2021 Graduate Research Symposium

Friday, May 14, 2021 

Events will include Three Minute Thesis Competition, podium presentations, poster presentations, and a networking session. All events will be held virtually.
All updates and information about the 2021 GRS will be posted on this website. 


About the Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium is organized by and for graduate students. Past symposiums have featured keynote speakers, the final round of the Three Minute Thesis academic research competition, podium presentations, poster presentations, career and alumni panels, and networking sessions.

Check out Graduate Research Symposiums from 2016- 2020 here.

Types of Presentations

Podium presentation
Presenters have seven minutes for their presentation with five minutes for Q&A. 

Poster presentation
Presenters will virtually display their poster and be available to engage with attendees about their work. Specific details the poster presentation session will be communicated soon. Graduate students are encouraged to present a poster they have already completed and presented for department poster presentation and/or conference/symposium. 

Three Minute Thesis (must be PhD student to participate) 
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition challenges doctoral students to effectively explain their research in three minutes, using language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 and now held in universities around the globe, the Three Minute Thesis cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills, thus allowing a broader audience to engage with cutting-edge research and its global impact.


Register for the Graduate Research Symposium

Please register for the 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium here.


2021 Schedule At A Glance

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Morning Yoga/Meditation
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.  Check-In
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  Podium Presentations (Set 1)
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Three Minute Thesis Finale
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Career Workshop 1: Communicating Your Research
Career Workshop 2: Job Searching for PhDs
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Podium Presentations (Set 2)
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  Keynote by Acting VP of Research Robert Hull
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.  Mental Health for Graduate Students
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.  Break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Poster Presentations
5:00 - 5:45 p.m.  Networking Session
5:45 - 6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Grad Grab & Go Meal + Virtual Happy Hour


Poster Presentations

Poster Presenters will be in the following breakout rooms:
Poster Room 1: Jason Smith
Poster Room 2: Patrick Landry
Poster Room 3: Gayathri Subramaniam
Poster Room 4: Zachary Ward
Poster Room 5: Dan Xiao
Poster Room 6: Sofia Perez-Guzman
Poster Room 7: Lilian Ngweta


2021 Volunteers

Coming soon.