16th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

McHenry Library
Information Commons South and Adjoining Classrooms
April 3, 2020
1:15 p.m. Kickoff
1:30–3:30 p.m. Judging
3:30–5:30 p.m. Award Reception, south terrace and lawn


Presentation Formats

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 following formats and venues:

  • 8-minute-maximum talk with or without visual accompaniment (slide presentation) in a library classroom (or the Quiet Study Lounge) bordering the 2nd-floor Information Commons South
  • 4' wide by 3' high maximum poster (affixed to a 44.5" wide x 44.75" high poster stand) in the open-forum showcase of the library’s Information Commons South
  • alternative media (audio/video presentation, software game presentation) in the open-forum showcase of the library’s Information Commons South
See Best Practices.


  • Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence $1000
  • Best of the Arts Division $250
  • Best of the Baskin School of Engineering $250
  • Best of Humanities Division $250
  • Best of the Physical and Biological Sciences Division $250
  • Best of the Social Sciences Division $250


The symposium awards are decided by judges invited by the Division of Graduate Studies from among faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, alumni, trustees, donors, and community members.

See the Judging Rubric.

Winners of the 2019 symposium are listed here.