Annual Research Symposium and Exposition

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About

Virginia Tech’s 36th Annual Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium (GSARS) will take place on March 25, 2020 in the Graduate Life Center, during Graduate Education Week. As part of this event, we provide cash awards for the top participants in each of the major competitions: oral presentations, five-minute flash talks, poster presentations, and installations. In addition, we bring in a nationally recognized keynote speaker, and host an awards banquet and awards presentation.

The GSA Research Symposium and Exposition is a unique opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to bring together ideas and research findings from different disciplines and showcase their scholarly pursuits and achievements.

The GSA Research Symposium and Exposition provides a platform for an animated exchange of ideas and invigorating interactions, and also provides for valuable networking between participants, faculties, departments, and research entities as well as corporate bodies, which could pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and future collaboration.

As part of this event, we provide cash awards for the top participants in each of the major competitions: oral presentations, five-minute flash talks, poster presentations, and installations. In addition, we bring in a nationally recognized keynote speaker, host an awards banquet and awards presentation. All the abstracts submitted to the 36th Annual GSA Research Symposium are blind reviewed by two or more peer reviewers in order to ensure the high quality of the presentations in communicating with a broad audience.

 

Call for Volunteers

We will be issuing our call for volunteers early in 2020. We ask that you commit to at least one time block. In return, you’ll have our eternal thanks, a free t-shirt, free food and beverages, and a chance to help graduate students as they continue on their course as researchers and presenters. Come along, have fun, and enjoy the day!

 

Call For Judges

We know you value the advice of our faculty, professional staff, and advisors. Please invite them to join us as judges! They, too, will receive a token of our regard and free food, but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to give valuable professional feedback. We ask that any judges commit to at least one time slot. Please encourage your faculty to join us in this opportunity to engage graduate students in a professional development opportunity, serving our campus by providing an audience to reflect on the wide variety of research that will be shared!

 

The Poster Presentation will be again held during the Reception this year! We will have the RSVP link available early in 2020 as we move closer to the event. You will need your Hokie Passport for entry.

Please feel free to contact us via email with any questions you may have about the Research Symposium!

This year’s chair is Lauren Mauel (mlauren90@vt.edu).