Annual Research Conference
Each year, the MSTP hosts a research conference on the UCLA campus. An extremely well-attended event, the research conference provides an opportunity to showcase MSTP student research to the larger UCLA and Caltech communities, and to foster communication between students at all levels of training. All trainees present their research in poster presentations, and students in later stages of their graduate training give oral presentations. In addition, each year the students invite two prominent keynote speakers working within a specific research field. Our strategy has been to invite two scientists at different stages in their respective careers, to illustrate distinct points on the research trajectory and to profit from the dialogue between two outstanding scientists working on a common problem. Lunch, coffee breaks, poster presentations, wine and cheese, and dinner provide ample opportunities for informal interactions between the keynote speakers and students.
The topics and invited keynote speakers at recent UCLA-Caltech annual research conferences are listed below:
Year Topic Keynote Speakers
2005-2006 Neuroscience Richard Axel (Columbia) & Cornelia Bargmann (Rockefeller)
2006-2007 Stem Cell Biology David Baltimore (Caltech) & George Daley (Harvard)
2007-2008 Systems Biology Leroy Hood (U Washington) & James Heath (Caltech)
2008-2009 25th anniversary of the MSTP 26 UCLA MSTP alumni (2 day event)
2009-2010 RNA Biology Philip Sharp (MIT) & Robert Darnell (Rockefeller)
2010-2011 Innovation David Baker (U Washington) & Michael Phelps (UCLA)
2011-2012 MSTP Trainee Conference Ming Guo (UCLA)
The Research Conference will be held in the Spring of each year.