Graduate Student Research Symposium


The Office of the Graduate School (OGS), 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). We are excited to offer a Spring Symposium in the Spring 2021 semester. The 19th GSRS will be held virtually February 27, 2021. 

Join us virtually by visiting the Spring 2021 Graduate Student Research Symposium through Symposium by ForagerOne (Use your MSU Email address to sign in - no registration needed). This event page will show all poster presentations and live session times starting on February 26, 2021. You can view the 2021 Research Symposium Program here

View the Event Flyer here!


MSU's Library is providing workshops for the Graduate Research Symposium to help you be successful. For more information visit their website


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:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Life and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  • Physics, Mathematics, computations Sciences and Engineering
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences



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

February 15        Abstract and registration due by 11:59 p.m.
February 22        Poster Presentation and pre-recorded videos due
February 26        Symposium website is open to view poster presentations and
                              post questions in the comment sections

February 27        Symposium with Poster Q&A sessions and Oral Presentations

After you have registered and submitted your abstract, you will receive an e-mail by February 17 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 February 27

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 February 22. Presenters will be assigned a designated time during one of the live sessions for Q&A.



Poster Presentations will be displayed through Symposium by ForagerOne. Presenters who have received a notification that their abstract has been approved will upload their poster PDF and an optional video (2-3 mins recommended) of themself describing their poster to Symposium by ForagerOne by February 22.

Symposium by ForagerOne has certain limitations:

  • PDF must be no more than 10MB in size
  • Upload the video to YouTube and paste the link in the submission form (only YouTube links will be supported and please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED)

All poster presenters must be present at the designated time to answer questions during the Symposium and will be assigned a time on February 27 during one of the live sessions to participate in Q&A.

Faculty Judges Volunteers

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