Graduate Student Research Symposium


On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) will host its Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium virtually. This virtual 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, ten (10) $500 travel awards will be given for outstanding presentations, as selected by a team of faculty judges.

The deadline to submit an abstract and register to participate in the research symposium is Monday, March 1, 2021. You can register using this link: Application Submission link. Students selected to participate will be notified no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Event Overview

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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. This is an excellent opportunity for you to practice presenting your research in an audience-friendly manner. Being able to communicate science to the public is an important job skill.

Event Format

The Research Symposium is a half-day event consisting of graduate student poster presentations and judging. Applications that meet submission qualifications will be selected by a faculty committee.

Faculty Review and Awards

All posters will be viewed by at least two judges 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 ten (10) $500 conference travel awards presented to participants of the research symposium; one from each of five general disciplines, and five additional awards based on the relative number of submissions in those disciplines. Winners will be notified by e-mail.