We are proud to announce the plans for the 33rd Annual HST Forum on Monday, April 6, 2020 at the TMEC Atrium and TMEC 209. As an HST student, your participation is key to making this event a success. We encourage all HST students to attend, as it is a wonderful opportunity to network with faculty and alumni/ae, as well as to show your support for fellow HST students and the program as a whole.

For students who have spent more than 4 months in a laboratory and do not have clinical clerkship responsibilities, we expect you will actively participate by submitting posters. The work need not be "a finished product," and in fact may be a poster you have already presented. We do require all HST doctoral students to present at least once during their tenure in HST. All HST certificate students are encouraged to present.

We request that all students who are planning to attend the Forum RSVP, whether or not you are presenting a poster.

Please contact hstforum [at] mit.edu (hstforum[at]mit[dot]edu) or 617.432.1738 if you have any questions.


Please review the poster session and abstract guidelines below:

Poster Formatting

Poster size

Each student will have a 4 ft by 6 ft area for poster presentation. HST will have pushpins on hand for mounting. Please email hstforum [at] mit.edu if you need more space or have special needs.

Poster design

On your poster please include: Your name, lab, and the HST/Harvard/MIT logos. Please click here to download the HST logos.

Printing your poster

Students presenting a poster can either print it out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and tack it together on the board or have the poster printed by a professional vendor.

There are several options for poster printing.  In the past many students have used:  http://www.phdposters.com/

Abstract Formatting (with TEMPLATES)

Abstracts are due by Friday, March 6. Abstracts can be uploaded through the Presenters RSVP or emailed to hstforum [at] mit.edu

Page Layout

  • Abstract must fit on one 8 x 11 page
  • Margins: left and right 2", top and bottom 1.5
  • Use 10 point Times New Roman font

  • Alignment should be center for the title, names and institutions

  • Alignment should be full justified for the introductory paragraph and body's text

  • Bold your abstract title and name


  • Type the title in the first line (bold). Use title-type capitalization.

  • Leave one blank line and then type your name (bold).

  • On the next line type the name of your school, your society or program, and your original class year. (For MD students, write the year of graduation of the MD class with which you entered your program. For PhD students, list the year you were admitted.)

  • Leave one blank line, then type your advisor's name followed by his/her title.

  • On the next line type the department and institution where you carried out your research.
  • Leave one line blank, then write in two of the following categories that best describe your area of research, marking them #1 and 2 to define your choice:
  1. Bioinformatics and integrative genomics
  2. Imaging, acoustics and optics
  3. Regenerative and rehabilitative biomedical engineering

  4. Physiology and systems biology

  5. Cell and molecular biology
  6. Biomedical devices and technology

Abstract Body

  • Leave one blank line, and then type the introductory paragraph, which describes your research, its implications, and its potential impact on human health and medicine. This paragraph MUST be written in lay person's terms. It should be italicized.

  • Leave one blank line, and then type the body of the abstract's text.


Set-up and Session Information

Set up

Students presenting a poster should arrive at the TMEC at HMS between 12:30 and 12:45 to set up your poster as the session begins promptly at 1:00. 

Poster tubes can be hard to find. If you want a poster tube, please click here to order. Please make sure to label your poster tube.

Student poster session

The poster session will run from 1:00 - 2:45 pm. Students with an odd number poster will present from 1:00-1:45 pm; students with an even number will present from 1:45-2:30 pm; ALL students will return to their posters to present from 2:30-2:45 pm.

Please email hstforum [at] mit.edu (hstforum[at]mit[dot]edu) or call 617.432.1738 if you have any questions. We look forward to an exciting and productive day. Thank you for participating!