Trainee Research Day 2023

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Trainee Research Day is an event held each spring that features poster presentations, an elevator speech competition, trainee platform speeches and an awards reception. Judging will be performed by faculty, alumni, other friends of Rush, and peers (“People’s Choice”). In addition to highlighting trainee accomplishments, Trainee Research Day presents an opportunity for colleagues and visitors to learn about the cutting edge research occurring at Rush.


Who Can Participate
  • All matriculated students and alumni (graduated students on/or after May 2022)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
  • Clinical Fellows
  • Clinical Residents
  • 2022 Summer Research Program Participants (Non-Rush matriculated students)
Abstract Submission

All trainees must submit their abstracts by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 via this form. Prior to submission, it is recommended that the abstract guidelines be reviewed. Poster acceptances will be notified by early February.

Abstract Guidelines

Review this guide prior to accessing the online abstract submission site:

  • Abstract should be written in a clear, concise, and grammatically correct format.
  • Abstract body (combined fields) cannot exceed 350 words. Abstracts >350 words will be truncated.
Abstract Field Descriptions

Presenting Author: Enter presenting/first author’s name

Co-Authors: Enter the co-authors’ names in the order of contribution or in the order they should appear on the submitted abstract with the presenting/first author listed first.

Affiliation/Institution: List the institution name parenthesis next to appropriate author. Example: Tom Jones (UIC); Mary Meyer (Loyola); and Lisa Silver (U of C0)

Title: Use a short, descriptive title.

Category: Select from the list provided.

Abstract Body: Cannot exceed 350 words. Abstracts >350 words will be truncated.

  • Introduction: The introduction must contain a brief statement of the question, hypothesis, or objective.
    • Outline the background for the problem being studied.
    • Identify the problem.
    • Why do we care about the problem?
    • What scientific gap is the research filling?
    • Define the question, hypothesis, or objective.
  • Methods: Methods, including statistical techniques.
    • A clear, concise description of the methods used including research design and statistical analysis.
    • Human experiments must note approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and informed consent.
    • Animal experiments must note approval of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Results: Essential results, including data, sample size, and statistics.
    • Data aligned with methodology and objectives.
    • Must include at least preliminary data.
  • Conclusions: Place results into context of previous knowledge or literature. Discuss results including limitations within the framework of stated question or hypothesis.
Presenter Information
Oral Presentation Finalists’ Competition
Two trainees from each college will be selected to participate in this session and will be judged by faculty and peers. Final slides are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13. More information to follow.
Poster Presenters
  • All presenters are encouraged to follow the poster guidelines, as space is limited.
  • Posters will need to be displayed between 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. 
  • All presenters must stand by their poster during the Poster Presentation Session on Thursday, March 16 as follows:
    • Odd poster numbers: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Even poster numbers: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Poster Guidelines

Preparing and Printing of Posters

  • Recommended poster template.
  • Maximum (and recommended) poster size is 45” x 45”.
  • Trainees are responsible for printing costs.
  • The cost to print your poster (45” x 45”) at Rush is $70. For more information, contact

Posters Boards

  • A ½ board will be allowed for each poster.
  • Maximum (and recommended) poster size is 45” x 45”.
  • Poster set-up on Wednesday, March 15 between 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Check-In your poster using QR code on your poster card.
  • Posters should be on display on Thursday, March 16 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Elevator Speech Finalists’ Competition

Trainees who wish to participate in the elevator pitch competition will be required to attend two training workshop sessions and produce a video for prejudging. Finalists will present on Trainee Research Day and will be judged by faculty, alumni, other friends of Rush, and peers (“People’s Choice”). An abstract submission is not required to participate. However, to participate in this session please complete this form by February 1.

  • Workshop 1: Thursday, February 9 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Workshop 2: Thursday, February 16 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Prejudging Video Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 23.
  • Awardee Announcement: Thursday, March 2.
Time & Location Sessions
9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room 539 AAC
(15 minute presentations & 5 minute Q&A)
Oral Presentation Finalists’ Competition
9-9:15 a.m.
9:30 - 9:35 am
9:40 - 9:55 a.m.
10 - 10:15 a.m.
10:20 - 10:35 a.m.
10:40 - 10:55 a.m.
11 -11:15 a.m.
11:20 - 11:35 a.m.
11:40 - 11:55 a.m.
12 - 12:15 p.m.
1 - 2 p.m.
Room 539 AAC
(Each elevator speech with be 90 seconds)
Elevator Speeches Finalists’ Competition


2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Searle Conference Center
Poster Presentations 
  • Odd poster numbers: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Even poster numbers: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Room 500, Main Lounge
Award Ceremony Reception


Contact Us

Norma Sandoval, executive assistant, Office of the Vice Provost for Research