Graduate Research Symposium

Research and Scholarship Celebration 
The Twenty-Sixth Annual Graduate Research Symposium 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Ramsey Center / University Center / Blue Ridge Conference Center
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Ramsey Center Arena Floor
Thursday, 22 March 2018
University Center / Blue Ridge Conference Center
Poster Presentations

9:00 - 2:00                 Poster Set-Up  
3:00 - 4:00                 Poster Preview
4:00 - 4:05                 Welcome
4:05 - 4:55                  Faculty Panel
"Effective Communication of Your Research: 
              Challenges & Opportunities"
5:00 - 6:00                 Keynote Address: 
                                   Mr. Gene Nichol
6:00 - 7:30                 Reception & Celebration
6:00 - 7:30                 Poster Presentations

Full Schedule
Graduate Student Oral Presentations
Various locations throughout the University Center

Participants will be notified of the time and location 
of their presentations

5:00pm - Reception and Awards
Blue Ridge Conference Center

This year we will be offering three unique presentation formats:

1) Research poster presentation (presentations on Wednesday, 21 March)


Poster Workshops
Thursday, 22 February 2018 4-5pm Hunter Library 186
Monday, 26 February 2018 4-5pm Hunter Library 186
SIZE: 3' x 4'
Below are two templates that you can use for 
designing your poster:
Poster Template 1
Poster Template 2


2) Research oral presentation (presentations on Thursday, 22 March)
3) Academic paper competition - (New this year - 3 categories of paper submissions (1) Plans and Proposals; (2) Literature Reviews; (3) Research Papers )

Students can apply to compete in any one, multiple, or all formats. Oral presentations will occur at the University Center in Cullowhee and Poster presentations will occur at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee.

If you are in a Distance (Online) Program and cannot travel to Cullowhee, we encourage your participation in the Research Oral (recorded video) and Academic Paper (submitted manuscript) competitions. 

These three separate, but complementary activities provide a forum for graduate students to present the results of their graduate research in an area of academic interest to the student and to the Western community. The Graduate Academic Paper Competition is an opportunity for students to submit research (ie: written paper) for blind review and ranking by Western faculty. [Papers can be Plans or Proposals (e.g. business plans, grant proposals, research proposals, etc.); Literature Reviews (any discipline); or Research Papers (any discipline)]

If you have any questions about the 2018 Graduate Research Symposium, please contact the Graduate School (

Prior Programs and Awards

2017 Graduate Research Symposium Program

2016 Graduate Research Symposium Program

2015 Graduate Research Symposium Program
2015 Award Recipients

2014 Program
2014 Award Recipients

2013 Program

2012 Program
2012 Award Recipients

2011 Program
2011 Award Recipients

2010 Program
2010 Award Recipients

2009 Program
2009 Award Recipients

2008 Program
2008 Award Recipients

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