13th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

McHenry Library
May 12, 2017

The UC Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to discuss their research with colleagues on campus and with the public. Graduate students present their work in the form of posters, live oral 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 on the second floor of McHenry Library.

Register for the Graduate Research Symposium here!
Deadline to register is April 28, 2017, 11:59 PST.

We welcome presenters from all disciplines on campus, and encourage live oral and media presentations, as well as traditional poster presentations! For 2017, registration is available for:

  • 48 posters
  • 30 live presentations
  • 10 media presentations

Each presentation must have a primary presenter, but may also list co-presenters. All co-presenters of media demonstrations and posters must be present at least some of the two-hour judging period, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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

An award reception immediately follows conclusion of judging at 3:30 and concludes at 4:30 pm.

Presenters - Please review our Best Practices site!

Poster Presentations

All posters must fit on a 4' x 4' easel provided in the Information Commons South. Posters will be arranged in order they arrive. Division of Graduate Studies staff will be available to assist with setup. Poster presenters must check in at the registration table at the second floor main entrance of McHenry Library between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m. After registering to present, you will be assigned a one-hour window during which you must stay with your poster for judging. Co-presenters will be assigned by request. Posters must be removed at 3:30 p.m.

Oral Presentations

Live oral presentations will take place in three classrooms on the second floor of McHenry Library. A computer and projector will be available in each room 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 at the second floor main entrance of McHenry Library between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. (Because of schedule restrictions, live oral 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 must 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 at the second floor main entrance of McHenry Library between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m.  After you register to present, you will be assigned a one-hour window during which you must stay with your presentation for judging.

View the 2016 Graduate Research Symposium Program

Our previous symposium awardees