The purpose of the Student Challenge is to allow middle and high school students to think creatively, conduct background research, and develop a proposal for a unique solution that can help address important problems that face the medical field. Through this process, students will be able to think like scientists and learn how to make existing technologies even better.
The theme for the Student Challenge this year is Advancing equity in medicine through computational biology. From rare to common diseases, many health burdens fall on underrepresented communities within the United States and internationally. Many innovations in computational biology, from methods to analyses, seek to advance equity for the future of medicine. How does your computational biology project assist in addressing these disparities?
We want students to have room to explore their own interests and see how computational and engineering methods can be applied to the topic.
Before the Symposium
Students should brainstorm and think of ideas within the scope of the topic Advancing equity in medicine through computational biology. All attendees interested in participating in the Student Challenge will add the title and abstract for their project during the registration process. Attendees will have the opportunity to edit their registration to add their project information if they decide to participate after they have registered to attend. All projects need to be in the registration system by November 27th. All participants in the Student Challenge will receive an additional email with information on where and how to submit their project. All projects must be uploaded by December 4th.
During the Symposium
At the symposium, there will be scheduled time within the program when each participant in the Student Challenge will answer questions about their work with the various attendees at the symposium (family and friends) and will also present their work to the judges. The judges will score and determine the top projects, who will receive an award during the closing ceremonies.
Before the symposium all participants in the Student Challenge MUST upload their project. Your submission should be between 3-5 minutes and consist of voice over slides or a video. All Student Challenge submissions will be available for on-demand viewing 48 hours before the symposium.
- Save your presentation as an MP4 file with the first name, last name, and project title.
- Slides should be widescreen16x9 ratio which export best to 1080p videos.
Some helpful tips on planning your recorded talk are available at these links:
Presenting your poster in a lighting style format using the PechaKucha or Ignite talks presentation style or a single slide or PDF is an option for presenters.
Here is a example of a presentation: https://youtu.be/rbLbb7eOao8
All projects must be uploaded by Monday, December 4, 2023.
At the Student Challenge, individuals will be assigned a virtual table and be available to answer questions about their project.
|I. Research Question (15 pts)|
|clear and focused purpose|
|identifies contribution to field of study|
|testable using scientific methods|
|II. Design and Methodology (10 pts)|
|well designed plan and data collection methods|
|III. Creativity (15 pts)|
|project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria|
|IV. Presentation (20 pts)|
|clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions|
|understanding of basic science relevant to project|
|recognize the potential impact on social and ethical issues|
|quality of ideas for further research|
|Total Points Possible: 60|