Graduate research Student Symposium 

The graduate student research symposium provides students with the opportunity to practice presentation skills on research topics or information salient to their chosen fields. This year's symposium will be conducted virtually with recorded videos as applications. Applications must be received no later than TBD Spring 2021. For general questions about the event, contact the Graduate College at


3-Minute Thesis

One powerpoint slide is permitted and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified. Individuals who are in the middle of their thesis or research are able to present even if the work is incomplete. 

Poster Sessions

To participate in the poster session graduate students will need to prepare a poster on a topic relevant to their studies, research that is currently being conducted, or proposals for a future project. This includes, but is not limited to, completed research, research proposals,  or creative projects. During the exhibition, faculty, staff, and students will view the displays and engage with presenters.

15-Minute Presentations

To participate in the oral presentation segment, graduate students will need to prepare a 15-minute oral presentation on a topic that is relevant to their studies, research that is underway, or proposals for a future project. This includes but is not limited to completed research, research proposals, performance arts, or creative art submissions. A computer and projection system will be provided for PowerPoint slides or visual aids.


Distance Students will use a video conferencing tool to present a 3-Minute Thesis. Prior rearrangements will be made to assign competitors with a designated presentation timeslot. This presentation will follow the same regulations as the face-to-face 3-Minute Thesis presentations.  

Graduate Student Symposium Application

To allow adequate time for applications to be reviewed and confirmed in a timely manner, symposium applications should be submitted online through the form below no later than TBD Spring 2020. Applications may be submitted at any time before this date. Students will be notified of the time and location of their presentation no later than TBD Spring 2020. 

Prize Money Amounts for Each Category: 

1st Place: $200

2nd Place: $150 

3rd Place: $100

For more information, please feel free to contact the Graduate College at (479) 968-0398 or


Presentation Type