ASRF 2020 has been cancelled due to uncertainties surrounding the duration and level of mitigation measures being taken by ETSU in response to COVID-19.
The Forum is an annual event in which dual enrollment, undergraduate, graduate, recent graduate and medical students as well as post-doctoral fellows and medical residents present their research in a formal, juried setting. The Forum is open to students from all colleges and universities within the southern Appalachian region. Register and submit an abstract before the posted deadline in order to participate.
The Forum hosts both poster and oral presentations. The poster presentation session is open to all participants (undergraduate, graduate, medical residents and post-doctoral fellows). Only post-baccalaureate (graduate) students, medical residents and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to participate in the oral sessions.
Beginning in 1985 as a program within the Medical School with only 19 participants, the 2020 Forum will host over 230 participants from colleges and universities across the Southern Appalachia region presenting in fields as diverse as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and public health; chemistry, biology, economics and other natural, physical and social sciences; computing and engineering; education, and the humanities.
A cadre of distinguished researchers, faculty and physicians evaluate and award top prizes for poster presentations for which all levels of participant are eligible, and oral presentations for which all levels of participant except undergraduates are eligible.
The Forum culminates with an awards presentation and a keynote address given by a nationally-recognized researcher. Past presenters include Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Michael Tucker, a leading researcher in in vitro fertilization; former NASA astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon; and Dr. Ronald C. Desrosiers, who gained international recognition when he discovered that it is possible to vaccinate monkeys against the AIDS virus.
The Forum is organized by the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration with input from the ASRF Faculty Advisory Committee.
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