2018 BCOM Medical Student Research Day

In support of medical student research and creative scholarship endeavors, the 1st Annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at BCOM from 8:45am – 2:00pm to honor our students.

BCOM’s MSRD is an annual event that will be held each spring to celebrate student research accomplishments and to provide an opportunity to present their research projects to fellow students and faculty from the four BCOM priority areas: Biological, Clinical/OMT, Population/Public Health, and Medical Education Research.

Any BCOM medical student engaged in research while attending BCOM is eligible and encouraged to participate. Poster presentations will be judged and awards will be given at an awards ceremony at the end of the event.

General Information:

Keynote Speaker:

  • Keynote speaker (information will be posted soon.)


Key Dates/Deadlines:

  • March 5, 2018 – Abstract Submission Opens
  • April 16, 2018 – Abstract Submission Deadline
  • April 23, 2018 – Notification of Abstract Acceptance
  • May 11, 2018 – Onsite Poster Printing Deadline
  • May 21, 2018 – Medical Student Research Day


Posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Novelty of content
  • Significance of the work
  • Scientific approach
  • Level of completion
  • Depth of knowledge
  • Overall organization
  • Clarity of presentation


BCOM is pleased to announce that five awards will be presented for outstanding research. One project from each of the BCOM priority areas: Biological, Clinical/OMT, Population/Public Health, and Medical Education Research, will be selected for a $250 award. An additional grand prize will be awarded to the best overall project, which will include paid travel, lodging, and meeting expenses to present their research at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas.

2018 MSRD Award Winners:

  • Will be made available at a future date

MSRD Planning and Oversight Task Force:

  • Steven J. Ontiveros, PhD, MBA (Chair)
  • Alex Arana, MBA
  • Debra E. Bramblett, PhD
  • Scott Cyrus, DO
  • Dominique Giordano, OMS-I
  • Samuel Kadavakollu, PhD
  • Mahrin Rahman, OMS-II

Questions should be directed to the MSRD Chair:

Steven J. Ontiveros, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology