Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

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.

The 2018 Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium will be held on March 6.

Details for abstract submissions and 3MT competition coming soon. Get ahead by attending a Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar on Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Prep, Abstract writing, Poster design and presentation, and Visual communication. Micro-credentials will be offered in multiple categories.

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.

BEST Business Card Competition winners

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Flickr


Micro-credentials awarded

Presenters with qualifying scores received 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.

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


Three Minute Thesis

This was the second year for the 3-Minute Thesis competition, featuring successful presentations from both doctoral and master's students. Participating students were nominated by their departments and had three minutes to present a compelling presentation on their thesis or dissertation and its significance. The 3MT format challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. Awards are selected by a panel of judges made up of cross-disciplinary community members and audience voters.