1. The competition is open to all degree-seeking UAB graduate students. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which the competition is held. All participants must have data to present. No postdocs will be allowed to compete.

  2. The research project must represent research pursued at UAB and must be under the direction of a member of the UAB Graduate Faculty.

  3. There will be caps to the number of master’s and doctoral students allowed to participate. These limits will be strictly enforced and will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible participants.

  4. The presentations are oral (no posters). Computers (pre-loaded with the presentations that must be PC-compatible 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each session) and video projectors will be provided.

  5. Each participant will be limited to 10 slides in total (title and acknowledgements slides are not included in the 10 slide limit), 10 minutes for presentation, and 5 additional minutes for questions and answers (no interruptions during the presentation will be allowed). A moderator will enforce both of these time limits strictly. These time limits underscores the importance of practicing your presentation.

  6. The student presenter must follow principles of responsible conduct of research.

  7. To register to be a presenter, students must use the Participant Information Form available on the GSRD homepage, www.uab.edu/graduate/researchday, and must submit the form electronically by clicking the rectangle on the bottom of the page labeled "SUBMIT." The research narrative must be summarized in 100 words or fewer. The absolute deadline for submitting this form is Sunday, February 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

  8. The entire Participant Information Form must be filled out completely before clicking the "SUBMIT" button. Students’ mentors should be aware of a student’s intention to participate and if you are accepted into the competition, your mentor will be notified of your form submission.

  9. Each presenter will be judged by the other participants in the session. Therefore, all participants in each session must be present for the entire session in order to provide honest, professional, and constructive feedback.

  10. Students will be immediately disqualified for the following reasons:
    1. Treating fellow student participants or Graduate School personnel in a non-professional way when uploading your presentation or during the competition
    2. Failure to provide feedback to or ranking of fellow participants
    3. Exceeding the slide limit
    4. Being disruptive during or between presentations (repeatedly entering and leaving; talking, etc.)
  11. If you are disqualified for any reason, your mentor/advisor and program director will be notified.

  12. Where multiple people are involved in the research, the student must acknowledge them at the end of the presentation. The acknowledgements slide will not be counted among the 10-slide limit.

  13. An application to participate implies that any required IRB or IACUC approval has been received.

  14. Co-presentations will not be allowed.

  15. First and second place certificates will be awarded for each session. Ties will be honored.

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