Call for Grad Forum Proposals!

The 2017 Grad Forum will take place on Friday, May 12, from 9:30 to 4:00 in the new EMU. Graduate students are encouraged to submit their work to be presented in one of three formats: Poster, Three-Minute Thesis, or Symposium (format details below). The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

The Grad Forum provides an excellent professional development experience for graduate students to share their work with a broad audience of faculty, other graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the larger community. The event is an opportunity to make interdisciplinary connections and compete to win up to $250 for the best presentations within a category!
Students can participate in one of three ways:

Poster Submissions: Submit a title; a 150 word abstract describing your research; and a 140 character thumbnail summary to be used for the promotional materials (about 25-28 words). Details about poster size will be available soon. Posters previously developed or to be developed in the future for presentation at other conferences are welcome.
Three Minute Thesis Submissions: Submit a title; a 150 word abstract describing your research; and a 140 character thumbnail summary to be used for the promotional materials (about 25-28 words). Presenters will have 3 minutes (no more!) to present their research at the forum and they can use one static slide. Winners have the opportunity to compete in the state finals for Three Minute Thesis, held here in Eugene on Saturday May 20, 2017.

Symposia Submissions: Symposia are comprised of talks by three to five graduate students (total presentation time is 1 hour). At least two different fields must be represented, and the talks should share a theme or topic. Submit a symposium title and a 300-word abstract describing the symposium theme and how each of the talks relates to it. In addition, for each individual presentation, submit a title and a 140 character thumbnail summary. Please designate one symposium participant as a contact person, who will also serve as the panel’s moderator.
New this year!

To continue the excitement of last year’s popular “blitz” talks, we are holding the UO’s Three Minute Thesis competition in conjunction with Grad Forum. Three Minute Thesis presentations will be one of the presentation formats.  

Symposia need to include only TWO different departments this year (although we encourage you to indulge your interdisciplinary desires to the maximum extent!). If you have an idea about a symposium and need help fleshing it out or finding other participants to complete your symposium, please contact Sara Hodges at

Grad Forum is open to new presenters whose research is ready to go public. We also encourage more seasoned participants to take advantage of this lively exchange of ideas. Please consider applying!

Deadline for Poster, 3 Minute Thesis, or Symposium submissions:  Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2 pm.

Apply now!


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