K/O Rounds: Why Endocrine Science Matters - in 3 Minutes

In line with the Endocrine Society’s commitment to leadership development and training opportunities, the K/O Rounds Pilot Program aims to provide basic science trainees an innovative opportunity to present and highlight the significance of their research in front of a diverse audience. K/O Rounds, unlike other oral presentations taking place during ENDO, will provide the unique opportunity to focus on the rationale and big-picture relevance of the researcher’s work, rather than discuss details of data and/or methodology. Thus, speakers are expected to emphasize, and clearly communicate the significance and potential translational value of their bench work to an audience that includes scientists and non-scientists. During its pilot year, the K/O Rounds will invite the top 15 abstracts from basic science trainees across all scientific categories at ENDO to deliver a three-minute presentation in a competition at ENDO. A panel comprised of senior researchers, media relations experts, clinicians and others, will judge each talk. In addition, the audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite speaker. All finalists will receive feedback from the judges. Based on judges’ feedback and scores, the top 3 presenters will be interviewed and featured in Endocrine News and profiled in ENDO TV (pending schedule and availability).


During its pilot year, invitations to participate as K/O Rounds speakers will be sent to ENDO attendees with the top 15 highest scores in all abstract categories. Invitations will clearly explain the judging criteria, and how K/O Rounds should not be duplicative of the existing poster oral sessions. All participants will be expected to submit a unique title for their talk as well as a 2-3 sentence statement describing the significance of their research.


Up to 15 participants, comprising trainees and early career members, will be invited as finalists to compete for a 2016 K/O Rounds Award. Finalists will be expected to attend ENDO 2016, and give their 3-minute oral presentation, on camera, in front of a panel of judges. Awards All finalists will be judged by a panel of senior researchers and media relations experts. In addition, K/O Rounds attendees will vote for their favorite speaker, who will be awarded a special “People’s choice” recognition. The top 3 winners will be featured in Endocrine News; all sessions will be recorded and featured at the Endocrine Society’s website to promote the research of trainees. Format Participants may only use a single, non-segmented PowerPoint slide with animations or video files. No sounds and props are permitted. Presentations cannot exceed three minutes, and must only use spoken words. Failure to comply with these terms will result in disqualification. No question and answer period will take place during the sessions.

Judging Criteria

Finalists will be able to:

  • Clearly and briefly describe their research project to a general scientific audience.
  • Capture and maintain the audience’s attention throughout the presentation.
  • Emphasize the relevance and potential translation value of their research.
  • Summarize their presentation in one PowerPoint slide.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2:15 PM-3:15 PM

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2:15 PM-3:15 PM