Graduate Student Research Symposium


The Graduate School (TGS), in collaboration with the Graduate Student Association (GSA), is proud to carry on the tradition of providing students with the opportunity to showcase their research accomplishments on the MSU campus by sponsoring the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS). The 20th GSRS will be held virtually October 23, 2021. 

Join us virtually by visiting the Graduate Student Research Symposium event page (more information coming soon). This event page will show all poster presentations and live session times. 

Register for the Fall 2021 Graduate Student Research Symposium HERE. Registration starts September 6.


Graduate Student Research Symposium

The Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) is an interdisciplinary forum comprised of a series of oral and poster presentations by graduate students from across the MSU campus. The GSRS was designed to highlight the quality and diversity of graduate-level research at MSU. The GSRS serves as an opportunity for graduate students to gain experience giving presentations and to receive meaningful feedback from an evaluative panel of established MSU faculty members and researchers in a conference-style venue.

The symposium, which is open to the entire Mississippi State University community, provides graduate students an opportunity to present their research and innovative ideas to a broad and diverse audience. GSRS presenters must be registered, full-time MSU graduate students who are conducting thesis or dissertation research, and in good academic standing at the time of abstract submission. Selected participants will receive monetary awards in four categories.


A First place, $300 award, and a Second place, $150 award and a third place, $50 award will be recognized in each of the following categories for both oral and poster presentations:

  • Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business
  • Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Engineering



The 2021 Virtual Fall Graduate Research Symposium will include oral and poster presentations.

September 6             Registration opens
October 11                Registration closed by 11:59 p.m.
October 18                Poster Presentation and pre-recorded videos due
October 22                Symposium website available to view poster presentations
October 23                Symposium with Poster Q&A sessions and Oral Presentations

After you have registered and submitted your abstract, you will receive an e-mail by October 13 with instructions on how to submit your poster and pre-recorded oral presentation.


Participants will be allowed 10-12 minutes in length for their oral presentation, with 3 minutes allowed for questions at the end of the session.  Presentations may take the form of a pre-recorded video or live presentation, but all presenters must be present to participate in the live Q&A session on October 23

Live Presentation

Presenters will be assigned a designated time during one of the live sessions to present. Presenters will receive additional information about their specific presentation time before the symposium.

Pre-recorded Presentation

Presenters must submit their pre-recorded oral presentation by October 18. Presenters will be assigned a designated time during one of the live sessions for Q&A.



Poster Presentations will be displayed virtually through a Symposium website. Presenters must submit their poster presentation by October 18. When creating the poster, please limit the dimensions to 40" (w) by 40" (h) and PDF size must be no more than 10MB.

All poster presenters must be present at the designated time to answer questions during the Symposium and will be assigned a time on October 23 during one of the live sessions to participate in Q&A.



The Mitchell Memorial Library will be offering workshops to help you prepare and practice your presentation. Click here for the flyer!

The Library AV studio is available to you to record your presentation. Please visit to learn more or make a studio reservation.

Please contact Stephanie Agnew for any questions regarding the workshops at



Faculty who would like to participate as judges for the Fall 2021 Graduate Student Symposium, please complete this form.