2021 Conference

The Eighth Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on June 12, 2021; the theme is Genes and COVID-19

Keynote Speaker

Photo Credit: National Institute of Health

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Insitute of Health

Date: June 12, 2021 (Saturday), 12:15 – 5:15 pm Eastern Time

Location: Online

Open to the public, including middle school students and adults.

     General Attendee fee: $25 (workshops included)
     Conference Presenter fee: $35
     Accompanying Parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)
     Conference Proceedings (abstract booklet): $12

Registration options
Student Name:

Do you like science and computers?  Are you interested in discovering relationships between genes and diseases?

Come to the High School Students’ Research Conference and find out what other students are investigating.

This conference is designed to provide young students with experience in a research conference setting to promote learning and interest in science and research.

2021 Conference Tentative Agenda

12:00 pm Registration
12:15 pm


  1. GEO2R and String-db: Learn computational resources used in the research process
  2. Transition from high school to college: Interact with college students to hear their experiences and to ask questions
  3. Pseudo-code: for better coding practice and for first-time coders
  4. Healthy mind: Know our mind to keep positive mindset even during the pandemic.
1:00 pm Greetings from miRcore President | Inhan Lee, Ph.D.
1:05 pm Student Oral Presentation I
1:45 pm Break
1:50 pm Poster Session
2:50 pm Break
3:00 pm

Keynote Address:

Precision Medicine and All of Us

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Health

3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Student Oral Presentation II
4:45 pm 2020-21 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards
5:10 pm Closing


If you present, you will

  – Meet professional scientists and connect with peers who share your interest in science

  – Grow in professionalism through presentation, writing, and reading for science

  – Develop public speaking skills in a larger group setting

  – Compete for science presentation awards

Your 2021 conference presentation should address some genetic aspect of COVID-19 (or a related field).

Oral Presentation

We select 10 oral presentations. If you want to compete to give an oral presentation, please submit your abstract by May 15, 2021. Professional scientists will score the abstracts and we will announce the oral presenters at a future date.

Certificates will be given to the best three presenters/groups by their scores.   

2021 Oral Presenters

To Be Determined   

Poster Presentation

All presenters (including oral presenters) should exhibit their posters and prepare a three-minute presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees.

We invite genetic and bioinformatics research professionals from the University of Michigan and assign them to judge poster presentations. The professionals (judges) will engage each poster presenter in discussion about their research and give their feedback to presenters.

Certificates will be given to the best three poster presenters/groups as graded by the judges; the three most popular posters as selected by conference attendees will also receive certificates.

Publish Proceedings

If you want to publish your abstract in the conference proceedings, please submit your research abstract and your “About Me” with your picture in Word format by May 23, 2021 (refer to “Abstract Submission”).

Even if you miss the deadline to publish, you can still bring in your research poster and compete for the poster presentation award. However, you should submit your poster abstract content to us by June 6, 2021 to be assigned to a judge.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines:

You can find them here.

File Submission: Registered presenters will be contacted for the file submission.


Poster Guidelines:

Due to the coronavirus, the conference will be online. Please prepare a presentation no more than 10 slides in length (not including the title and ending slides), aiming for a presentation time of about 5 minutes.




Past Year Conferences

Here you can find information about the conferences from past years.

2020 Conference

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference