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2017 Medical Student Research Day

The 32nd Annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) is Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 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 and the Maya Angelou Summer 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, Monday, August 28, 2017. All MSRD participants must fill out this form.

» Intent to Exhibit Form


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.

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

Abstract must be submitted by end of day, Monday, September 11, 2017.

» 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.) to print the MSRD posters. Everything you need to know about designing and printing your poster can be found on the Creative Communications MSRD web page


From the above link you can:

  • Download the PPT template for MSRD
  • Learn more about the poster submission and printing process
  • Read their PPT poster tip sheet if you need help
  • Submit your poster online

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

Your poster must be submitted for printing to Creative Communications by end of day, Monday, September 25, 2017. 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.

Posters submitted past the deadline may 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 36 inches tall by 48 inches wide. 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 the link above to download the template.

If you have a printed poster from a previous meeting or you did your research at another institution, and it is 36x48, then you may use it. If it is not 36x48, 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 2017 Medical Student Research Program or the 2017 Maya Angelou Summer 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 for your poster. When you submit your poster, enter “MSRD” when asked for the chartfield.

If you are not a participant in one of the two programs, then you must make other arrangements to pay for your poster. The total cost for printing a 36x48 poster on fabric and a cardboard poster tube is $29.45. 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. The total cost for printing a 36x48 poster on fabric and a cardboard poster tube is $29.45. Creative Communications can take MasterCard and Visa as a form of payment.

Posters submitted past the deadline may 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 a few days before the deadlines listed below.

Intent to Exhibit: Monday, September 4

Submit Abstract: Monday, September 11

Submit Poster: Monday, September 25

Medical Student Research Day: Wednesday, October 4