NSRF Participants


58th Annual National Student Research Forum
April 19 - 21, 2017

The National Student Research Forum is held annually on the University of Texas Medical Branch campus in Galveston, TX. The National Student Research Forum is organized and run by students for the discussion of student research papers in a scientific atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you this year at the NSRF.

2016 NSRF Award Winners posted: Click Here to view

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Dear Doctors, Friends and Colleagues:

We cordially invite you to participate in the 58th Annual National Student Research Forum (NSRF). This year's forum will feature student research excellence from across the country and abroad, and provides the culmination of three premiere regional student research forums. The Forum is held every year on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. This year the NSRF will start Wednesday, April 19, 2017 with an exciting kickoff party and will continue through the awards banquet on Friday April 21, 2017. Scientific presentations will begin the morning of Thursday, April 20 and continue through Friday, April 21.

The NSRF is a meeting that gives medical and graduate students as well as interns and residents the opportunity to present their biomedical research. Presentations may include research in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, or medical humanities, on work that is completed or in progress, but that has not been published prior to abstract submission. The NSRF offers an excellent opportunity for participants to receive critical review and recognition of their research by their peers and established scientists. Presentations include either poster presentations or oral presentations with accompanying manuscripts. Participants also have the opportunity to participate for more than 30 different categorical and overall awards.

Over the past fifty years, the NSRF has grown from a small regional meeting to a nationally respected assembly of young scientists. Originating in 1960 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, the first Forum had participants from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Last year students from schools throughout the U.S. and internationally were at the NSRF and over 150 abstracts were presented. The 58th Annual National Student Research Forum will prove to be more rewarding than ever. The University of Texas Medical Branch provides primary funding for the meeting. For more information and to submit your abstract and application, visit our website at www.utmb.edu/nsrf. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 17, 2017. We hope to see you in April 2017!

2017 NSRF Co-Directors

2017 Faculty Advisor
Jeffrey Rabek, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

2017 Coordinator
Malinda Farmer

Important Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: Midnight, March 15, 2017
  • Participant Notification by March 19, 2017
  • Manuscript Deadline: Midnight, April 1, 2017
  • Postmark of Registration Forms and Fees: March 19, 2017
  • Osler Essay Contest Due: April 1, 2017
  • NSRF Forum: April 19-21, 2017
  • Welcome Party at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort – Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Hospitality Suite at the Hilton, Open Thursday after the events following the Forum, April 20, 2017

General Information

Who is eligible to attend the forum?

All graduate students, medical students and residents doing biomedical research are encouraged to submit abstracts. Mentors interested in participating are encouraged to contact us about judging opportunities.

What is the NSRF?

The primary purpose of the National Student Research Forum is to provide a national scientific assembly, planned and managed by students for the presentation of research by medical students, graduate students, interns, and residents in the biomedical sciences, medical humanities, and public health. The Forum provides an opportunity for young biomedical scientists to receive critical analysis and recognition of their research efforts from established scientists.

When is the NSRF?

The NSRF is scheduled on April 19-21, 2017 in Galveston, Texas. Activities begin with a casual poolside reception on Wednesday evening the night before. Oral and poster presentations take place on Thursday and Friday, a bench-to-beside panel discussion is planned during Friday's lunch. The final event is an awards banquet Friday evening at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort.

Where is the NSRF held?

The NSRF is hosted at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort in Galveston, Texas, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Houston. For more information about Galveston Island: www.galveston.com

Why you should attend the NSRF?

You should attend the NSRF to receive critical feedback on your research. You should also attend to network with research faculty and other students who are conducting biomedical research like yourself. And you should attend to compete for some of the $9,000 in prize money that will be awarded this year!

How do I apply to the NSRF?

  1. Submit an abstract with your as yet unpublished research by March 17, 2017 online. (For more details go to Rules for submission of abstracts.)
  2. Wait. Once your abstract has been reviewed and accepted, we will contact you by March 28, 2017.
  3. Return the registration form found in the participant packet along with $125 U.S.D. to the above address by March 17, 2017.
  4. GET READY!! Only those abstracts chosen for oral presentation require a prepared manuscript. Instructions for abstract, poster and manuscript preparation are included with the participant packet.