Every year, students at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center take their work to conferences around the country and the world. Posters and talks presented at these events represent some of the best work being done in the United States, though the advances made often go unseen by many. The organizers of this year’s Graduate Student Organization Symposium (GSO) are working to change this trend by transforming this yearly event from a small intra-College of Medicine activity into an inclusive inter-component “research social.”
The 10th annual GSO Symposium will be held Thursday, April 14 at the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building, on Texas A&M University’s West Campus, in College Station. The GSO Symposium has four primary purposes: first, to develop a professionalism among students that comes through the presentation of one’s work to an intellectually diverse audience; second, to provide a forum in which all can explore the relationship between health care research and health care provision; third, to promote interdisciplinary connections; and finally, to help create greater cohesion among the students and faculty of the A&M Health Science Center’s departments and components.
Organizers have planned for a full day with posters, talks, vendors, food and a keynote lecture by Dr. W. Ian Lipkin. Dr. Lipkin is professor of neurology and anatomy and neurobiology, director of the Center for Defense for the Northeast and director of the Center for Immunopathogenesis and Infectious Diseases at Columbia University in New York. He is an internationally recognized authority on the use of molecular methods for pathogen discovery and the role of immune and microbial factors in neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases.
Significant changes have been made this year regarding the poster judging. A new category has been created for medical (M.D.), dental (D.D.S.) and public health (M.P.H., M.S.P.H.) students, while graduate (Ph.D.) students pursing master’s or Ph.D. degrees at Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine or the Institute of Biosciences and Technology will have junior and senior categories. In addition, there will be one oral presentation category that will include everyone choosing this mode of delivery. Winners in each of the four categories will vie for first ($300), second ($200) and third ($100) place awards.
For more information about the 2005 GSO Symposium, email hscgso@medicine.tamu.edu.
The event schedule for Thursday, April 14 is as follows (all at the Reynolds Building):
8 – 9 a.m. Poster and vendor set-up (Room 162); light breakfast (Room 159)
9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Poster presentations (Room 162)
9:30 – 11 a.m. Judging of oral presentations (Room 160)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Keynote lecture by Dr. W. Ian Lipkin (Lecture Hall 1)
12 – 1:30 p.m. Catered fajita lunch (Lobby)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Judging of professional (M.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., and M.S.P.H.) posters; judging of junior and senior division graduate (Ph.D.) posters
4 – 5 p.m. Symposium awards and reception (Lobby)

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