The Graduate School is hosting its fourth annual Graduate Research and Creative Works Symposium (formerly Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities), a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Week. This is an opportunity for graduate students across all of our disciplines to present their independent research and creative pursuits to the campus community. 

Symposium Events

This year’s celebration will be comprised of two sets of events on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 both in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room.

  • Research and Creative Writing Presentation Sessions from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm: These three one-hour sessions are an opportunity to present a short (10 minute) overview of your research or creative writing project with or without an accompanying PowerPoint.  Each one hour session will have space for five presenters followed by a Q&A for all presenters. 
  • Poster and Digital Display Exhibition from 4:30 to 6:00 pm: This is the traditional poster and digital display event and allows for the campus community and guests to view your research and ask questions to you directly. This year students who participate in the Graduate Research Symposium will be invited to include their poster in an online collection hosted by the Paul Robeson Library. Additional information will follow for accepted posters.

Paper Competition

In addition, students are encouraged to submit a research paper or creative writing work for our brand new Graduate Paper Competition. Papers will be judged by a committee and awards will be presented at the Annual Faculty Research Fellow Lecture on April 15th. Student awardees will present their papers as keynotes during the Research and Creative Writing Presentation Sessions. Students who submit papers must also apply to be part of the Research Symposium (either session). Please upload your paper submission with your application below, or email directly to Amy Liberi, by the March 5th deadline. 

Criteria for Papers:

  • Single authored papers only (no group papers or papers co-authored with faculty)
  • Papers may not be published elsewhere
  • Each paper must be an original analysis or creative work and must be the product of work towards the completion of your graduate degree
  • Papers should be no longer than 30 pages, including all charts/graphs, references and appendices
  • Your paper must have a title page that includes the following information: Student Name, Faculty Advisor Name, Graduate Program
  • You must also upload a separate abstract of no more than 250 words, clearly explaining your project in terms that may be understand by a general audience.  

Awardees will be chosen from several categories, such as S.T.E.M., Humanities, Professional Fields, and Creative Works.

Call for Proposals

Due to a technical issue with the application on Monday, March 4th, the deadline has been extending to Tuesday, March 5th.

Eligibility: Students must be a currently enrolled student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (School 56).  Undergraduates in dual-degree programs should apply to the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities event to present their work. 

Group Projects: Groups should choose a team leader who will complete the application and list all team members.  One application and one advisor form are required per group project.  Please be sure to speak to your team members and coordinate your application. Group projects consisting of both graduate and undergraduate students must be led by a School 56 graduate student in order to be eligible to present at the graduate event. 

Preparing Your Application/Presentation/Poster


Conference Presentation, Poster Display, and Data Visualization Resources

Preparing an Effective Poster

Notification of Acceptance

Students who apply will be notified of acceptance by Friday, March 15th. 

Questions may be directed to Amy Liberi, Assistant Dean,


  1. Your faculty advisor must complete the form below and return it to the Graduate School via campus mail or email.  Please download and complete the top portion of the form and have your advisor fill in the rest.
    2019 Advisor Recommendation
  2. Students: please complete the application below. You will receive a confirmation email from once it is properly submitted (be sure to check your spam box too). 

Fill out the form below to apply. Please email Amy Liberi with any questions.