2021 Graduate Research Symposium

Save the date: Friday, May 14, 2021 
Back-up date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Events will include Three Minute Thesis Competition, podium presentations, poster presentations, and lightning talks (new for 2021). Schedule of events coming soon. 
For now, 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.

The 2021 Graduate Research Symposium will feature graduate student poster presentations, podium presentations, lighting talks, and the Three Minute Thesis Academic competition. Stay tuned to learn about additional events added to 2021 GRS.

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. 

Lightning Talks (new for 2021)
In five minutes, presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. This presentation style is a fast and fun way to learn about graduate student research topics.
Learn more about this type of presentation here: 

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.


Registration Information

Register for the 2021 Graduate Research Symposium here: https://rpi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jV47SckqiEpBPw

Call for Abstract Submissions and Three Minute Thesis registration coming soon.


Volunteer Opportunities

Graduate students make the Graduate Research Symposium possible. There are many ways to get involved with the planning and implementation of the 2021 Graduate Research Symposium. Getting invovled with GRS is a professional development activity you can add to your CV/resume and it is a great way to meet and connect with other graduate students. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the GRS Registration Form or e-mail Colleen Smith, dean of the graduate student experience.

Volunteer Role Responsibilities Time Commitment
Reviewer     Reviews abstract submissions and provides guidance on grouping presentations for schedule 3-5 hours total
Promoter Helps promote Graduate Research Symposium through social media. 3-5 hours total
Event Planner Depending on interest, additional programs may be included in the 2021 GRS. Example programs include a keynote speaker, networking session, panel discussion, or professional development workshops.  Event planners can help with one or more programs. 5-15 hours total
Judge Works with other graduate student judges to determine “top three presentations” for each presentation type (except Three Minute Thesis) 2-4 hours total
Session Facilitator Responsible for introducing presenters, keeping time, encouraging discussion and interaction, directing audience questions to presenters. 2-4 hours total
GRS Assistant Provides help where needed throughout the planning and implementation of 2021 Graduate Research Symposium.  Varies, depends on volunteer's availability