All Research and Education Week judges are selected based on their subject matter expertise for each abstract theme. Judges receive your abstract before Research and Education Week begins and then visit your poster on your presentation date. If you do not hang up your poster on your presentation date by 10:00am, your project will not be judged.
The following criteria is used by the judges:
The Research and Education Week scoring system is adapted from the NIH Scoring System and Procedure and uses a 9-point scale for all review criteria and overall impact scores, where a score of 1 is exceptional and a score of 9 is poor (no decimal ratings). A score of 5 is considered average.
Judges are asked to evaluate each project based on the criterion below and assign a score based on the 9-point scale:
  1. Significance: Does the project address an important problem or critical barrier to progress within the field?
  2. Innovation: Does the project challenge and seek to shift current research, education or clinical practice paradigms by using novel concepts, approaches or methods?
  3. Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project?
  4. Visual Presentation (Of poster only): What is the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
  5. Overall Impact: What is the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
Scores are submitted to our team and calculated on Wednesday evening (April 18). Main contacts will be notified via email if scores have qualified them as potential winners. All potential winners are asked to hang posters in the Main Atrium for the remainder of Research and Education Week. Winners will not be revealed until the Awards Ceremony.
Please note that only the first author of an abstract is eligible for any award given to the poster.


Abstracts are judged based on the category and career level of the first author.
There are five categories:
  • Basic and Translational Science
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Based Research
  • Education, Training and Program Development
  • Quality and Performance Improvement
Within each category, there are five winners based on the career levels:
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Post-docs/Fellows/Residents
  • Graduate Students
  • High School/Undergraduate Students
Winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 19 at 2:00pm in the Auditorium (2nd floor, Main Hospital). All first place winners will receive a certificate and a monetary award.