Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS)

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What is PRESS?

PRESS is an annual event through which the Department of Pediatrics celebrates and showcases the depth and breadth of research and scholarly activities performed by Department trainees and sponsored by faculty members. PRESS uses a combination of oral and poster presentations to showcase these activities. 

PRESS 2019

PRESS 2019 will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2019. 

If you have questions regarding PRESS 2019, please contact Emily Kukacka at

2019 PRESS Schedule

1:00-3:00 pm: Formal Oral Presentations: 8 oral presentations by highly-meritorious* abstracts that include a 10 minute talk and 5 minute Q&A from the audience.
*Trainees with a pediatric faculty sponsor who have an accepted oral presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts for oral presentation at PRESS and will be given priority.
3:00-4:00 pm: Poster Session A: Poster viewing includes accepted abstracts not selected for oral presentation.
4:00-5:00 pm: Poster Session B: Poster viewing includes accepted abstracts not selected for oral
5:00-5:30 pm: Awards: Presented in the Wilf Auditorium.
NOTE: Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the poster sessions.

Who can submit an abstract for presentation?

Department of Pediatrics trainees (4 categories below) are invited to submit abstracts of scholarly work. All presentations must have a U of M Department of Pediatrics faculty “Sponsor”.

    • Fellows
    • Residents
    • Postdoctoral fellows
    • Graduate students, medical students, undergraduate students

Guidelines for abstracts:

    • Abstracts should be no more than 300 Words
    • Abstracts can also include up to 1 figure or 1 table
    • A cover page that includes your name, your category (pediatric fellows, pediatric residents, postdoctoral fellows, graduate/undergraduate students), Department/Division, title of the abstract and the name of your research sponsor (must be a Department of Pediatrics faculty member)
    • Your abstract and cover page must be submitted as a PDF (single spaced, Arial font size 11)

Deadline and submission requirements:

Submissions should be emailed to Emily Kukacka (at by Monday, February 25th, 2019 (no later than 4:00pm). In your email please include whether it will be presented as an oral or poster at PAS or other national meetings (also include the name of the meeting). 

PRESS 2018

PRESS 2017

PRESS 2016

PRESS 2016

PRESS 2016 Booklet

Congratulations to the 50+ trainees who presented their research at the 30th annual Pediatric Research, Education, and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) conference held on April 15th at the Wilf Family Center in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital! Trainees at all levels highlighted the research they are engaged in with pediatric faculty. Approximately 150 people were in attendance. A special thanks to Ginny Oie who served as the primary coordinator of PRESS for the 3rd straight year! We would also like to thank abstract reviewers and judges of the oral presentations. Please click here to view our event photos.

Congratulations to the award winners in the following categories:

Gold Award:
Justin Ryder, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Faculty sponsor: Aaron Kelly, PhD

Silver Award:
Thomas Bastian, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow in Neonatology
Faculty sponsor: Michael Georgieff, MD

Bronze Award & Peggy Hostetter Award for Best MD Fellow Abstract:
Katie Satrom, MD, Fellow in Neonatology
Faculty sponsor: Raghu Rao, MD

PRESS 2015


The instructions for submitting abstracts to PRESS has been released! Abstract submissions must be submitted via email to Emily Kukacka ( by Monday, February 25th, 2019 no later than 4:00pm. 

Please read the instructions carefully!

Submissions that do not follow the instructions or are missing information will be returned and need to be resubmitted.

PRESS Abstract Submission Instructions