The University System of Maryland (USM) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Symposium


The USM LSAMP Research Symposium will be virtual this year! Due to COVID-19, we have decided to change the format of our symposium from in-person to virtual. We are extremely dedicated to offering the same opportunities that we have had in the past.

Undergraduate, community college, and graduate students within the University System of Maryland in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), are invited to submit abstracts for the USM LSAMP 2021 Research Symposium. This years symposium will be a week-long event, starting with the online Research Presentation Fest on Monday, February 1, 2021 with  and ending with with a 3-day live event on February 4, 5 & 6, 2021.

This annual event will provide  students with the opportunity to both view and present research through poster and oral presentations, while also enhancing their scientific development and STEM identity. Registrants will participate in the Graduate School and Resource Exhibitor Fair and network with graduate schools, summer research opportunities, research and graduate school funding, and more! This research symposium focuses on supporting students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

This symposium is supported by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

View Student Abstracts & Presentations

February 1st - February 4th : Research Presentation Fest

Prior to the start of the event, students will submit narrated presentations of their research. Click here to view student poster and slide presentations.

February 4th - February 6th: Live Research Symposium

(Hopin platform)

LSAMP is partnering with PROMISE AGEP to design a series of workshops for undergraduate and graduate students focused on the mental health & wellness of students in the research and beyond. These workshops will cover topics related to the wellness & identity of URM students  in STEM, mindset adjustment of students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school, networking and job searching in a virtual environment.

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

USM LSAMP Virtual Research Symposium & NSF PROMISE AGEP Professional Development Day

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness - Treats, Threats, & Connections w/ Dr. Alfreda James

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Everything You Wished You Knew About Networking w/ Dr. Marisa Franco

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM How to Conduct an Effective Online Search for Your Next Internship or Job w/ Dr. Susan Martin

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Graduate School Preparation w/ Christopher Perez


The final two days of the event will kick-off with a presentation from a keynote speaker followed by the top 3 selected poster or slide presentations. Registrants will be able to participate in the Networking Power Lunch and Graduate School and Resource Exhibitor Fair.

Friday, February 5th, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

11:10 AM - 12:25 PM  Slide Presentations (Undergraduate Student Winners)

12:25 PM- 12:55 PM Networking Power Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Graduate School & Resource Fair

1:50 PM- 2:00 PM Closing Remarks 


Saturday, February 6th, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

11:10 AM - 12:20 PM  Poster Presentations (Undergraduate Student Winners)

12:20 PM- 12:45 PM Networking Power Lunch

12:50 PM - 1:40 PM Exhibitor Fair

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

Information for Presenters

Now - January 24th: 1) Click here to RSVP to present  2) Prepare abstract and practice narrated poster or slide presentation

January 24th: Submit Abstract Form and Upload Presentation Recording  by 11:59 p.m.

January 24th - January 30th : Top presentations will be selected by Symposium judges/

February 1stPresentation winners will be notified and invited to present at the Live Research Symposium

February 1st - February 4th: Participate in online Research Presentation Fest to view and comment on research presentations

February 5th  & 6th: Attend live Research Symposium 

All undergraduate, community college, and graduate students within the University System of Maryland in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), are invited to submit abstracts! 

Student poster and slide presentations will be reviewed by the Symposium judges. Judges will provide feedback to students and select the top poster and slide presentations. Students with the winning presentations will be invited to present their research live during the 2-Day Live Research Symposium. 

Read the presentation guidelines below, before preparing your poster or slide recording.

  1. Presenters must complete the Abstract Submission Form to receive link to upload presentation recording. Follow 'Abstract Guidelines' before submitting.
  2. Presenters must upload their posters or slide presentations –after following the 'Presentation Guidelines'  – by Sunday, January 24, 2021 before 11:59 p.m.


To enter a poster or oral presentation recording, we request that you submit an abstract of your presentation to be included in our program. For continuity and formatting in the program, we request that the following guidelines be used when composing your abstract:

  1. Abstract title should be Calibri font (with proper formatting), bold typed, and centered.
  2. Author names and addresses should be in regular text
  3. Presenting author’s name should be in bold font and indicated by an asterisk (*)
  4. Author affiliation, city, and state should be included and indicated by numbers where necessary and centered.
  5. Abstract should contain no more than 2500 characters
  6. Use Calibri, 12 point font
  7. Use 1 inch margins
  8. Text should be single spaced
  9. Text should be justified with no indentations for new paragraphs
  10. The preferred file format is Microsoft Word

Abstracts should contain the following information: Brief introduction of topic, study objectives, rationale for the study, and the future directions from the present study. Please do not list references in the abstract text. Abstracts exceeding the 2500 characters, including the title and all the relevant information will not be accepted.


Abstracts are to be submitted though the website. Please save and subit your file under the filename:Yourlastname_Yourfirstname_Abstract.doc for all presentation abstracts. 



Formatting: Posters presentations should only be 1 slide long with a voice recording between 5 and 15 minutes. (Please do not exceed 15 minutes!) The poster slide should be designed and formatted to compete with those from the presenter’s academic area.

All posters must indicate the following: Title, presenting author name, co-author name(s), affiliations, city and state as presented in the abstract. Generally, posters should include an Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature cited, and Acknowledgements.


Formatting: Each slide in the presentation should be narrated. There is no limit for the number of slides. However, the total length of the voice recording should be between 10 and 15 minutes. (Please do not exceed 15 minutes!)

All oral presentations must indicate the following: Title, presenting author name, co- author name(s), affiliations, city and state as presented in the abstract.

Please save and submit your file under the filename:


*** Poster Presentations and Slides Presentations MUST be saved in the .mp4 format

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For general questions, contact:

Chelsey Lamar
LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator
Phone: 301-405-8106

For questions about Voice Thread submissions, contact:

Peter DeCrescenzo
USM LSAMP Project Coordinator
Phone: 401-455-1465