2022 Conference

The Ninth Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on June 11, 2022; the theme is Genes and Mental Health

Keynote Speaker

Photo Credit: Kennedy Krieger Institute 

Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D.

Chair of Genomics Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

Date: June 11, 2022 (Saturday), 12:30 – 5:30 pm Eastern Time

Location: Online

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

     General Attendee fee: $30 (workshops included)
     Conference Presenter fee: $40
     Accompanying Parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)
     Conference Proceedings (abstract booklet): $12

To register, first use the button above before paying below.

The GIDAS Support Committee has put together a short video walkthrough on how to register for the conference, as well as how to submit an abstract and “about me” profile. The video is linked here. Please send this link to your GIDAS members if they have trouble!

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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.

2022 Conference Agenda

12:30 pm Registration
12:45 pm


  1. GEO2R and String-db: learn computational resources used in the research process
  2. Transitioning 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. Brain Health Arts
1:30 pm Greetings from miRcore President Inhan Lee, Ph.D.
1:35 pm

Student Oral Presentations I

2:15 pm Break
2:20 pm

Poster Session

3:20 pm Break
3:30 pm

Keynote Address:

   Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D.

       Chair of Genomics Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

4:15 pm Break
4:30 pm

Student Oral Presentations II

5:15 pm 2021-22 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards
5:40 pm Closing


If you present, you will

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

– Grow in professionalism through researching, writing, and presenting on science topics

– Develop public speaking skills in a larger group setting

– Compete for science presentation awards

Your 2022 conference presentation should address some genetic aspect of Mental Health (or a related field).

Oral Presentations

We select 10-12 oral presentations among abstracts submitted by May 15, 2022. We thank all, abstract judges, for their scoring the abstracts. Certificates will be given to the best three presenters/groups based on their scores.

Poster Presentations

All poster presenters (including Honorable Mention) should prepare a five-minute (maximum) presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees (flexible format; simply deliver the content in an engaging way). All poster presenters should submit their final presentation materials by 11:59 pm (ET) on June 9, 2022 to the miRcore official email (which sent your file submission forms) with subject line “Poster Presentation” to be assigned to judges.

  Poster Judges

These professionals will engage each poster presenter in discussion about their research and provide feedback.

  Popular votes

The general audience will also vote on poster presentations.


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.

Conference 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 15, 2022 (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 5, 2022 to be considered for a poster presentation (judge assigned).

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.

2021 Conference Abstract

2021 8th HSRC Proceedings



Past Year Conferences

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

2021 Conference

2020 Conference

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference