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America's Got Regulatory Science Talent

The annual America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition provides an opportunity for students from across the University of Rochester to compete for a chance to present their regulatory science ideas at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Teams of students develop and present a proposed solution to a current area of need related to regulatory science, the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products. Students should consult the FDA scientific priority areas identified in the August 2011 FDA Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science to guide their proposed solution.

Competition Guidelines

  • A team can consist of one to four students.
  • Each team member must contribute to the proposed solution or the presentation.
  • The presentation must be five minutes in duration or less and may utilize AV materials.  Creativity is strongly encouraged!  
  • Each presentation will be followed by two minutes of Q&A.
  • Presentations should aim to have high regulatory impact.

Examples of Proposed Solutions

Developing drugs, devices, and biologics is fraught with challenges. Likewise, there is continued need for new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products.  Example proposed solutions include: an idea for a new toxicology test; a better biomarker; an approach to improve manufacturing; a way to detect counterfeit biologics; a test that evaluates a new medical technology; a new data signal that detects adverse reactions from a new drug; a way for FDA to better communicate risks of medications (e.g. friendlier product labels, use of social media or YouTube); use of crowdsourcing; a test for food contaminants; a way to respond to a nuclear agent/incident; and how to get patients to use a device safely.



All full-time and part-time students (e.g., undergraduate, professional, graduate) at the University of Rochester are eligible.

Presentation evaluation 

Each presentation (~5 minutes in length) will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the University of Rochester and local industry for the proposed solution and presentation quality. Elements of proposed solution include novelty and potential significance. Short-term feasibility is a plus, but not a requirement. Elements of presentation quality include verbal communication, visual communication, impact of any AV materials or demonstrations, as well as Q&A responses.

Faculty Advisor 

While it is not required to have a faculty advisor for this project, it is strongly suggested that you at least consult with faculty familiar with the scientific and regulatory issues in the field of your proposal. If you would like assistance in being paired with a faculty advisor, contact us at the email below. Keep in mind that material presented should be non-confidential.

Dates and Deadlines

Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Completed entry form is due by 5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition takes place at the University of Rochester (Saunders Research Building, 12:00 - 1:30 pm)

March or April 2020: Winning team travels to the Washington D.C./Maryland region to meet with the FDA.


University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI), in collaboration with the University of Rochester Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI) and the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI)