4th Annual Department of Neuroscience Research Day

Friday, May 3, 2024, 8am-5pm, First Floor Biomedical Research Tower

Abstracts due March 8
Poster and Talks selected by April 5

The Department of Neuroscience Research Day is an annual event held each spring and features posters from trainees and staff, faculty presentations, and a keynote address by a world-renowned researcher in the field of neuroscience. Faculty members judge poster presentations and travel awards are given to the highest-scoring trainees.

Research Day also presents an opportunity for colleagues to learn about the cutting-edge research occurring at Ohio State. Faculty judges review poster presentations and make the final selections for the awards. Research Day concludes with a late afternoon reception followed by a presentation of awards for outstanding research projects.

2024 Keynote Speaker 

Kira Poskanzer

Kira Poskanzer, PhD
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco

The Poskanzer lab is in the Biochemistry & Biophysics Department at UCSF and studies the physiology of astrocytes and neurons in mammalian cortical microcircuits. They use multiphoton microscopy and electrophysiology to investigate how astrocytes and neurons communicate with each other at cellular and circuit levels.



Registration and Abstract Submission

Be prepared to include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Position (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, staff, faculty)
  3. Title (For poster presenters only)
  4. Abstract (no more than 300 words)

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • You must register for Research Day to submit an abstract
  • Posters must be set up by 8am in BRT on May 3rd
  • Abstract: no more than 300 words describing (a) Purpose of the study; (b) Research methods; (c) Results or predicted results; and (d) Implications
  • Abstracts will be judged on the above categories as well as the quality of the experimental design.
  • Top scoring abstracts will be selected for talks. Individuals selected for talks will also present a poster.
  • Awards will be given to the top posters. No awards will be given for selected talks.

Judges Score Sheet for Poster Presentations

A scale of 1-7 will be used and the scoring range will be from lacks merit (1) to superior (7). 


  • Organization/Topic Development: Visuals and text are easy to follow and organized. Explains material, answers questions in concise and clear manner.
  • Methods: Techniques are reasonable, appropriate, and clear.
  • Results: Reasonable for techniques employed, logical, clear.
  • Conclusions/Impact: Supported by results, logical, clear. Increases understanding.
  • Delivery: Quality of overall presentation, effective use of visual aids. 


Poster awards will be given to the top scoring undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and research staff.