Graduate Student Research Symposium


NOTICE: The 2020 Graduate Student Research Symposium scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for an announcement of alternative plans for this year’s event.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) will host the 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The event will provide an excellent, multidisciplinary venue for graduate students in all disciplines to present their current research as poster presentations in front of audiences ranging from students, faculty, and administrators from across the university.

Furthermore, twelve $500 travel awards will be given for outstanding presentations, as selected by a team of faculty judges, and the winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 hosted by University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.  

The deadline to submit an abstract and register to participate in the research symposium is Friday, February 28, 2020. You can register using the Application Submission link. Students with abstracts selected to participate will be notified no later than Monday, March 2, 2020.

Event Overview

Annually, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) host the Graduate Student Research Symposium to showcase the research of graduate students in all disciplines and allow them to obtain feedback from faculty and peers. The event brings together graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well as faculty mentors and judges in an effort to foster further academic collaboration. All graduate students are encouraged to apply; however, students without previous conference experience will greatly benefit from participating in this event and are highly encouraged to apply.

The winners of this event qualify to move onto the Statewide Research Symposium and represent USF in competition with graduate student researchers from other Florida universities and network them. The Inaugural Statewide Research Symposium event was held here at USF in 2013 and was designed to showcase the best graduate-level research being carried out across Florida.

Event Format

The Research Symposium is a half-day event consisting of graduate student poster presentations, judging, and a reception. Applications that meet submission qualifications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Faculty Review and Awards

All posters will be viewed by at least one judge who will evaluate various aspects of the poster itself as well as the scholars' ability to effectively present and discuss their research. Based upon the judges' evaluations, there will be twelve (12) $500 conference travel awards presented to participants of the research symposium; one from each of six general disciplines, and six additional awards based on the relative number of submissions in those disciplines. Winners will be notified by e-mail.