KU Center for Genomics Symposium

KU Center for Genomics Symposium attendees converse while sitting at a table during a meal.
Dr. Helen Vuong delivers the keynote address at the 2022 KU Center for Genomics Symposium
Researchers present a poster to other attendees at the 2022 KU Center for Genomics Symposium.

Last year the KU Center for Genomics held its first annual research symposium to discuss the innovative work that occurs across the region in genomics and genetics. The event was attended by over 100 people from at least 8 institutions in 5 states. Our keynote speaker was Helen Vuong, who recently started a faculty position at the University of Minnesota. Join us in making this year’s symposium even better by registering below. This year’s symposium will be held on May 19th, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Maceli’s Banquet Hall in Lawrence.

Deadlines include:

  • Abstract submission: March 22, 2023
  • Abstract acceptance notifications: By April 7, 2023
  • Registration deadline: April 15, 2023
  • PLEASE NOTE! Abstract submission and registration are separate.


  • Friday May 19th, 2023


  • Maceli’s (1031 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044)


What to expect

  • The presentation spots are open to anyone doing genomics/genetics research. 
  • Postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate researchers, technicians, and other research staff are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.
  • The symposium will be one full day in person. (link to schedule)  
  • Happy Hour: 2 drink tickets will be provided. A cash bar will be available for additional drinks. Please bring an ID if you wish to drink.

We invite attendees to participate in a friendly Up-Goer Five Challenge:

  • The Up-Goer Five Challenge was  inspired by an xkcd comic and asks scientists to explain their research using only the 1,000—or, as the comic puts it, “ten hundred”—most commonly used English words. Challengers can use the Up-Goer Five Text Editor to help them prepare summaries. Please limit summaries to 250 words or fewer. Examples can be found here.
  • Up-Goer Five participants will present their summaries during happy hour. Please indicate your interest in participating when you register.
  • Participants will be expected to script their summaries before the symposium and read them aloud at the end of the symposium. 
  • An award will be given to the person who receives the most audience votes after the competition.
  • The symposium is free (no fees for any participants).
  • Due to space and time limitations, talks and posters will be selected from submitted abstracts.
  • Public parking is available in streets and garages near the venue, typically for less than $10 for the day.
  • Contact information if you have any questions, concerns, or comments email kucg@ku.edu
  • Awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place talk and poster presentations (for students, postdocs, and research staff only).
  • The most current KU Covid protocols will apply.
  •  We will have a room available for breast milk pumping.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Prepare + submit a proposal

Refer to the example below as you prepare your proposal, then submit your abstract by March 15, 2023.

Detailed abstract instructions

Abstracts should be 250 words or fewer and must be formatted like the example above (you must include co-authors, affiliations, and indicate the presenting author).

Presentation details

  • Posters

    • Dimensions: We recommend 3’ wide by 4’ tall (posters of other similar dimensions are also acceptable).
    • Awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place poster presentations (for students, postdocs, and research staff only).
  • Talks
    • Talks should be 10-12 minutes, with 3-5 minutes for questions (15 minutes total).
    • Awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place talks (for students, postdocs, and research staff only).