About

The Life and Health Sciences Research Expo acknowledges exemplary research and learning activity at the University of Saskatchewan. After being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event is returning in a virtual format to showcase interdisciplinary health science research throughout the province and across both basic and clinical sciences. 

The 2021 expo will consist of online PowerPoint research presentation sessions — some in the morning and some in the afternoon with up to 160 researchers competing  — plus an afternoon online awards reception. Student prizes available at the research expo total over $5,000!

USask students, researchers, faculty, staff, and senior leaders are invited to celebrate outstanding research, collaboration, and mentorship within the health sciences.

Download the 2019 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo book to review abstracts and summaries from previous award winners.

Ways to participate

  • Submit an abstract for the research presentation competition
  • Submit a paper for the Best Paper Award
  • Nominate an outstanding faculty supervisor for the Best Supervisor Award

2021 dates

Friday, April 9, 2021 — Deadline to register and submit materials (abstracts for the presentation competition, papers, and/or award nominations)
Thursday, May 6, 2021 — 2021 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo

Register now!

The registration and materials submission period for the 2021 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo opened Feb. 18 and closes April 9, 2021.

Research presentation competition

Graduate students, undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and dentistry and medical residents are invited to submit an abstract in order to participate in the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo presentation competition.

Research presentation competition categories:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Science
  • Social & Population Health

Based on the quality of the research presented, there may also be additional awards presented for achievement aligning with the following themes:

  • Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Indigenous Health Research — NEW!
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Research, Response, and/or Outreach — NEW!
NOTE: Presenters must choose one of the three competition categories. Declaring alignment with a research theme is optional.

Application guidelines

  • The call for abstracts operates on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until 160 abstracts have been received or until the deadline is reached—whichever comes first.
  • The deadline for submitting an abstract to the 2021 research presentation competition is end-of-day April 9, 2021
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by email no later than April 16, 2021.
  • Preview the 2021 research presentation abstract submission form.

Research presentation guidelines

Best Paper Award

At an online awards event to be held on May 6, 2021, cash prizes will be awarded to outstanding research papers submitted to the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo.

Application guidelines

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and dentistry and medical residents are invited to submit a paper.
  • The deadline for submitting a paper is end-of-day April 9, 2021
  • The paper must be high-quality and published in an academic, peer-reviewed journal after July 1, 2019.
  • Applicants must be a senior author on the paper.
  • Applicants do not have to submit an abstract for the research presentation competition to be considered for this award.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will be invited to the awards portion of the online Research Expo on May 6, where they will receive their prize.
  • Best paper winners will share their research in a three-minute thesis-style presentation at the lunch awards event.

Best Supervisor Award

This student-nominated award honours a faculty supervisor who has provided outstanding mentorship and guidance to graduate students in the health sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nomination guidelines

  • Nominators do not have to submit an abstract for the research presentation competition in order to nominate a faculty supervisor.
  • The winner will be notified via email and invited to be recognized online by the nominator among students and peers at the late afternoon awards portion of the May 6 Research Expo.
  • The nomination deadline is end-of-day April 9, 2021.
  • Preview the Best Supervisor Award nomination questions.

2021 agenda

The agenda will be posted here once finalized.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I submit more than one abstract for the research presentation competition? More than one published paper for Best Paper consideration? More than one nomination for Best Supervisor?
    • Only one submission per student will be accepted for the research presentation competition.
    • Only one submission per student will be accepted for the Best Paper Award.
    • Only one nomination per student will be accepted for the Outstanding Supervisor Award.
      • Nominators do not have to submit an abstract for the research presentation competition in order to nominate a faculty supervisor.
  • How will I know which online research presentation session I'm presenting in?
    • The USask Health Sciences will notify research presentation participants whether they will be presenting in the morning or afternoon session. Online access details will also be provided in advance of the expo.

Sponsors

The University of Saskatchewan Life and Health Sciences Research Expo would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors. We would like to thank our sponsors for helping showcase the interdisciplinary health science research taking place throughout the province and across both basic and clinical sciences.

University of Saskatchewan sponsors

Contact

For questions regarding registration, judging, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact expo organizers.