Poster Day 2019 Draws Crowd to Natcher

Youngsters mill around at crowded poster session.

Gathering of healthy minds. Annual Summer Research Program Poster Day, an NIH rite of the season, brings hundreds of young scientists together, sharing their experiences.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Students look at science poster

Poster Day was in part a celebration of the diversity of talent NIH attracts to summer science experiences.

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Student discusses her poster with a visitor.

Megan Trick, a post-baccalaureate fellow in the hematology service of the Clinical Center’s department of laboratory medicine, explains her work to a visitor.

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A student shows off her work to a group of youngsters.

Alexis O’Keiffe (l) of Howard University College of Medicine shares her research.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Trainee shows his poster to adult scientist.

Vatsal Agarwal (r) discusses his poster with a visitor to the event.

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A youngster tries on virtual reality glasses.

Aviv Elor of NCATS offers a virtual reality demonstration to a young woman visiting his poster.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Trainees carry their posters along the sidewalk.

Poster Day participants bear their posters in the vicinity of Natcher Bldg.

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Senior scientist looks at student's work.

NCI Center for Cancer Research director Dr. Tom Misteli (c) chats with author Francesca Bonetta-Misteli (r).

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Two trainees talk to each other at a poster exhibit.

Eve Crompton of NCI’s Genetics Branch explains her work to a neighboring exhibitor.

Photo: Rich McManus

There is only one day of the year at NIH when battalions of young people can be found toting their posters along the sidewalk in the vicinity of Natcher Bldg.

That day was Aug. 8, when the annual NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day was held, featuring some 1,000 posters exhibited by youngsters showing off their summer’s effort.

It was Woodstock for science, but instead of 3 days, it was only 1 day of peace, love and scholarship, broken into four sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One session was devoted to HiSTEP, the High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program, which provides opportunities for students from schools with a large population of financially disadvantaged kids.

Attendance and spirits were high at the event, which drew many seasoned NIH investigators who support the effort. The day was organized by the Office of Intramural Training and Education.