Research Symposium


LMSA Midwest Conference Poster Session
The poster session is a wonderful opportunity for medical students to showcase their research, and also an opportunity to compete for our Poster Session Awards.



1) Research must have been done while in medical, dental, or graduate school (for MD/PhD and joint degree Master’s students) with the exception of 1st year medical and dental students (who can use undergraduate research for their posters).

2) Must register for and attend the 2012 LMSA Regional Conference at the Instituto Progreso Latino in Chicago, IL on March 24th to the 25th. This includes being present to participate in the poster session, including setting up your poster during specified times in advance of the session opening to attendees (standard size poster panels will be provided, please bring your own tacks/push pins).

3) Have completed your project or have sufficient data collected to write a complete abstract, including the results and conclusion sections.



A judging panel composed of faculty members, physicians and LMSA E-board members will award the 3 best poster presentations. The judging criteria is attached. There will be First, Second and Third place awards, amounts TBA.


Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than 375 words and follow a standard format (background, methods, results, and conclusion). No charts, graphs, or figures will be allowed for abstract submission. Only completed abstracts will be considered. Ethical considerations for subjects should be mentioned, if applicable. Be sure to include your full name, medical school, year, and email/contact info in your submission. We are recommending that the poster is 36 x 48 but if you have printed a poster of a different size for a different purpose please let me know, you might be able to re-use it.


Abstracts are due by March 1st, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Please submit your abstracts to this Submission Form and email Lety Flores at  with any questions.


Additional Resources:

  • Some schools have powerpoint templates available for research, you can google “name of school + powerpoint template + research poster” to find these templates. You can also find the logo of your school with a similar search, make sure you read your institution’s correct usage of logo information before you add it to your poster.
  • Here is a template site you might find useful to see different ways to organize your poster.
    • If you would like to read more through descriptions of what make s a good poster you can read this Outside Rubric, but keep in mind that this is NOT the rubric we will use to review the posters, just a more thorough description.
  • We recommend that you talk to your PI or department to get funding to print your poster. You can also talk to your diversity office to find more options for funding.

Once again, please remember that abstracts are due by March 1, 2012 at 11:59pm (Central Time). Please submit your abstracts to this Submission Form and email Lety Flores at  with any questions.