13th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, 2017

McHenry Library
May 12, 2017

The Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to discuss their research with colleagues on campus and with the public. Our students present their work in the form of posters, live presentations, and media demonstrations. The Symposium also awards juried prizes, overseen by a panel of judges comprised of faculty, staff, researchers, alumni, and industry professionals, for presenters from each division and two overall awards.

This year's event will be held in the "Information Commons South" area on the 2nd floor of the McHenry Library.

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View the 2016 Graduate Research Symposium Program

We welcome presenters from all disciplines on campus, and encourage live and media presentations as well as traditional poster presentations! For 2016, registration was available for 48 posters, 30 live presentations, and 10 media presentations.

Each presentation must have a primary presenter, but may also list up to three co-presenters. 

Presenters will be asked to check into the event between 12:30 and 1:15 depending on their selected format. Presentation judging officially begins at 1:30 pm.

An awards reception will immediately follow the Symposium until 4:30 pm. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend the Graduate Alumni Social at the Graduate Student Commons in the Quarry Plaza that evening.

Presenters - Please review our Best Practices site!

Poster Presentations: All posters must fit on 4' x 4' easels provided in the Information Commons South. Posters will be arranged in the order in which they arrive. There will be personnel available to assist with set up. Posters presenters must check in at the registration table between 12:45 and 1:15 pm on the 2nd floor of the McHenry Library. After you register to present, you will be assigned a one-hour window during which you must stay with your poster for judging.Posters may be removed after 3:30 pm.

Oral Presentations: Oral and live presentations will be in three classrooms on the 2nd floor of the McHenry Library. A computer and projector will be available so that presenters can bring slides via either flash drive in PowerPoint or Keynote format, or saved to Google Drive in Google Slides; you may bring your own laptop if you like, though this is not recommended because of the time constraints involved in setting up/down. An easel will also be available for additional visual aids upon request. Be sure to indicate your media needs on the registration form. Oral presenters must check in at the registration table between 12:30 noon and 1:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the McHenry Library. (Due to time restrictions, oral/live presentations must be limited to 10 minutes in length including set-up and taking-down.)

Media Presentations: Media presentations may be in audio and/or video format. Media presenters will be required to set up a short meeting with McHenry Library staff the week prior to the Symposium to discuss technical and/or physical space needs. Please specify your media needs on your registration form. Media presenters must check in at the registration table between 12:30 noon and 1:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the McHenry Library.  After you register to present, you will be assigned a one-hour window during which you must stay with your presentation for judging.

Our previous symposium awardees