Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health

Penn PROMOTES Abstract Contest

Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health is announcing an exciting opportunity for researchers in the Penn community at our upcoming symposium on September 22, 2020.

Researchers from all fields are invited to submit a 250-word abstract for our poster session. The research must incorporate the factor of sex and/or gender in some manner. Re-analysis of previously published data to include this element is welcomed. In addition to the abstract, researchers will submit two possible “next steps” to build on these findings.

The top three submissions will be asked to “pitch” their work and will be brought to an audience vote. The vote will select our winner of an award of $5,000 in pilot funding for future research. Up to 20 abstract submissions will be selected to present during our poster and networking session, where we are bringing together scientists from throughout our institution to engage and collaborate!

Submissions will be scored on the following characteristics:
  1. Inclusion of sex and/or gender in the study design
  2. Quality of research design
  3. Clarity
  4. Impact
  5. Strength of next steps for establishing future funding
Format of abstract:
  • Title
  • Authors and affiliation
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Two next steps describing research that would be pursued if awarded the $5,000 pilot funding.
  • Note: only the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections count toward the 250-word limit. Next steps are expected to be a total of 50-100 words.

Current and past BIRCWH scholars are welcome to submit an abstract for this event, however in order to be considered for the pilot funding award this work must be different from their primary BIRCWH project.

Questions and abstract submissions may be sent to:

BIRCWH Program Coordinator Arden McAllister ( Please title the subject line “Penn PROMOTES Symposium Abstract Submission”.

Submitters must have University of Pennsylvania affiliation.


Abstract submission: TBD


Please note that all submitters (or an appropriate designee) must have availability to attend the Penn PROMOTES symposium and poster session on September 22, 2020 from 1pm-6pm.