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1.) Planning Phase 2.) Training Phase 3.) Protein Story Phase 4.) Capstone Event
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4.) Capstone Experience

Reaching the Summit!

Teams are highly encouraged to present their protein stories to others to gain important experience in communicating their science. It takes a lot of skill to effectively explain to someone who has never heard of their protein all the cool science that they have been learning about for months without overwhelming their audience!

With the challenges of COVID-19, this year, your team might have to be flexible and present within your school or school district, or present to others in a virtual format. At this point, we do not know if we will be able to hold our annual poster session at MSOE but we will make that determination in early 2021.

Many past teams have traveled to and presented at the Experimental Biology annual scientific conference. In 2021, due to the pandemic, the conference will be entirely virtual. It is sad that teams will not be able to travel to EB this year, but the good news is that more teams might be able to participate. Keep an eye on the EB website during the academic year to see what opportunities your team might have to present.

Experimental Biology website: https://experimentalbiology.org/2021/home.aspx

Designing a Scientific Poster

If you plan to present your work at a local, regional, or national scientific meeting, a scientific poster is often a key requirement. Below are a collection of helpful resources to get you started.

Writing a Scientific Abstract

Your MAPS Team will want to clearly communicate the protein story you have studied and modeled, and this often involves writing a scientific abstract.

Abstracts are, by definition, short. You might want to start with one sentence for each of the sections listed below, and then add additional sentences as needed.


Click here to see a sample abstract (.pdf)

Creating a Jmol Exploration Webpage

As more of the world moves onto online virtual environments, your team may also be interested in creating an interactive Jmol Exploration webpage as part of your capstone experience. These web pages can include a video of your team presenting your work, your abstract and key "Jmol buttons" that allow the viewer to see your protein design in a live interactive Jmol window embedded directly into the web page.

Below are a collection of helpful resources to help get you started.