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Graduate Research Symposium

Apply Now - Application Deadline: Midnight, 15 February 2019

Students are encouraged to participate in multiple formats, but a separate application is required for each format.

Research Poster Presentations

Oral Presentations

Academic Paper Competition

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

Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Ramsey Center | University Center
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC

Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Ramsey Center Arena Floor

Thursday, 04 April 2019
University 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
5:00 - 6:00                 Keynote Address: 
                                   Dr. Mary C. Waters - Harvard University
6:00 - 7:30                 Reception & Celebration
6:00 - 7:30                 Poster Presentations

Oral Presentations
Graduate Students and Exemplary Undergraduate Students
Various locations throughout the University Center
Participants will be notified of the time and location 
of their presentations

12:00 pm  - Keynote Address 

Dr. Laura Wright - Professor, WCU English Department
University Center Theater
5:00pm - Reception and Awards
University Center Grand Room


Graduate Research Symposium Formats

Research poster Presentations

Poster Sessions will be held Wednesday, 03 April, 2019 at the Ramsey Center Arena Floor from 6:00 - 7:30pm.  The set-up time is scheduled from 9am-2pm. ALL posters must be set up by 2pm. Mounting supplies will be provided.

The recommended poster dimensions are 3 feet (36 inches) tall by 4 feet (48 inches) wide. 

Below are two templates that you can use for designing your poster.
Poster Template 1
Poster Template 2

Graduate posters will be judged by a faculty panel after 2pm. Award winners will be presented with cash awards during the Graduate Research Symposium Reception at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 4 in the University Center Grand Room.


oral presentations

Oral Presentations will be held throughout the day on Thursday, 04 April, 2019 in the AK Hinds University Center.  The Oral Presentation Schedule will be published and distributed two weeks prior to the event.

Your oral presentation should be 10-12 minutes in length and will be led by a faculty moderator. A laptop and projector will be available in each meeting room.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to your session, allowing time to load your presentation slides to the computer. As a professional courtesy, you are expected to stay for the entire one-hour session.

Academic paper competition

Academic papers will be judged by a faculty committee representing varied disciplines. One award winner will be chosen from each category and presented with cash awards during the Reception at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 4 in the UC Grand Room.

More information to help you prepare for Graduate Research Symposium is available online.

Academic Paper Categories:

  • Plans or Proposals (e.g. business plans, grant proposals, research proposals, etc.)
  • Literature Reviews (any discipline)
  • Research Papers (any discipline)

If you are in a Distance (Online) Program and cannot travel to Cullowhee, we encourage your participation in the Academic Paper competition. 

If you have any questions about the 2019 Graduate Research Symposium, please contact the Graduate School (

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