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GSA Research Symposium

an image of the poster session from the 2016 gsars

The GSA Research Symposium and Exposition is a unique opportunity for both full-time and part-time graduate students at Virginia Tech to bring together ideas and research findings from different disciplines and showcase their scholarly pursuits and achievements. The Graduate School provides a generous level of funding to cover our operating costs, and the scholarship monies awarded to winners are generously donated by many offices, colleges, departments, programs, and schools of the university. Spring 2021 will be our 37th Annual GSA Research Symposium!

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 in the form of scholarships for the top participants in each of the major competitions: oral presentations, five-minute flash talks, poster presentations, and installations. All abstracts submitted by prospective presenters are anonymously reviewed by two or more peer reviewers in order to ensure the high quality of the presentations, and their ability to communicate with a broad audience.

Questions? Please email the GSARS Chair from your VT email address.

Application openings and deadlines for presenter applications and judge volunteer applications will also be announced on our Calendar, our Facebook page, our Twitter account, and through the weekly Graduate School listserv email.

Example Volunteer opportunities: review abstracts submitted by prospective presenters, organize materials for the event, ensure activities on the day of the event run smoothly, set up event rooms before start of event, tear down rooms at conclusion of event, support judges, presenters, and other volunteers on the day of the event.

Chair responsibilities: organize and execute the symposium, including, but not limited to, managing all volunteers, vendors, and materials; recruiting and scheduling judges; scheduling presenters; scheduling volunteers; creation and submission of event book.

Call For Judges

We know you value the advice of our faculty, professional staff, researchers, and advisors. Please invite them to join us as judges! They, too, will receive a token of our regard (and free food during the live event), but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to give valuable professional feedback. We ask that our volunteer judges commit to at least one time slot (generally one hour long). 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!

Judge responsibilities: evaluate presenters using the rubric provided, ask questions that encourage the presenters to deeply explain their research, create a safe and encouraging environment in which our researchers may develop necessary professional presentation skills.