Masonic Cancer Center Mini Research Symposium

Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building
MCC Mini Research Symposium

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is hosting a new iteration of the Cancer Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. This year’s Mini Research Symposium will highlight the work of undergraduate students, pre- and post-doctoral scholars, research staff, and residents/fellows in cancer research. Through this event, students and trainees will gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking with experienced investigators and each other.  Please join us to explore career development topics, celebrate research accomplishments, and develop new ideas and collaborations.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. The deadline to register is Sunday, April 14, 2024

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Questions? Contact event organizers at or 612-624-7552.

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10:00 AM | Welcome - Douglas Yee, MD

10:30 AM | Top 3 Abstracts Presentation - Sachi Tengse; Yoonkyu Lee, MS; Josh Fry, MS

11:15 AM | Poster Session #1

12:00 PM | Lunch, Exhibitors and Networking

12:45 PM | Poster Session #2

1:30 PM | Trainee Flash Talk Competition - Suraj Bhattarai, PhD; Olivia Kuckhahn; José Valentín López; Chinasa Ufondu, BPharm

2:15 PM |Career Development Panel - Thu Truong, PhD; Erin Marcotte, MPH, PhD; Justin Hwang, PhD; Lindsey Sloan, MD, PhD

3:15 PM | Awards and Closing - Douglas Yee, MD & Aaron Schilz, MPA


The 9:00 AM Seminar Series has been cancelled, but you are invited to join us for continental breakfast. Check in for the Mini Symposium will now begin at 9 AM. 

Abstract Competition and Poster Session

Trainee Flash Talk Competition

The purpose of the Trainee Flash Talks Competition is to help trainees develop and showcase their research communication skills. Trainees who are prepared to present cancer-related research they have done at the University of Minnesota are invited to participate in the Flash Talk Competition. 

Submit Your Flash Talk

Flash Talk submissions are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2024. Finalists will be notified at the beginning of April. 

Flash Talk Winners

The top two outstanding flash talk winners will receive a $2,000 professional development/travel award.


All competitors are expected to submit one static slide and a recording of themselves delivering their talk by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2024, to participate in the competition. 

Submissions will be judged by a panel of MCC staff. Six finalists will then be selected to participate in the live, in-person Flash Talk Competition at the MCC Mini Symposium. 

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

Exhibitor Prospectus

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the 2024 Mini Research Symposium, please reach out to our event team directly at