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32nd Annual Genetics Day

Monday, May 24, 2021
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Class of '62 Auditorium and Sarah Flaum Atrium

18th Annual Fred Sherman Lecture

Genetics Day: Symposium Program

Genetics Day Speakers: Brief Biographies


Featuring Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D., Senior Group Leader from the Janelia Research Campus. Her talk is entitled “Navigating the Cellular Landscape with New Imaging Technologies” 

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz Lab Webpage

Short Talk Competition Details

A short talk competition will replace the familiar poster presentation session. This competition will occur virtually before the symposium, with submissions due on Friday, April 23rd. The short talk submissions will be posted for viewing during the week of May 3rd- May 7th (website link will be announced).

All members of the University research community, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty, are invited to submit short talks that are genetics-related in the broadest sense or use genetics methodology. Submissions should either be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation (10 slides maximum) or a Zoom recorded mp4 file not to exceed 7 minutes. Maximal file size is 32 MB. A short abstract/summary of your presentation, not to exceed 250 words, will also be required, in pdf format.

Selection Process and Prizes

Short talk submissions will be evaluated before the symposium both by faculty judges and by all the registered attendees. The six winning submissions will be invited to present their talks live as part of the Genetics Day program and will receive a $500 prize each. The submission that receives the highest number of votes from registered attendees will be awarded the Fan Favorite designation. The remaining winners will be determined by the faculty judges.

During the Symposium, the live audience will have the opportunity to vote for one the 6 short talks. The winner will receive an additional $300.

Short Talk Submission Form

Please submit all of the short talk presentations here:  

The deadline for short talk submissions is 11:59 pm on Friday, April 23, 2021. Submissions received after this date will not be judged. If you have any questions about the short talk competition, or have issues submitting, please reach out to Michael Powers,

32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium Registration

The registration site to attend the symposium is available here:

Please register by April 30, 2021 so that we can accurately gauge attendance. Participation in the entire symposium is strongly encouraged, and we look forward to seeing everyone virtually on May 24th!