A scientific symposium is held on the Harvard University campus during the final week of the internship in August (provisional date: Thursday, August 10, 2017). Participation in this symposium is mandatory, and mentors/PIs/labs/family and friends are welcome - and encouraged - to attend. Interns will be given information on preparing a poster and oral presentation during one of the weekly classes/seminar series. Interns will have five minutes to deliver their oral presentation with a poster session to follow. This is the highlight of the summer and it allows the interns to share the progress they made and challenges they encountered in conducting their summer research project. Following the day-long symposium, interns are treated to a farewell dinner at a local Harvard Square establishment.
For reference, the 2016 schedule and the topics discussed is shared below.