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2018 Medical Student Research Day

2018 MSRD - October 10

The 33rd Annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) is Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 12:15 - 4:00 pm. This program was conceived and initiated by medical students to show the faculty and other students the types of research activities carried out by medical students.

Any Wake Forest medical student who has completed a research project during the past year is encouraged to participate. MSRD is a requirement for those who participated in the Medical Student Research Program.

MSRD begins with a keynote address in Babcock Auditorium by a prominent biomedical researcher followed by a poster session in Commons where the students present the results of their research. Posters are judged and prizes are awarded at the closing ceremony.

Six awards are given to medical students with outstanding research posters. These include:

  • Overall - First Prize
  • Overall - Second Prize
  • Overall - Third Prize
  • Translational Science - T1: Bench to Bedside
  • Translational Science - T2: Bedside to Community
  • Meredith Award for Outstanding Health Equity Research

Posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Content
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Scientific approach
  • Depth of knowledge
  • Your role in the research

Intent to Exhibit

If you want to participate, you must declare your intent to exhibit a poster by completing a brief intent to exhibit form by end of day, Friday, August 31, 2018. All MSRD participants must fill out this form.

» Intent to Exhibit Form

Posters submitted for exhibit in the Medical Student Research Day should be research projects. Research is a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Part of the research process involves testing the hypothesis, and then examining the results of these tests as they relate to the hypothesis. In general, quality improvement projects and case studies represent a different kind of scholarship, and this work is better presented in a different setting. If your project is a quality improvement project, the annual Quality Improvement Showcase, held each spring includes a poster session that is the best venue for presenting your work of that nature.


You must submit a research abstract which is a summary of your poster. All abstracts will be compiled in a printed program that will be distributed at MSRD and sent to the judges that have been assigned to review your poster.

Your mentor must review and approve your abstract and poster content prior to submission.

Abstract must be submitted by end of day, Friday, September 14, 2018.

Due to the hurricane, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to noon, Monday, September 17, 2018!

» Abstract Preparation Guidelines and Examples

» Blank Abstract Template

» Abstract Submission Form

Review the Abstract Preparation Guidelines and Examples to learn more about how to create your abstract. Then download and use the Blank Abstract Template to create your abstract. Once your mentor has reviewed and approved your abstract, click on the link above for Abstract Submission Form to submit your abstract.

Poster Submission

MSRD partners with Creative Communications (1st floor, Gray Bldg.) and Printing Services (Ground Floor, Piedmont Plaza One) to print the MSRD posters.

Your mentor must review and approve your final poster prior to submission for printing.

Once your mentor has approved your poster, you need to upload the ready to print poster through the Creative Communications website. http://www.wakehealth.edu/creative Look for the "Send Files to Creative" button on the right side of their home page.

Your ready to print poster must be submitted for to Creative Communications by end of day, Friday, September 28, 2018 Saturday, September 29, 2018. This date is necessary to accommodate the large number of posters for MSRD, and also to allow you time to review your poster proof with your mentor before printing the poster full size.

The PDF poster proof must be approved by end of day, Wednesday, October 3. That includes any revisions made to your poster after the first proof. Limit 1 revision per poster.

Posters submitted past the deadline or PDF proofs approved past the deadline will incur a rush fee that will double the price of the poster. Students are responsible for paying the rush fee.

Poster Guidelines

All MSRD posters must be 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall. No exceptions!

All MSRD posters should be printed on fabric. Be sure to select that option when submitting your poster to Creative Communications for printing.

All MSRD posters should use the MSRD poster template from Creative Communications. Please use this link to download the 48x36 research poster template.

If you have a printed poster from a previous meeting or you did your research at another institution, and it is 48x36, then you may use it. If it is not 48x36, then you must create a new poster at the correct size using the MSRD poster template.

Poster Printing Costs

For all students who participated in the 2018 Medical Student Research Program, the expenses for your poster (printing on fabric and cardboard poster tube) are covered by the program. We have provided a chartfield (account number) to Creative Communications and Printing Services for your poster. When you submit your poster, enter “MSRP” when asked for the chartfield.

If you were not a participant in MSRP, then you must make other arrangements to pay for your poster. Your mentor may be able to pay for the poster printing costs from departmental or grant funds. Talk to your mentor well in advance of submitting your poster for printing so that they can provide you with a chartfield for your poster printing expenses.

You can also pay for the poster out of pocket. Printing Services can take MasterCard or Visa as a form of payment but you will need to go to Printing Services (Ground Floor, Piedmont Plaza One) to pay for and pick up the poster. The cost for a 48 inch by 36 inch poster on fabric is $60.00. Tubes are $3.50. 

All posters charged to a chartfield will be returned to Creative Communications and CTSI will pickup the posters when setting up for MSRD. Students who pay for their own poster will need to deliver the poster to Commons between the hours of 2pm-5pm on Tuesday, October 9.

Posters submitted past the deadline will incur a rush fee that will double the price of the poster. Students are responsible for paying the rush fee.

Questions about Medical Student Research Day should be directed to:

Tom Roth
Education Coordinator
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Wake Forest School of Medicine
p 336.716.8355

MSRD Deadlines - Plan Ahead!

Be sure your mentor will be available to review and approve your abstract and poster prior to the deadlines listed below.

Intent to Exhibit:
Friday, August 31, 2018

Submit Abstract:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018

Submit Poster:
Friday, September 28, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Approve Poster Proof:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Medical Student Research Day:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018