Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium is an annual event that showcases the research and scholarly work of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across disciplines at Wayne State.

This day-long event features poster presentations from master's and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars. Awards are given for poster presentations and Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). 

Abstracts to present a poster must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 31, 2020. 

2019 award winners
See the 2019 GPRS photo album


2019 3MT Competition 1st Place Winner - Deena Damschroder


2019 3MT Competition 2nd Place & People's Choice Winner - Erin Perry


Research Symposium Scholar Visit

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a new recruitment initiative: the Research Symposium Scholar Visit. This is a fully-funded program designed to recruit outstanding underserved and underrepresented students from campus, in-state, and nationally to Ph.D. programs at Wayne State. It will be a two-day event on March 3-4, 2020, scheduled to coincide with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Participants will:

  • Have their travel costs and overnight stay covered by the Graduate School
  • Meet current graduate students and faculty
  • Visit departments and tour campus facilities
  • Participate in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

We are soliciting nominations of  prospective students who have either already applied for 2019 admission, or have indicated a strong interest in applying in future.  Since this is first and foremost a recruitment visit, priority will be given to nominees that a department anticipates admitting with an offer of funding. Link to nomination form coming soon. 

Contact Sharon Lean with questions.

3MT presentations and judging

three minute thesis logoThree Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in 2008. Participants present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance in three minutes or less. The competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Nominees from Wayne State departments, schools and colleges will compete in the annual Graduate School competition during the Graduate and Postdoctoral Symposium on March 3, 2020. All those who participate at the university level will be granted the 3-Minute Thesis micro-credential. Prizes are awarded for People's Choice, first, second and third place winners.

Guidelines for the 2020 Three Minute Thesis 3MT Competition

Micro-credentials awarded

Presenters with qualifying scores receive micro-credentials in oral and visual communication. These micro-credentials can be shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and embedded on professional websites and digital resumes. They represent core competencies in graduate education and highlight skills that are highly desired by employers but may not be apparent from a transcript or diploma. Learn more about micro-credentials.

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2019 program