Graduate Student Research Symposium

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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 21st GSRS will be held Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Old Main Academic Center (please note the change in location).

The 2022 Graduate Research Symposium Program contains the schedule and all presenter information.


Register now until February 14th.
 Graduate Student Research Symposium Registration

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 2022 Spring Graduate Research Symposium will include oral and poster presentations.

January 18         Registration Opens
February 14       Abstract and registration due by 11:59 p.m.

February 18       Oral presentation schedule and Poster presentation map will be sent
February 26       Symposium



Participants will be allowed 8-10 minutes in length for their oral presentation, with 3-5 minutes allowed for questions at the end of the session.  Presentations may take the form of video, PowerPoint, or an alternative form of media if approved by the GSA ahead of time. Presenters must be present at the designated time to be eligible to compete for awards. Presenters will receive additional information about their specific presentation time before the symposium.


Posters should not exceed 40" (w) by 40" (h) in dimension. Presenters should bring any supplies needed to set up posters (Binder clips, Tape, etc). Easels and foam backboards will be provided for the posters. Any poster not removed at the end of the session will be held for one week in the Graduate School Office and then discarded. Presenters must be present at the designated time to answer questions during the Poster Competition in order to be eligible to compete for awards.


The Mitchell Memorial Library will be offering workshops to help you prepare and practice your presentation. Click here to see a list of workshops.

The Library AV studio is available to you to record your presentation for practice purposes. 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 Spring 2022 Graduate Student Symposium, please complete this form.


For questions, please contact the Graduate Student Association at, or
Lilli Harris, Program Coordinator of the Graduate School Development Programs, at