Ohio Zebrafish Undergraduate Research Conference

We are excited to hold the inaugural OHZU conference on Saturday, March 23rd at Ashland University.  Here is all the information you need to know:

You can find a PDF of the Program Book here. A hard copy will be handed out to each attendee at the conference.

Here are driving directions to the meeting:
Take I-71 to Ashland and exit on route 250 West towards Ashland
Take a left on E. Liberty
Take a left on Center Street
Turn Right on Samaritan Avenue
Turn Right on College Blvd
Turn left into the first parking lot and park in any spot
Look for signs directing you towards the front of the building

You can find our schedule website here You will find information on the keynote talk, workshop schedules and participating graduate programs and our industry partners.

This link will take you to an Eventbrite page with two ticket options. After paying by credit card you will be directed towards the conference schedule site where you can add information you would like to share with other attendees and see the schedule for the day. You can also cut and paste this URL into a web browser: ohzu2019.eventbrite.com
Early registration ended February 1st. You can still register for the meeting:cost for students and postdocs is $15, faculty are $30. Your registration will include a light breakfast, box lunch and afternoon coffee break.
Final abstract submissions will be accepted for poster presentations until Monday, March 4th. Please use this link to submit your abstract.

Speakers and Workshops

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Perkins
Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
“Fishing rods and cones:
Using zebrafish to study retinal degeneration and regeneration”
Student Workshop: Dr. Sharon Amacher and Guramrit Singh
The Ohio State University
“Graduate school search and application process”
Faculty Workshop
“Scholarly productivity and work-life balance”
Representatives from our industry partner Charles River Laboratory and four Ohio graduate programs will be available throughout the meeting and there will be a designated time to meet with them right after the student workshop on the graduate school search application process. The four confirmed graduate programs are:
  • Case Western Reserve University Department of Biology
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • The Ohio State University MCDB and Neuroscience Programs
Presentation Awards

Open access journal publisher, PeerJ, will be sponsoring our Best Overall Presentation award at OHZU. The winner of this award will receive a publication charge voucher for an article in PeerJ (currently $1,095) and will have their research highlighted on the PeerJ website. PeerJ’s award program aims to support students and early career researchers and bring continued awareness to the benefits that open access and open communication have in furthering scientific progress. PeerJ publishes rapid open access, peer-reviewed research in the journal PeerJ covering life and environmental sciences.

Our corporate sponsor Charles River Laboratories will also be supporting our student awards with monetary prizes.

Hotel Information
If you would like to spend Friday and/or Saturday night in Ashland there are two local hotels providing discounts. Just let them know you are attending the research conference at Ashland University when you book:
Hampton Inn & Suites Ashland; phone: 419-903-0900
($89.10 for Friday and $93.60 for Saturday)
Holiday Inn Express: phone: 419-281-2900
($99 per night)