WID Symposium

The First Annual WID Symposium will feature research talks, hub updates, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and more. This event is integral to being a WIDite, so please make your attendance a top priority and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

The focus of this year’s symposium is the newly-formed hubs. As we approach the one-year mark in WID’s Strategic Plan, the hubs are beginning to nucleate campus researchers, hire staff, and provide services. We will hear from leaders in each of the hubs as well as from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in research in each of the hubs.

Each lab at WID is expected to bring at least one poster to present at the symposium. Note: posters do not need to be created specifically for the WID Symposium—recycled posters are acceptable.

Approximately six 15-minute slots are available to WID graduate students and postdocs to give high-level, accessible talks to the assembled audience of WIDites. You may nominate yourself or others.


Tentative schedule:
9:00 am Welcome, Introduction, & Expectations
WID Director Jo Handelsman
9:30 Interactive Session
Illuminating Discovery Students
10:15 Poster Session 1
Showcasing Research at WID
Pyle Center Alumni Lounge (coffee and snacks provided)
Data Science Hub Faculty Member
11:35 Data Science Hub Functions & Services
Data Science Hub Staff Member
11:50 Research Talk 1
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
12:10 pm Research Talk 2
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
12:30 Lunch & Community Building
WID Community Building Committee
Pyle Dining Room (buffet lunch)
Illuminating Discovery Faculty Member
1:40 Research Talk 3
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
2:00 Research Talk 4
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
2:20 Research Talk 5
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
2:40 Poster Session 2
Showcasing Research at WID
Pyle Center Alumni Lounge (coffee and snacks provided)
Multi-Omics Hub Faculty Member
4:00 Multi-Omics Hub Functions & Services
Sailendharan Sudakaran, Multi-Omics Hub Staff Member
4:15 Research Talk 6
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
4:35 Research Talk 7
Nominated Graduate Student/Postdoc
5:00 Alumni Address
Distinguished WID Alumni
5:45 Closing Remarks
WID Director Jo Handelsman
6:00 Social Hour & Community Building
Pyle Rooftop Terrace (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)
8:00 Informal Gathering & Community Building Continued
Memorial Union Terrace