available to students who are starting their first research experience during the summer of 2016. The second deadline date is meant to give these students an opportunity to apply after their initial research experience. 

About the STEM Symposium

Convened and organized by Laney Graduate School, the symposium will bring faculty advisors and their students from diverse backgrounds to the Emory campus for two days of shared research presentations and for networking, mentoring, and recruitment. Participants will include outstanding undergraduates intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree and graduate students seeking postdoctoral opportunities. Faculty advisors are also encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities Emory offers.

Students are required to submit abstracts of their research for review by a selection committee of Emory training faculty from STEM-related programs, including those doctoral programs that align with the MD/PhD program. A wide breadth of abstract categories are covered (see STEM Symposium Brochure at right for details). Ten students will be selected to give oral presentations, and all others will present their research in a poster session.

There will be ample opportunity to meet with faculty and students of the participating programs, including training grants programs. Breakout sessions will cover topics relevant to students at this stage of their careers and advisors of such students.

Trainees from diverse backgrounds (to include ethnicity, race, economic status, disability, educational experience, first generation status, and in some cases, gender) are eligible to apply for diversity travel awards that will provide for travel and housing for the student and possibly her/his advisor.  

All meals are covered.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Emory Conference Center

Time Session Location
4:00-6:00pm Registration   Great Hearth/Lobby
6:00-8:00pm Welcome Reception                Great Hearth/Lobby

Monday, September 19, 2016 - Emory Conference Center

Time Session Location
8:00-9:00am Registration Emory Ampitheatre Foyer
8:00-8:45am Continental Breakfast Emory Break Area
9:00-9:45am Keynote Speaker Emory Ampitheatre
10:00-11:15am Student Oral Presentations 1 Emory Ampitheatre
11:20am Break
11:45-1:00pm Poster Session 1 Lullwater 

Lunch with Programs in area of interest


3:00-4:15pm Poster Session 2 Lullwater
4:30-5:45pm Student Oral Presentations 2 Emory Ampitheatre
6:30-8:30pm Dinner with Speaker Salons 1-3

Social Event (Bowling and Pool); Mix and

Mingle with Emory Students, Postdocs and Faculty

Wisteria Lanes

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Conference Center and Emory Campus

Time Session Location
8:00-8:45am Continental Breakfast Cox Hall

Professional Development Breakout Session, 4 Concurrent

Cox Hall

Professional Development Breakout Session, 4 Concurrent

Cox Hall

Tours for Prospective Students 


Roud Table Discussion with Emory Faculty for Advisors (with lunch)

Hotel Dining Room
12:30pm Lunch and Departure for Students Cox Hall


Application Deadlines

The application will open on February 1, 2016.

The primary application deadline is May 1, 2016.

The second application deadline is August 1, 2016.

Co-Sponsors and Participants (2015)

  • Office of the Provost
  • School of Medicine
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Emory College of Arts & Sciences
  • Office of Postdoctoral Education
  • Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program 
  • Graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Psychology and the Public Health Sciences
  • Emory Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities: University Partnerships

General Inquiries


2016 Chair and Co-Chair

Dr. Edward T. Morgan (Chair)
Molecular and Systems Pharmacology, GDBBS


Dr. James Kindt (Co-Chair)


Publications (from 2015)

STEM Symposium Brochure (2015)

STEM Symposium Program and Abstract Book (2015)