Communicating Science Students Shine at GSA Symposium

Virginia Tech’s Graduate Student Assembly’s 35th annual research symposium, “Discover New Perspectives,” was held March 27 and provided an opportunity for communicating science students to shine. This year’s evaluation rubric asked judges to consider whether the poster, oral presentation, or flash talk “explained complicated concepts and jargon to [a] wide audience” and “addressed [the] societal impact of [the] project,” key elements of engaging non-specialists. GRAD 5144 “graduates” who placed at the symposium include:

  • Syeed Md Iskander, oral presentations gold award (he also earned first place in the flash talk competition at the 1st Annual Alpha Epsilon Honor Society research symposium in the Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering Department)
  • Blake Sanders, poster presentations gold award
  • Kaisen Lin, oral presentations silver award
  • Shiqiang Zou, oral presentations silver award
  • Gourav Sharma, flash talks silver award
  • Martina Svyantek, flash talks bronze award

Congratulations also to poster presentations gold award winner Rachel Hammer, who participated in our Nutshell Games presentation competition last fall; to flash talks silver award winner Tyler McFayden, who has been part of our Girls Launch! kindergarten science visits project from its inception; and to oral presentations bronze award winner Ubadah Sabbagh, who has advocated for outreach projects and communicating science workshops in Roanoke. Congratulations to all the other award winners and symposium participants! And many thanks to the GSA for organizing a great symposium.

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