Cancer Research Day is an event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Missouri.

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Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at University of Missouri System institutions are eligible to present their current cancer research efforts at Cancer Research Day.

In 2023, Cancer Research Day will be held Tuesday, May 9. Abstracts will be accepted beginning March 1, 2023.


Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Cancer Research Day is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Missouri System.

The MU research community will have the opportunity to share its work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration throughout the day via:

  • Poster Sessions
  • Oral presentations (invited from abstract submissions)
  • Exhibit Hall/Luncheon
  • State of the Cancer Center Address
  • Comparative Oncology and Translational Medicine Lectureship
  • Community Outreach and Engagement and Health Equity Lectureship
  • Oppenheimer-Franklin Cancer Lectureship

Prizes are awarded to graduate students and to post-doctoral fellows for the best posters in categories such as basic science, clinical, translational, population-based, and more.

In addition to the poster competition, the judges select abstracts to be presented during the morning oral presentations from among graduate students, post­ doctoral fellows and junior faculty members.

Agenda at a Glance


  • Welcome
  • Student Oral Presentations (3 total)
  • Faculty Oral Presentations (2 total)
  • Poster presentation #1
  • Lunch break/Exhibit Hall


  • Poster presentation #2
  • Break
  • Ellis Fischel Diversity Strong Awards and Patient Presentation
  • Comparative Oncology and Translational Medicine Lectureship
  • Community Outreach, Engagement and Health Equity Lectureship
  • State of the Cancer Center
  • Oppenheimer-Franklin Cancer Lectureship
  • Awards Presentation
  • Reception

See the full agenda

Abstract and Poster Guidelines

The poster presentation is held in two sessions. Detailed instructions are emailed to authors of accepted abstracts. The following guidelines are to be followed for posters:

  • Abstracts are limited to 525 words or less.
  • Tables and illustrations should be kept relatively simple.
  • Type size, lines, and symbols in illustrations should be sufficiently large and bold to be comprehensible from a viewing distance of up to 6 feet.
  • Each poster should contain a top panel containing the title of the abstract and the names of the authors.
  • Illustrative material should be arranged in a logical order from top-down and left-to-right.
  • The poster board assigned to each presenter has a usable area of 5 feet in width and 3 feet in height.
  • Easels and pushpins will be provided.

Download the poster template



Below are general questions we frequently receive about Cancer Research Day. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please email

Who is eligible to present?

Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at all University of Missouri System institutions.

How do I submit my abstract?

Submission window opens Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. and closes Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Submit all abstracts, by email, in PDF format to MU EFCC ADMIN.

How do I register?

Use our registration link.

What are poster board dimensions?

Poster board dimensions should not exceed; Height = 4 feet and Width = 8 feet

How much does it cost?

Registration and participation are free.

Will it be in-person or virtual?

This year's event will be held in-person.

Where should I park?

To purchase a visitor permit; follow the prompts. Please note- You cannot purchase a visitors permit in advance using the online system. Our online system only allows the purchase of a visitor permit the day of the visit. If the visit is Monday, the earliest purchasing time is midnight on the preceding Sunday. To purchase a visitor permit ahead of time visit our office, email:, or call 573-882-4568 to have our staff assist you.

What if I have any other questions?

If you have any questions, please email


Cancer Research Day Award Categories

  • Basic Science - Grad Students
  • Basic Science, Behavioral, Population Science/Epidemiology and Translational/Clinical Research - Medical and Undergraduate Students
  • Basic Science – Post-Doc/Medical Fellow/Resident
  • Basic Science and Translational / Clinical Research – Research Technician/Research Associate
  • Behavior and Population Science/Epidemiology – Graduate Students
  • Basic Science, Behavioral, Population Science/Epidemiology and Translational/Clinical Research – Post-Doc/Medical Fellow/Resident
  • Translational Clinical Research – Graduate Students
  • Most Community Engaged Research Poster
  • Selected Abstracts for Oral Presentations during Symposium