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KUH Summer Undergraduate Research Conference

KUH Summer Undergraduate Research Conference 2016

8/4/2016 1:00 PM
8/6/2016 3:30 PM

Program Content

Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-4748

Meeting Logistics

Rob Watson, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990
Mayo Clinic Gonda Building

Event Details


This meeting is the culminating experience for the undergraduate participants sponsored by the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases Summer Research Program. The conference will bring all the students together to share their research accomplishments, network with peers and distinguished faculty, and receive timely career development advice. This added exposure to professional and scientific opportunities in renal, urologic, and hematologic diseases will entice undergraduates to continue their medical or graduate careers in areas within the research mission of the Division.​​​​​​​

Registration Deadline

July 25, 2016​​​​​​​​​​​​


August 4, 2016

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arrival and Hotel Check-in: Hilton Doubletree
6:00 p.m.  9:30 p.m. Welcome Reception/Meet and Greet at Bowlcity
  • 2810 N. Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906; 507-288-2601
  • Buses will provide roundtrip transportation from the hotel
  • Food will be served

August 5, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Walk to/Breakfast at Geffen Auditorium
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Gregory Gores, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Executive Dean for Research, Mayo Clinic
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Welcome Remarks on Behalf of NIDDK
Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, NIDDK
8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Why Do Research?
Kenneth Kleinberg, President, University Kidney Research Organization
(Patient Perspective)

Tools of the Trade
Franklyn Knox, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
10:00 a.m.10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion with Near-Peers (Geffen Auditorium)
11:30 a.m. PHOTO – Group (Gonda Stairs)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mentor Luncheon
Luncheon Address: Why We Need YOU for Nephrology Research

Robert Star, M.D., Director, KUH, NIDDK
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Poster Setup (Hilton Doubletree Hotel Ballroom)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Moderated Poster Session I
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Informal Networking
Faculty Viewing of Posters
Optional Tours of Select Mayo Facilities
7:00 p.m. Foundation House Dinner
701 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

August 6, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Moderated Poster Session II
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break/Walk to Geffen Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Why Work on Kidneys?
Peter Agre, M.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins University
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Navigating Cultural Barriers in Research
Eddie Greene, M.D., Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Next Steps in Your Career
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Adjournment


Hotel Accommodations

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester
150 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN, 55904
Phone:  (507) 281-8000 or (800) 955-7359

Website:  http://www.doubletree.hilton.com
(More hotel information can be obtained from this website.)

Government Room Rate

A limited block of sleeping rooms for meeting participants has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester. The rate is the prevailing government rate of $139 per night for single occupancy, plus tax (13%). To reserve a hotel room at the group rate, call reservations at (800) 955-7359 or (507) 281-8000 and identify yourself as a member of the meeting by using Group Code: NIH or click on this link and follow the directions on the page. The room block will be in effect at the Government rate only until Friday, July 15, 2016, or until full, whichever comes first. Any room reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space and rate-availability basis.

Reservation Dates

Book arrival on Thursday, August 4, 2016, and departure on Sunday, August 7, 2016. If you require alternate dates, please send an email to Robert Watson of The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG) at rwatson@scgcorp.com. Any alternate date requests will need to be approved through the NIDDK.


Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. After July 15, 2016, the official room block will be released, and the hotel may charge significantly higher rates and may be sold out. When making a reservation, please provide your room and bedding preferences. The hotel will assign specific room types at check-in, based on availability. Please be advised that requests are not guaranteed. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and checkout time is 12:00 p.m.


If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to arrival, or you will be charged a no-show fee for 1 night on your credit card.​​


Minutes are currently unavailable.


Attendees are currently unavailable.


Submission Deadline

July 27, 2016

Submitting Abstracts

All proposals must be submitted via email to Robert Watson, rwatson@scgcorp.com, with “KUH Summer Undergraduate Research Abstract” in the subject line. Abstract submissions should be no longer than 250 words (not including name and affiliation). It would be appreciated if each program collated its abstracts into a single e-mail submission. Please use one page for each abstract and submit the entirety as one MS Word document. We will provide poster numbers and group assignments for each abstract author directly on the Word document. We will then merge all submissions into one PDF for distribution. Each program can print the PDF to bring to the meeting, or attendees can maintain it on their personal mobile devices. We will not be providing hard copies of the abstracts at the meeting.

Abstract Organization

Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

  • Statement of the purpose of the study
  • Statement of the methods used
  • Summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion
  • Statement of the conclusions reached

Formatting Requirements

Please follow the instructions below to format an abstract. (Note: Submissions will not be edited for spelling or grammar and will be accepted “as is.”)

  • The abstract should be an MS Word document with 1-inch margins, typed single space, using a font no smaller than 10 points (12 cpi). Please use a common font, such as Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Arial.
  • The abstract’s title should be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS and should clearly represent the nature of the investigation. Do not use subheadings (e.g., Methods, Results).
  • The title should be followed (in standard capitalization, not all caps) by the author’s first and last names, degree (if applicable), and affiliation (if applicable), as well as city, state, and country. If there is more than one author, underline the primary author’s name (one primary author per abstract).
  • Do not insert blank lines between the title and the body of the abstract or between paragraphs.
  • Please ensure that your abstract is the correct length (no longer than 250 words).
  • Use standard abbreviations (e.g., RBC) and standard symbols for units of measure (e.g., kg, g, mg, mL, L, and %). Place abbreviations and acronyms in parentheses after the full word the first time that the term appears. Use numerals to indicate numbers, except as the first word of a sentence.
  • Simple tables or graphs may be included; however, the abstract may not be longer than one page, including any tables or graphs.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed on 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide poster boards. Pushpins and Velcro will be provided onsite. The recommended poster size is 3 feet by 5 feet.

Poster Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester
Chancellor-IV Room
150 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904


  • Geffen Auditorium (Subway Level (SL)-208)
  • 200 First Street, S.W.
  • MN 55905



Program Content

Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-4748

Meeting Logistics

Rob Watson, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990