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Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, July 26, 2019

The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrates undergraduate research in the Greater Pittsburgh area, offering an exciting opportunity for student researchers, science faculty, and area professionals to interact and share in undergraduate research.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract Submission        Registration

  • Abstracts for poster presentations must be submitted by Wednesday, July 10, by 5 p.m. (no exceptions).
  • Respond for the picnic lunch by Friday, July 19, by noon.

Keynote Address

Dr. Lori Birder
Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
"From bench to bedside: the changing nature of biomedical research"

Lori Birder

Lori Birder, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Chemical Biology (with Tenure) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Birder completed her PhD in Neuropharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Birder's research areas include lower urinary tract physiology and pharmacology with focus on urothelial function in the pathophysiology of a number of bladder disorders. She has published more than 175 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews. She has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 20 years- including an NIH MERIT award exploring the impact of aging and chronic stress in preclinical animal models and has collaborated with researchers from US and abroad.

Dr. Birder has organized/chaired a number of symposia and workshops on bladder and urothelial function including the International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI) Neural Control Committee. She is a member of several editorial boards and co-editor in chief for a specialty journal ‘Bladder', has served as external advisor for several European urology initiatives and a member of a number of scientific societies including the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU), International Continence Society (ICS), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Symposium Schedule (UPDATE*)

9 a.m.                         Poster Setup: Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center*

Continental Breakfast: Bayer Learning Center Rotunda

10 a.m. Welcome: Dr. Philip Reeder, Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University, Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center
10:10 a.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Lori Birder, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
11 a.m. Plenary Session (Student Presentations): Pappert Lecture Hall
1 p.m. Lunch: Mellon Hall Patio and Lawn
2 p.m. to 4 p.m Poster Session: Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center*

*the poster session has moved from the Union Ballroom to the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom in the Power Center

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Posters must fit into a 36" (height) x 42" (length) space.

Abstracts must conform to the following format:
Font: Arial 10 point
Length: Maximum of 150 words (not including titles and names)
Title of Written Abstract (in bold)
Authors (Last name, First name)
Academic Department
Text of Abstract (150 words)

Abstract Writing and Poster Making Skills Seminar by Philip Clarke

View the Abstract Writing and Poster Making Skills Seminar (PowerPoint) by Philip Clarke. Please feel free to use this as a reference when you are preparing your research poster for the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Prior Symposia

For more information about the Summer Research Symposium, take a look at materials from prior symposia.


Parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Garage at Duquesne University. View our Visitor's Page for a campus map and driving directions.

Contact Information

Philip Clarke, Director of Student Services
329 Fisher Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282

Phone: 412.396.4172
Fax: 412.396.4881

Email: urp@duq.edu