Research Symposium FAQs

Q: Who can submit an abstract?
A: COM and COB students, faculty at KCU and KCU-GMEC residents can submit an abstract.

Q: What are the qualifications to present at the Symposium?
A: You must be the first author, enrolled at KCU during the time of research and received an approval application from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Q: Where can I find more information and the Symposium agenda?
A: You can find the agenda and any updates on the Research Symposium page.

Q: How will I be notified that my abstract was accepted?
A: You will be notified by email if your abstract has been accepted.

Q: What are the student eligibility requirements for the competition aspect of the Symposium?
A: Research must have been completed while enrolled at KCU to qualify for award/competition. You must be present at your poster during the designated time when the judging occurs and ready to describe your poster and research. Otherwise, your poster will not be eligible for an award.

Q: What prizes are awarded?
Traditionally, the KCU Research Symposium Committee awards up to four presentations during the event. For students, there are first and second place for poster presentation and the coveted Norbert W. Seidler Prize for Research for the best oral presentation. For one lucky faculty member, there is the Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research.

Q: What is the Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research?

The Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research was established to encourage research activity at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Projects receiving the prize will significantly advance the osteopathic medical profession and the University’s position in the research community.

The purpose of the Prize for Research is to provide funding for eligible students, residents and faculty of KCU to pursue research projects and the teaching there of, to advance osteopathic surgical research, including but not limited to, post-op surgical studies, tissue healing, cranial/sacral therapy, spinal fluid and spinal cord injuries, burns, stem cell research, cloning, bone grafting, myofascial release, lymph flow studies and nutrition.

A committee will determine the recipient of the annual Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research. Funds from the Prize may be applied toward the research project, publication and printing of results, travel for presentation of research project, or equipment needs. Funds may not be applied toward personnel expenses.

A report of progress, use of funds, findings, etc. must be submitted to the committee and ultimately, the donor, at the end of the calendar year in which the prize was awarded.

At the discretion of the committee, the prize may be awarded to the same project in consecutive years, not to exceed three consecutive years.

Q: Who will judge the presentations?
A: Volunteer faculty and guest judges will score each presentation on the day of the event.

Q: How do I become a judge?
A: To be eligible to judge:
You must have a terminal degree or serve as a faculty member.
You must have a background in research methodology.
You must be available to judge the posters, and attend the training session. Training session dates are to be determined.

Q: If I don’t have a poster printed for my presentation how will KCU help me?
A: KCU can provide funding for poster printing for students and faculty accepted to present. The poster must be submitted through the KCU portal using the KCU format. Poster must include abstract. Proof your poster carefully before submitting. Your poster is a reflection of all your hard work and findings and a chance for you to put information and results in visual format - take your time! Students, work with your mentor to ensure a quality poster is presented.

Q: I’ve been invited to present an oral presentation. Do I have to submit a poster, too?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I be listed as an author on more than one poster presentation?
A: You can be listed on another poster presentation but not as first author.

Q: What is the printing/proofing process of my poster?
A: Once your poster request is received, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff will work with an outside printer/laminating service. Once an electronic proof is ready, you will be emailed and asked to respond as soon as possible to confirm proof is OK to print or make changes if necessary. Please note any posters requiring re-print because of proofing/formatting issues will not be funded by KCU; please proof your poster carefully before submitting and review the electronic proof carefully before confirming it is OK to print.

Q: How/where is my poster delivered once it’s printed?
A: The poster is delivered in a plastic bag (not a hard tube) to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (in Dybedal) and you will need to pick it up when notified by email. 

Q: When can I set up my poster for judging? 
A: Times for the 2017 Research Symposium will be posted closer to the event.

Q: How will I present my information to judges, as a group or individually?
A: You will stand by your poster and judges will walk around to each presenter. Be prepared to give a brief overview of your research and answer questions the judges ask. Students and faculty will be viewing posters and asking questions as well. Be prepared! This is your chance to get others as excited as you are about your research.

Q: When are awards given and photos taken?
A: Times for the 2017 Research Symposium will be posted closer to the event.

Q: What else can I expect during the Symposium other than my poster being judged?
A: Breakfast, invited student and keynote speakers, question and answer session with keynote speaker, lunch, a chance to interact and present to faculty and other students.

Q: What if I have additional questions or need assistance?
A: Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 816-654-7603.

Additional information:

There will be a student prize and certificate award for first place oral presentation and first and second place poster presentations. Faculty members are invited to submit posters for presentation.