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KUH Undergraduate Summer Research Conference

KUH Undergraduate Summer Research Conference 2017

8/2/2017 1:00 PM
8/4/2017 3:15 PM
​​Program Content
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
T: 301-594-4748
E: rankint@niddk.nih.gov

Meeting Logistics

Rob Watson, PMP, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990
E: rwatson@scgcorp.com
DoubleTree Bethesda

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 of 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

August 1, 2017


August 2, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arrival and Hotel Check-in: DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception/Meet and Greet/Team-Building Activity

August 3, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Welcome Remarks on Behalf of the NIH and the NIDDK
Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, NIDDK
8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Why Do Research?
Kenneth Klineberg, J.D., President, University Kidney Research Organization
  Why Do Research in Kidneys? Because “Kidneys are Cool!”
Gregory Germino, M.D., Deputy Director, NIDDK
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Enhancing Diversity in the Scientific Workforce: An Opportunity and Imperative for Excellence
Irene Avila, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Chief Office for Scientific Workforce Diversity NIH, Office of the Director, Scientific Workforce Diversity
11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Kidney Research and Self Discovery
Billy Hudson, Ph.D., Elliott v. Newman Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Next Steps in Career
Milford Foxwell, M.D., Associate Dean for Admissions, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dudley K. Strickland, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Andrea Cox, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Nehal Mehta, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Moderated Poster Session I
5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Informal networking or free time/faculty viewing of posters
6:30 p.m. Group Dinner, AMP Bethesda, 11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda

August 4, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Why We Need You for Nephrology
Robert Star, MD, Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases
  Pathways to Success in a Research Career
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion with Near-Peers
Dr. Macey Henderson, Johns Hopkins; Dr. Sandra DiBrito, Johns Hopkins; Dr. Valeriu Ceboratu, Univeristy of Maryland; Dr. Annisse Chung, Georgetown University; Anna Zawislanski, Crosby Marketing
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Moderated Poster Session II
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Tour of NIH/NLM


Hotel Accommodations

DoubleTree Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-2000
Fax: 301-652-4525
Email: wasbh_dt@hilton.com

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

Government Room Rate

To make reservations for the August 2–4, 2017, KUH Summer Undergraduate Research Conference at the DoubleTree Bethesda, please call reservations at 1-800-955-7359 and request the group rate for the meeting by using Group Code KS8. You can also go online to www.doubletreebethesda.com/KUH, click on the Reservations tab, enter the meeting dates, and on the Special Accounts Section enter “KS8” for the Group/Convention Code.


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Submission Deadline

July 24, 2017

Submitting Abstracts

All abstracts must be submitted via email to Rob 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 email submission. Please use one page for each abstract and submit the entirety as one Microsoft 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 hardcopies of the abstracts at the meeting.

Abstract Organization

Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

  • Statement of the study’s purpose
  • 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 a Microsoft 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), including 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.


  • 8120 Wisconsin Avenue
  • MD 20814


Line ​​Program Content
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
T: 301-594-4748
E: rankint@niddk.nih.gov

Meeting Logistics

Rob Watson, PMP, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990
E: rwatson@scgcorp.com