Research and Innovation

RAD Frequently Asked Questions

About Abstract Submissions

Maximum length of an abstract body is 500 words. Abstracts are added to the form via textbox.

The library does not require a specific style. Please see your mentor to verify if your department requires a specific style.

Research studies (for case studies see below) should include the following: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusions

Case studies should include Background, Case Information, Conclusions

  • Lewis Library is hosting Lunch and Learn sessions to help prepare authors for RAD, visit Prep Sessions to see the whole list of available resources.
  • Abstract writing support is available from the Center for Academic Performance. Please make an appointment with a member of the team by visiting: https://www.unthsc.edu/center-for-academic-performance/

The deadline for submitting abstracts for RAD 2023 is Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST.

You are only allowed to serve as the presenter for one competition poster. If you are first author on other research and you want it entered for competition, you would designate another student co-author to be the presenter. Since RAD 2023 is virtual, the presenter is required to record a video presentation for the poster.

Approval Letters include protocol information. If you do not have a copy, please contact your mentor or advisor to determine if they are needed.


To prepare for your RAD submission, please reach out to the appropriate research compliance office (IACUC for animal research at IACUC@unthsc.edu -or- NTR IRB for human subject research at NorthTexRegIRB@unthsc.edu) to ensure you have appropriate approval for your research project before submissions open. You have until December 16, 2022 to ensure your project has approval or has been submitted to the appropriate committee for review/approval.

A reminder to please plan appropriately for your RAD-related project as there is no guarantee that protocol approvals can be obtained in time for meeting other RAD deadlines – thus, we recommend reaching out to either the IACUC or the IRB (as appropriate) as early as possible.

No, case studies do not need to be submitted into the IRB as these are not considered to be human subject research. However, if it is a chart review, that requires IRB review/determination.

For questions about your research topic or the content of your submission, please contact your mentor or advisor. For questions about writing an abstract or poster/video creation, please contact the library or visit Prep Sessions to see the whole list of available resources.

TCU School of Medicine students are not part of RAD this year. Please contact Mike Bernas at TCU MD School.

Poster & Video Submissions

Lewis Library is hosting Lunch and Learn sessions to help prepare authors for RAD, a list of available sessions will be posted soon.

Check out Lewis Library’s YouTube channel to browse additional RAD content.

Accepted authors can upload posters, presentation and videos starting March 3, 2023 through March 21, 2023 at 11:59 P.M.

Contact Dr. Paula Gregory (Paula.Gregory@unthsc.edu) for details about School of Biomedical Science presentations.

Although there is not a preferred template, the Office of Marketing and Communications have research poster templates available that you could adapt for your project. We always recommend working with your advisor when choosing a poster format.