Graduate Student Diversity Research Day 2021

Congratulations to Our Winners

Arts and Humanities

1st Place - Alejandro Ramos - Quantifying the Effectiveness of Resilience Planning for Affordable Housing

Social and Behavioral Sciences

1st Place - Jan Gay - “Closing the Gap” Action Plans: Infusing Advocacy Into Practicum and Internship to Teach Advocacy to School Counselors in Training

2nd Place - Andreana Cunningham - Positioning enslaved persons in 19th century Barbados fugitive slave advertisements


1st Place - Dylan Pinard - Magnetic Field Assisted Single-Point Incremental Forming

2nd Place - Roy Aroyo - Development Of A Handheld Medical Device For Needle Biopsy Procedures

Health and Life Sciences

1st Place - Jean Kok - Satellite cell provide a critical source of IGF-I during skeletal muscle growth & regeneration

2nd Place (tie) - Corey Perkins -  Human pancreatic organoids to study the early events in the development of pancreatic cancer: Applications to health disparities research

2nd Place (tie) - Amy Alleyne - Sigma-1 ligands modulate methamphetamine sensitization and reward circuitry

Poster Sessions Time:

Poster Sessions A and B will take place virtually on April 6th, 2021.

Poster Session A: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Poster Session B: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The program below is hyperlinked to take you to the event:

Full Agenda

9:00 - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks

9:10 - 9:15 AM Funding Opportunities (McKnight Brain Institute & UF BREATHE)

9:15 - 10:15 AM Panels 1 & 2 (occurring simultaneously)

10:30 - 11:30 AM Poster Session A

11:30 - 12:15 PM Keynote delivered by Dr. Monica Baskin

12:30 - 1:30 PM Panels 3 & 4 (occurring simultaneously)

1:30 - 2:30 PM Poster Session B

2:45 - 3:00 PM Awards & Closing Remarks


Poster Instructions:

  • If you already have a poster made from another conference or poster session, you are allowed to present it at GSDRD
  • After abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email to present your research at GSDRD.
  • If your abstract is accepted, we will send you guidelines for you to submit your presentation. 
  • Poster presenters will be asked to upload a video (maximum length: 5 minutes) to youtube, and submit a link to the video a week before the event (March 30). Video content and format (e.g., use of PowerPoint, whiteboards, etc) are up to the presenter. More details are forthcoming. 
  • A week before the event, you will receive an email with your assigned session (A-morning and B-afternoon) as well as your poster number. You can also find your poster number in the event agenda by March 30th.The last day to register is March 24th and to drop out of the poster presentation contest is March 24th by emailing Brianna Laureano ( or Neo Gebru (


Information for Judges 

Judges are needed for Graduate Student Diversity Research Day - an event featuring research poster presentations from graduate students in all disciplines. The main focus of the poster competition is to offer students an opportunity to explain their research to a general audience; therefore, judges from all backgrounds across all disciplines are welcome. To register, fill out the registration form at the top of the page. Also, be sure to look at the judging rubric at the bottom of this page prior to the event so that you are familiar with the criteria by which you will be judging the posters. The last day to register is March 24th. Please note: only faculty and postdocs are eligible to judge.


The Day of the Event:

  • The pre-recorded presentations will be available on the website for judges and attendees to watch.
  • Presenters will play their recorded presentation via Zoom. Afterwards, they will answer questions from judges and attendees regarding their presentations.
  • To attend and/or present, you must have access to internet connection and a Zoom account on the day of the event. 

Additional Resources

Judging Rubric - GSDRD 2021 (Word Document)

Instructions for how to upload videos to YouTube