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University community prepares for third annual Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Students’ Association plans week-long event in support of the discovery and dissemination of research.

(March 22, 2023) - The third annual Graduate Research Symposium, a week-long event that promotes graduate student research at Laurentian University, will take place in the Fielding Innovation Center on March 27th to 31st, 2023. This student-led ‘Discovery and Dissemination’ event is spearheaded by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) with support from the Office of Graduate Studies

Presentations about research projects from students and candidates enrolled in Master and PhD programs will be offered. A volunteer panel of faculty will award prizes to the best presentation delivered in each faculty: Education and Health, Science, Engineering and Architecture, Management, and Arts. Awards will also be distributed for the top French presentation and top Indigenous content presentation. Judges will be looking for presentation skills, audience engagement, structure of research, audio visuals, and critical analysis or interpretation. 

“The Graduate Research Symposium is an event hosted by grad students for grad students,” said GSA President, Meghan McCue. “It showcases the excellent research being done by graduate students across the university. It is a great opportunity for students to share proposals, progress, and new discoveries with students and faculty from all departments.” McCue is a PhD candidate in Biomolecular Sciences

Graduate students also have the opportunity to compete in Laurentian’s 3 minute thesis (3MT®). The 3MT® is a university-wide academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (Australia), in which participants present their research in 3 minutes or less to a panel of judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.

Laurentian’s 3MT® competition winner will be invited to compete at Provincial Finals to be held at Queen’s University on May 17th, 2023.

Speaking positively about the upcoming symposium, Laurentian’s Vice President of Research, Dr. Tammy Eger said: “We are very proud of the dedication of our graduate student body whose research and scholarship continues to address important questions that impact our community. The Graduate Student Symposium and 3MT® offers a unique opportunity to showcase the tireless efforts of graduate students, often done in partnership with industry and community partners.” 

All are invited to take part in this week-long event. The Symposium presentation schedule with abstracts can be found here.