Graduate Student Research Symposium


Friday, March 6, 2020, time and location TBD.

Every year the Tufts Graduate Student Council organizes the Graduate Student Research Symposium as an opportunity for graduate students to present their research to a diverse audience across disciplines in a concise way. Sessions of traditional 15 minute talks, fast 3 minute talks, a poster session and an art exhibition give graduate students different formats in which to share their work. The presenters are judged on clarity, presentation, design, and effectiveness in communicating to a broad audience and prizes up to $100 are awarded in each category for the top three presentations. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided at the reception.

This event is hosted by the AS&E Graduate Student Council and co-sponsored by the Deans’ Offices in GSAS and SOE.

Our goal is to continue to give graduate students an avenue to share their research, practice presentation skills, and receive valuable feedback.
Call for Abstracts

The 2020 GSC Graduate Research Symposium call for abstracts is out! Please fill out your abstract and submit here:

Abstract Submission (Abstract submission link) Due February 17, 2020 at 12 PM.

Talk Formats
You may present your research in one of three formats:

15-minute Presentation:

This is the format of a standard conference talk (innovation and creativity invited). Students should assume that they have a 15 minute slot and be prepared to leave room for questions at the end. Preparing a 12 minute talk with 3 minutes for questions is recommended.
5-minute Presentation:

This should be an Ignite-style talk. Students will be challenged to communicate the significance of their research confidently and concisely. Time for questions will follow the 5 minute talk slot.
Poster Presentation:

This format gives students the opportunity to present their work concisely in a visual fashion. Posters will be hung at the beginning of the event and there will be a poster session with refreshments before the keynote speech. Please limit the size of your posters to 4 x 6 ft or less.


Call for Judges

We are currently looking for faculty, post docs, and Alumni to serve as judges for one or more sessions. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please contact the GSC Academic and Career Development Chair (

Thanks to those who have already volunteered!
If you are interested in serving as proposal reviewers or event volunteers, please contact the GSC Academic and Career Development Chair (

Winners for the Graduate Research Symposium will be announced following the event.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in the 15 minute and 5 minute talks, as well as the 1st place poster.

The Symposium will take place on February 26th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Granoff and Aidekman Halls. The schedule below is subject to change.
12:00pm – 2:00pm: 15-minute Presentations
2:30pm – 3:30pm: 5-Minute Presentations
4:00pm – 4:45pm: Poster Session and Refreshments
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Keynote speech
5:30pm – 5:45pm: Awards Presented
5:45pm – 7:00pm: Wine and Cheese Reception