College Research Day

College Research Day is an annual event hosted by the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to showcase the work of its faculty and students at all levels and in all programs. Poster presentations, student awards and a keynote lecture highlight the day. The 20th annual College Research Day will take place in October 2023; you can explore past events below.A student and faculty member with poster on College Research Day.

In 2022, awards totaling $2,500 were given in the following categories: 

  • Health Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • PharmD Students 
  • Postdoctoral Scholars 
  • Undergraduate Students 

How to prepare

Write an abstract

To present your poster at College Research Day, you will be required to submit an abstract in mid-September. Preliminary judging is done based on these abstracts. Final award decisions are made on College Research Day, when the committee evaluates the finalists' posters and hears students discuss their research in person. 

Before you begin, you may wish to review the rubric that will be used to judge student research. Your abstract should be a maximum of 300 words total and include the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Objective
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusion

In the video below, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Christine Rabinak walks you through how to create an abstract. 


Posters are displayed at WSU Applebaum's College Research Day.Create a poster

Your poster should be no larger than 4 feet wide by 3 feet high. Wayne State University Libraries put together this helpful guide to creating and printing research posters.

On College Research Day, you will bring your poster to the WSU Applebaum building, find your assigned display space, and tack it to the provided cork panels. At least one member of your research team should be present with the poster and prepared to discuss your work during the judging period, which is typically 9-11 a.m.

Explore past College Research Days







WSU Applebaum Research Committee

  • Kyle Burghardt, chair
  • Jennifer Dickson
  • Aloke Dutta
  • Nora Fritz
  • Arun Iyer
  • Paul Kilgore
  • Sara Lolar
  • Anna Moszczynska
  • Christine Rabinak
  • MaryAnne Stewart