Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

2019 program schedule coming soon

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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 over master's and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars. Awards are given in multiple categories including poster presentations, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and the BEST Program's business card competition.

2018 award winners

2018 program

Photos from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Symposium on Flickr


3MT presentations and judging

1:45 to 2:30 p.m., March 5 in the Community Arts Auditorium

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 5, 2019. Prizes are awarded for People's Choice, first and second place winners.

Guidelines for the 2018 Three Minute Thesis 3MT Competition

2017 First Place (tie), Xavier Swiecki, Art and Art History

2017 First Place (tie), Daniel Harrison, History


Panel Discussion: Alumni Perspectives

2:45 - 3:45 p.m., March 5 in the Community Arts Auditorium

panelist photos for alumni panel at symposiumIn celebration of the WSU 150th and the 86th anniversary of the Graduate School, four Wayne State Ph.D. alumni will reflect on their experiences and share their career paths. 2019 panelists TBD

2018 panelists and bios:

Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean and Professor of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University

Samantha Blackmon, Associate Professor of English at Purdue University

Kalyan C. Kondapalli, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD)

James S. Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, all at the University of Michigan


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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Business card competition

Bring your business card to the symposium and drop it in the BEST box in the McGregor reception area by noon on Tuesday, March 6 to enter. Judges will select up to three cards to win $25 gift cards to be announced during the awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m. Sponsored by the BEST [Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training] Program

What makes a good business card?

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