The Seventh Annual BHI Symposium is on Friday Dec 3rd. Based on pre-registration we have about 150 faculty and trainees attending (this is close to our max capacity of 160). There will also be 42 posters presented by the trainees in the afternoon. We have an outstanding lineup of speakers with the Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rene Hen from Columbia University.  The symposium begins at 8 AM and ends at 5.30 PM. A PDF version of the Symposium book is available here. Please do not print- a hard copy will be provided at the event. Below is useful information for attendees.

  1. The symposium is being held in the Bush Student Center on Busch campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854. The directions to the center are here- https://goo.gl/maps/91KbY7xteB4ZQxmc9
  2. There is plenty of parking available. Attendees with Rutgers parking permits can park in the lots shown on below map. Special Event parking request has been processed. Visitors may park in Lots 59, 60B & 67Guests must use the below link to register for the event.  Until this process is completed your vehicles are not registered and you may receive a citation.
    https://rudots.nupark.com/v2/portal/eventregister/4b648f8d-f1ca-4a6c-9b9d-d75fc61880d1

  1. The symposium starts at 8 AM with light breakfast and beverages and is being held in the Busch Center Multipurpose rooms. There will be on-site registration available for attendees who have not paid and registered on-line. On-site registration fees are $60 for Faculty and $25 for trainees and staff. Please note we will only be able to accept CASH (please bring correct change).
  2. We are following COVID safety protocols.All attendees have declared that they are fully vaccinated. We also recommend that everyone take their booster shots prior to the event if possible.
    1. We will not be performing a temperature check; but, if you are feeling unwell based on the Self-Screen Campus Pass Survey on myRutgers portal, please do not attend the symposium. We will refund your registration fees.
    2. Please wear your masks when attending the symposium. We will have some N95 masks on hand for those who feel that they need the extra protection (we recommend these masks for the poster presenters and judges).
    3. To provide spacing during lunch, we have opted to provide boxed lunches which will allow you to socially distance while having your lunch. Please note that during registration we had requested your meal preferences- those who requested special meals have separate lunch boxes which they can pick up using their symposium badge with acronyms that indicate the chosen meal (vegetarian- VGT; vegan- VGN and Gluten-Free- GLF).
    4. Disposable hand wipes will also be available at the registration desk.
    5. Please do let us know immediately if you develop COVID symptoms and test positive within 10 days of the symposium so that we can alert other attendees to get tested for COVID.
  1. Speakers at the symposium can e-mail their presentation to me in advance at kuzhikev@bhi.rutgers.edu and I can have it loaded on the podium computers. PLEASE DO NOT e-mail the presentation files to me on the day of the symposium. We are a very small operation, and I will be running around organizing the event and will not have time to check my e-mail and collect your presentation. If you cannot e-mail me the presentation at least 24 hours before symposium, please bring it on a flash drive. While not recommended, you can use your own computer for the presentation; but if you choose to do so, please bring a HDMI or VGA adapter that will work with your computer. As a reminder all talks, except Dr. Hen’s Keynote Lecture, are 10 minutes with 5 additional minutes for Q&A. Your trainee or I will introduce you before the talk.
  2. Students & post-doc who are presenting posters can put up their posters during the morning break and lunch.
    1. The Poster Session will start at ~3.15 PM after the last faculty talk. Please have your posters put up by then.
    2. The foam poster boards are 60 inches long and 40 inches wide and on tripods- so they can be oriented horizontally or vertically. We will provide push pins.
    3. Your poster board number will be on your name badge and pinned on your poster board and also in the Symposium Booklet. Please make sure that the poster board number is visible over your poster so that the judges can find you.
    4. There is at least one judge assigned to your poster. So please make sure that you stay by your poster till the judge has come by. We expect all judging to be over by 4.45 PM at the latest.
    5. The best poster awards will be presented between 5 PM and 5.15 PM. The top three posters will receive certificates and cash award of $150, $75 and $50, respectively.  We will also be awarding the Best Poster award winners from last year’s virtual symposium (Malte Gueth; Ryan Staples and Stephanie Garcia).