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39th Annual GPSS Research Symposium and Exposition

This year’s theme: Looking to Our Roots: Community Engagement, Creative Collaboration, and Conscientious Research

The GPSS Research Symposium and Exposition is a unique opportunity for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to bring together ideas and research findings from different disciplines and showcase their scholarly pursuits and achievements. It provides a platform for exhilarating exchanges of ideas, invigorating interactions, and valuable networking between participants, faculty, departments, and research entities, which could pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and future collaboration. 

The Graduate School provides a generous level of funding to cover our operating costs. The scholarship monies awarded to winners are generously donated by many offices, colleges, departments, programs, and schools of the university. The Spring 2023 event will be our 39th Annual GPSS Research Symposium and Exposition! While your research need not be interdisciplinary, please prepare your materials with a broad audience in mind.

We are accepting abstracts and proposals for poster or talk presentations and creative installations (e.g., performances or showcases). Submissions from graduate and advanced undergraduate students (final year of undergraduate study) are welcome.

Please submit abstracts by February 1st, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST in the Submissions Portal (tinyurl.com/gpssresearchsymposium). Accepted submissions will be notified by February 28th, 2023, at the latest. For support, please email the GPSS Research Symposium co-chairs, Kaylee Petraccione and Mae  Early-Wilmer, at gpssresearchsymposium@vt.edu

Submission Instructions:

  • The submissions will be accepted until February 1st, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST in the Submissions Portal
  • Abstract submissions are limited to 300 words or less.
  • Please remember that you MUST communicate your research to a broader audience than your discipline and related fields. Be careful with technical jargon, and be sure to define terms as necessary. Your judges may not be familiar with your area and must be able to understand your research clearly.
  • All abstracts should be submitted as .pdf files.
  • All presenters are encouraged to submit an optional graphical abstract (single panel) in addition to the required worded abstract. Graphical abstracts are intended to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and help readers quickly identify research relevant to their research interests. 
  • For Creative Installations, please be prepared to provide an additional statement (1 page max) describing the logistics of your presentation, such as spatial and equipment requirements.


Applications for reviewers and judges will open shortly.

Call for Reviewers: review abstracts submitted by prospective presenters, organize materials for the event, ensure activities on the day of the event run smoothly, set up event rooms before start of event, tear down rooms at conclusion of event, support judges, presenters, and other volunteers on the day of the event.

Call For Judges: We value the advice of our faculty, professional staff, researchers, and advisors. Please invite them to join us as judges! They, too, will receive a token of our regard (and free food during the live event), but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to give valuable professional feedback. We ask that our volunteer judges commit to at least one time slot from 9 am-4 pm on the day of the symposium (generally one hour long). 

Please encourage your faculty to join us in this opportunity to mentor the next generation of scholars!

Judge responsibilities: evaluate presenters using the rubric provided, ask questions that encourage the presenters to deeply explain their research, create a safe and encouraging environment in which our researchers may develop necessary professional presentation skills.