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. Submit an abstract here

Location: Student Center Ballroom, 2nd floor

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 the second annual Research Symposium Scholar Visit.  The visit will take place March 2-3, 2020, dates scheduled to coincide with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium. We are soliciting nominations of prospective students who have already applied for F2020 admission to a master's or Ph.D program at Wayne State, or have indicated a strong interest in applying in future. 

The Research Symposium Scholar Visit is designed to help master's and PhD programs at Wayne State recruit outstanding domestic students who are underrepresented in their discipline or program, including first-generation students, to Wayne State. 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.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by 11:59 pm. Departments and selected participants will be notified by February 4, 2020.

Participants in the visit will:

  • Have up to $500 in travel costs, plus an overnight stay and meals covered by the Graduate School during their visit.
  • Participate in a welcome dinner and mixer with current students on March 2
  • Visit departments and tour campus facilities on March 3
  • Participate in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on March 3

Nominating departments will:

  • Agree to cover travel costs above $500 (departments are encouraged to apply for matching recruitment funds from their school/college to cover any travel costs that exceed $500).
  • Receive an invitation to join their nominee at welcome dinner on March 2.
  • Host prospective students in their department in the morning on March 3. 

Nominate a prospective student here: Research Symposium Scholar Visit Award Program Nomination Form

Contact our Outreach Specialist Shantelle Cavin 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