STEM Research and Career 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. This symposium is for students whose primary interest is pursuing a doctoral degree in the biomedical, biological, behavioral, or natural sciences and public health. Students whose primary interest is in attending medical school should not apply. Participants will include outstanding students intending to pursue the PhD or MD/PhD degree. 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 based on NIH definitions (to include ethnicity, race, and disability) can apply for diversity travel awards that will provide for travel and housing for the student and possibly her/his advisor. Other factors such as veteran status and gender (in certain programs) may also be considered.

All meals are covered.

September 30, 2018 - Emory Conference Center




2-5pm Registration Great Hearth/Lobby
2-4:30pm Session: Is graduate school for you? Drawing Room
5-6pm Introduction and opening speaker Emory Amphitheatre
6-8pm Welcome reception Great Hearth/Lobby
8-10pm Social and networking activities Hickory

October 1, 2018 - Emory Conference Center




8-9am Registration Emory Amphitheatre Foyer
8-8:45am Continental breakfast Emory Break Area
9-10:15am Student Oral Presentations 1 Emory Amphitheatre
10:15-10:30am Break and poster setup 
10:30-12pm Poster Session 1 Lullwater
12-12:15pm Break and poster removal
12:15-2:15pm Lunch with Emory program representatives  Silverbell, Dogwood
2:15-2:30pm Break and poster setup
2:30-4pm Poster Session 2 Lullwater
4-4:15pm Break and poster removal
4:15-5:30pm Student Oral Presentations 2 Emory Amphitheatre
7-9pm Dinner with keynote speaker Lullwater
9-12:00am Social event; mix and mingle Wisteria Lanes

October 2, 2018 - Emory Conference Center and Emory Campus




8-9:30am Breakfast School of Medicine
9:30-11am Campus tours  Departing from the School of Medicine and returning to Cox Hall
11:10-12:10pm Professional Development Breakout Session 1 (select 1 of 4 concurrent sessions) Cox Hall
12:10-12:25pm Lunch pickup
12-1:20pm Professional Development Breakout Session 2 (select 1 of 4 concurrent sessions) Cox Hall
12-1:20pm Round table discussion for advisors and Emory faculty  Conference Center Drawing Room
1:30pm Departure Cox Hall

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Participating in the 2018 STEM Research and Career Symposium? Get the app to view session details, abstracts and more!

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More Information

Click here for the 2018 Brochure where you will find a preview of keynote speakers, the planned program, and more!

Click here to view the slides of several 2017 Symposium speakers, including a keynote address and three from our professional development presentations. 

General Inquiries

Laney Contact

Amanda Marie James