Columbiaatnight1st Annual WISC Graduate Research Symposium

Empowering women and fostering scientific innovation

Columbia University, Faculty House (3rd floor)
New York, NY
April 23, 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

(check-in table opens at 8:30am)

Online Registration is now open! Click here

The WISC Graduate Research Symposium (WGRS) is a multi-disciplinary research conference that aims to highlight and celebrate emerging research conducted by women graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The format of the symposium is designed to encourage discussion across an array of STEM disciplines by sharing the details of current research and placing them in a broader context, making connections and engaging in research networking.

The symposium will feature an invited keynote speaker, Dr. Chloë Bulinski, in addition to a selection of oral paper and scientific poster presentations. WGRS faculty will award graduate students with awards for the top presentations. The symposium is also featured with Lab Dynamics Workshop presented by the Joan Waters, J.D. from the Ombuds Office of Columbia University.

Reviewer/Volunteer Registration: CLOSED

Missed the deadline? “Late-Breaking Abstracts” can now be submitted!  

2015-2016 WISC GRS Organizational Committee:
Esther Kim, Gabriella Sanguineti, Angelica Patterson, Ju Yang, Nicole Benvin

Contact us:

Call for Abstracts

Open to all women graduate students (PhD, MD, master) in STEM fields at Columbia.

The WISC GRS organizational committee welcomes your abstracts for oral presentation and scientific posters. All abstracts must be submitted online.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics.

  • Oral paper presentations will have 15 minute time slots that will include a 12-minute individual presentation and 3-minute questions from the audience.
  • The symposium is multi-disciplinary and therefore all oral presentations should be accessible to a broader audience.
  • Please visit Columbia’s Teaching and Learning Center’s website, under the “communications” tab, for tips on how to make an effective oral presentation.

Poster Presentations

The poster session will provide an interactive forum for authors to discuss their work.

  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters, which will be organized by topic.
  • Poster boards and pushpins will be supplied, and posters should be attached to the boards for display.
  • Poster size should be no larger than 48 x 36 inches (Width x Height)
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 1-page double-sided handouts to accompany their posters.
  • Please visit Columbia’s Teaching and Learning Center’s website, under the “communications” tab, for tips on how to make a great poster presentation.

Abstract Submission Template

  • Title
  • Please list Author(s) and their affiliations:
    Last name, First name, Department, Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country
  • Corresponding Author Contact Information: email
  • Keywords: List three to five keywords each separated by semi-colons.
  • Abstract: Narrative text. Avoid using jargon and acronyms. Please synthesize the description of your work in a broader context for the audience. Consider including the following information in the abstract, when relevant: 1) Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis or research goal; 2) Description of research methods; 3) Summary of findings; 4) Statement of how the research advances your field


  • All abstracts will be reviewed, evaluated and commented by 2 post-doctoral reviewers.
  • Acceptance notifications will be made by April 1, 2016. Review comments will be sent to individual authors.
  • There is no registration fee for the conference.
  • Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants.
  • Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/poster in question. If such a change is necessary, please notify the WISC GRS organizational committee at

Click here to submit a late-breaking abstract.


Call for Reviewers

To make our symposium rigorous, professional and scientifically sound, all abstracts will be reviewed and commented by senior researchers.

Open to postdocs and junior faculty. Columbia affiliate is not required.

No prior reviewing experience required!

Responsibilities include

  • Read, evaluate abstracts and provide short written feedback on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the work
  • Decide whether an abstract is to be included in the symposium
  • Complete reviewing tasks on time
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the review process

*Reviewer training workshop with an experienced faculty member will be held in late-February 2016.

Volunteer registration is closed.


Call for Volunteers

We could not make the symposium happen without the kind support of volunteers who will assist event preparation, coordination and peer-review process. Thank you in advance for your contribution and efforts to this symposium.

Open to all Columbia graduate students, undergraduate students and postdocs.

Volunteers are welcome to assist with ANY of the following responsibilities:

  • On-site registration and traffic direction
  • IT and presentation assistance
  • Social Media and marketing
  • Poster exhibit assistance
  • Catering set-up
  • Program compilation and development

*Volunteer meeting will be held in March 2016 and more information will be updated.

Volunteer registration is closed.


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