National Student Research Forum
National Student Research Forum

61st Annual National Student Research Forum to be held at the new UTMB Health Education Center Building

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61st Annual National Student Research Forum
April 24th, 2020

The National Student Research Forum is held annually on the University of Texas Medical Branch campus in Galveston, Texas. The National Student Research Forum is organized and run by students for the discussion of student research papers in a scientific atmosphere.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael P. Sheetz

Dr. Michael P. SheetzDr. Michael Sheetz is a pioneer in the field of mechanobiology, the study of how cells sense their external environment. Ongoing motor proteins research from his laboratory has had widespread implications in how we fundamentally understand cancer and tissue regeneration. He received the Lasker Award in 2012 for his role in the discovery of kinesin. After serving as the founding director of the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore for a decade, Dr. Sheetz moved to Galveston, Texas, in 2019 to found the Molecular Mechanomedicine Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dear Doctors, Friends and Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in the 61th 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 Friday, April 24, 2020 beginning with morning registration and scientific presentations and will continue throughout the evening with an awards banquet. A social meet and greet will be held from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health Education Center.

The NSRF is a meeting that gives medical, dental, ophthalmology, pharmacy, 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. Participants also have the opportunity to participate for more than 30 different categorical and overall awards.

Over the past sixty-one 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 61th 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 The abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2020. We hope to see you on April 24, 2020!


2020 NSRF Co-Directors

2020 Faculty Advisor
M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

2020 Coordinator
Claiborne Fant & Christopher Rhodes

Who is eligible to attend the forum?

All graduate students, medical, dental, ophthalmology, and pharmacy students and residents doing biomedical research are encouraged to submit abstracts. Mentors interested in participating are encouraged to contact us about judging opportunities. If you would like to volunteer, please email

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, dental students, pharmacy students, ophthalmology 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 24, 2020 in Galveston, Texas. Activities begin with a social meet and greet on Thursday evening. Oral and poster presentations take place on Friday. A panel discussion is planned during Friday's lunch session and Dr. Michael Sheetz will be giving the keynote speech from 3-4pm. The final event is an awards banquet Friday evening at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health Education Center (HEC).

Where is the NSRF held?

The NSRF is hosted at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health Education Center (HEC) in Galveston, Texas, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Houston. For more information about the HEC:

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. Deadline: March 1, 2020. Submit an abstract with your as yet unpublished research by March 1, 2020 online. (For more details go to Rules for submission of abstracts.)
  2. Submit registration form found in the quick links and pay the $125 U.S.D. through the online payment system by March 1, 2020 for the early bird discount ($125) or by March 15, 2020 for the regular registration fee ($150.)
  3. GET READY!! Instructions for abstracts and posters are included with the participant packet.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Open: February 1, 2020
  • Abstract Deadline: Midnight, March 1, 2020
  • Early Bird Registration Fee ($125): March 1, 2020
  • Oral Presentation Slide Submission Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Registration Fee Deadline ($150): March 15, 2020
  • Osler Essay Contest Due: Midnight, April 1, 2020
  • NSRF Forum: Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Social Meet and Greet: 6-8pm, Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ticket Information

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $125
  • Registration Fee (After March 1, 2020): $150
  • Guest Fee: $30