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Graduate Research Symposium

29th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Research and Scholarship Conference
March 24-25, 2020

Presentation Formats

Research poster Presentations

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. Award winners will be presented with cash awards during the Graduate Research Symposium Reception in the University Center Grand Room.

oral presentations

Oral presentations should be 10-12 minutes in length and will be led by a faculty moderator. Each session is 75 minutes in length with up to four presentations offered each session. Time is alloted for questions at the end of each presentation. 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  session.

Top graduate oral presenters will compete to participate in Graduate Education Day in Raleigh where they will meet with state legislators to share their research findings and encourage support of graduate education.

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  in the UC Grand Room.

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 2021 Graduate Research Symposium, please contact the Graduate School (grad@wcu.edu).

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