2024 Conference

The 11th Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on Saturday, April 13, 2023. The theme is Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anthony Antonellis, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2023 (12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern Time | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Pacific Time)

Location: Hybrid (online or one of the following in-person sites)

– University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Undergraduate Science Building (details TBD)

– Scripps Research Institute (details TBD)

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


– General registration fee: $30 (workshops included)

– Presenter registration fee: $40 (includes general registration fee and conference proceedings)

– Accompanying parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)

– Conference proceedings (abstract booklet): $12

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


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!

Instructions Form link Deadline

All attendees:
1.) Register for the conference using the form. Edits are accepted until the deadline.
2.) Pay the registration fee below.

April 11, 2024, 11:59 PM (ET)
Each abstract:
Have a single author submit your abstract using the form (i.e. each abstract should be submitted once in total). Abstracts will undergo a review to qualify for oral presentations and to be included in the conference proceedings (abstract booklet).
Abstract submission March 17, 2024, 11:59 PM (ET)
All abstract authors:
Submit your About Me using the form. These will be included in the conference proceedings along with your abstract.
About Me submission March 17, 2024, 11:59 PM (ET)

Conference Agenda

12:00 – 12:15 pm ET

(9:00 – 9:15 am PT)


12:15 – 1:00 pm ET

(9:15 – 10:00 am PT)



1:00 – 1:05 pm ET

(10:00 – 10:05 am PT)

Greetings from miRcore President Inhan Lee, Ph.D.

1:05 – 1:55 pm ET

(10:05 – 10:55 am PT)

Student Oral Presentations I

1:55 – 2:10 pm ET

(10:55 – 11:10 am PT)


2:10 – 3:10 pm ET

(11:10 am – 12:10 pm PT)

Poster Session

3:10 – 3:30 pm ET

(12:10 – 12:30 pm PT)


3:30 – 4:15 pm ET

(12:30 – 1:15 pm PT)

Keynote Address:

Dr. Anthony Antonellis, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan

4:15 – 4:30 pm ET

(1:15 – 1:30 pm PT)


4:30 – 5:15 pm ET

(1:30 – 2:15 pm PT)

Student Oral Presentations II

5:15 – 5:40 pm ET

(2:15 – 2:40 pm PT)

2023-24 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards

5:40 pm ET

(2:40 pm PT)


Oral Presentations

We select 10-12 oral presentations among abstracts submitted by March 17. 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 six-minute (maximum) presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees (flexible format; simply deliver the content in an engaging way).

For a physical poster to present at the University of Michigan, our recommended poster size is 32″ (width) X 40″ (height). However, we can accommodate other sizes up to 48″ (width).
Please check in with your poster and set it up by 12:00 pm (noon) ET.

Poster Judges

These professionals will engage each poster presenter in a 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

2023 cover designed by Stephanie Prechter

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 (.docx) format by March 17, 2024 (refer to “Abstract Submission” below).

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 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 24, 2024 to be considered for a poster presentation (judge assigned).

2024 Conference Awards

The Best Research – Oral Presentations I



The Best Research – Oral Presentations II



The Most Popular Poster




The Best Poster Presentation




Honorable Mention:



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.

Past Conferences

Click here to view the booklets from past conferences.

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

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2020 Conference

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference