Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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.

Additional details and schedule for the 2018 symposium coming soon.

Get ahead by attending a Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar on poster design and presentation, and visual communication.

Three Minute Thesis

Three 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 6, 2018.

Guidelines for the 2018 Three Minute Thesis 3MT Competition

Micro-credentials awarded

oral presentation digital badgePresenters 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.

Micro-credentials are awarded for Poster Presentation - oral presentation skills, Poster Presentation - visual presentation skills, and 3MT presentation.


2017 Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2017 symposium hosted more than 160 poster presentations from postdoctoral scholars, doctoral and master's students, and included a Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT).  Download the symposium program.

The Graduate School awarded over $16,000 to over forty award winning participants. Our judges consisted of a dedicated group of faculty advisors, postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students who volunteered their time to evaluate and respond to the work of their students and colleagues.

Poster presentation awards:
1st place - $500, 2nd place - $300, 3rd place - $200.

3MT competition awards:
1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500, People's Choice Award - $750.

2017 BEST Business Card Competition winners

2017 Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Flickr

View winning 3MT presentations from the 2017 competition below.