FAQs

As a presenter at Research Days, the answers to these frequently asked questions below may be helpful to you. If you have additional questions, please contact the Research Days organizers by emailing resdays@gwu.edu.

  1. Does my research need to be in progress now?
  2. Can my research be done outside of GW?
  3. Who can serve as my advisor/mentor?
  4. Is my research appropriate to submit?
  5. How will my research be presented?
  6. Am I able to participate in Research Days as a distance education student?
  7. Which day of Research Days will I present (i.e., what day to I fall into)?
  8. How many poster presentations can I be a part of?
  9. If accepted, will my poster and abstract be published or posted online?
  10. What is the benefit of submitting my abstract and/or poster to the Himmelfarb or GW Libraries portal?
  11. Who can attend Research Days?
  12. Who participates in Research Days?
  13. Additional questions?

Does my research need to be in progress now?
Research that is presented should either be in progress now or recently completed. In instances where conclusions are unknown, simply state that research is ongoing. The premise for Research Days is for students to showcase their research and we expect that some will still be completing their work.

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Can my research be done outside of GW?
The work may have been completed outside of GW, but should have been completed during your time here.

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Who can serve as my advisor/mentor?
Your advisor/mentor can be any faculty member that is either working with you or supervising your work. They do not need to be a GW faculty member.  However, this mentor/advisor will need to approve your abstract submission. For a faculty advisor/mentor outside of GW, please provide their name and department/institution. They will receive a notification that you have submitted an abstract at the email address you provide in your submission form.

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Is my research appropriate to submit?
Your GW advisor/mentor should be able to assist you in identifying whether your work is appropriate for submission. In addition to basic and clinical sciences, case studies and creative pieces are often presented at this showcase.

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How will my research be presented?
Your research will be presented via poster – with the option of utilizing additional media on an as-needed  basis. Posters on April 4th (undergraduate and graduate non-medical topics) will be presented during a 3-hour window during which a judging team will review posters and talk with the presenters. If you are not available for the full 3-hour block, a co-presenter may present the poster or the poster will be judged on its own merit.

Presentation times will be different on April 5th (medicine and health topics) and are still being finalized.

Abstract requirements and poster instructions are included on the Research Days website, as are images from last year’s event, which may help you visualize the presentation format.

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Am I able to participate in Research Days as a distance education student?
The GW School of Nursing and Milken Institute School of Public Health provide opportunities for distance education students in their programs to participate in Research Days. If you are a student in either of these programs, please submit your abstract to the April 5 event. If you are a distance education student at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, please review additional guidance provided on the school's website.

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Which day of Research Days will I present on (what day do I fall into)?
Research Days is a two-day event to promote student research at GW. Day 1 (April 4) includes all schools except SMHS, Milken Institute School, SON, and the Biomedical Engineering program.  If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) in any school not listed and you wish to have your poster judged, this is the day you would participate.

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How many poster presentations can I be a part of?
Students can be first author on only one poster presentation. Students may, however, be listed as secondary authors on other presentations. Case studies are acceptable if the student's mentor/advisor approves.

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If accepted, will my abstract and poster be published or posted online?

  • Submitted abstracts are included in an abstract booklet, which is posted to the Research Days website.
  • Your abstract title will be included in documentation disseminated to attendees on the day of your poster presentation.
  • New for Research Days 2017: Day 1 (April 4) presenters have the option of archiving their abstract and poster in an online GW Libraries repository.
  • Day 2 (April 5) presenters have the option of archiving their abstract and/or poster in an online Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library portal.
  • Printed posters are the property of the presenter(s) and must be collected by the presenter(s) at the end of the presentation session.

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What is the benefit of submitting my abstract and/or poster to the Himmelfarb or GW Libraries portal?
There are a number of benefits to submitting your work to the online portals, including the ability to:

  • Link to your poster on your CV and job applications;
  • Make your poster discoverable via Google Scholar;
  • Store your poster in a persistent digital archive; and
  • Share your poster with a global research audience.

Browse the Research Days collections contained in the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Research Commons.

Browse the Research Days collection contained in GW Scholar Space of GW Libraries.

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Who can attend Research Days?
Poster presentations are open to the community to attend.  That being said, the vast majority of attendees are from within GW or our affiliates.

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Who participates in Research Days?
Participants usually include GW students, faculty, or students/faculty associated with some of our partner institutions (eg. Children's National).  If you are not affiliated with GW in some capacity, this, unfortunately, isn't the appropriate showcase for your research.

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Additional questions?
Please contact the Research Days organizing committee by emailing resdays@gwu.edu

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