Graduate Research Symposium

 Duquesne University's Office of Research and Innovation hosts an annual Graduate Research Symposium, allowing DU grad students from all disciplines the opportunity to present their research and other forms of scholarship with faculty, peers, and the local community.

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2022 GRS

The 2022 virtual (March 14-18) was hosted on Symposium by ForagerOne. View Posters and Videos!

Congratulations to our Award Winners!       

Program Booklet with student Abstracts                                                                                               

Deadlines

Abstracts Due: The deadline to submit an abstract has passed. 

Upload Deadline for Participants: March 7 (All participants must upload their virtual posters and videos to the Symposium platform.)

Blue artistic design with lab supplies, music, and person with lab coat

About the Design

Durwash Badr
Design Contest Winner
Biomedical Engineering
Junior, Duquesne University

Durwash's design has been incorporated into all promotional materials associated with the 2022 GRS!The image uses DU colors, and portrays a galaxy of information highlighting how different departments can come together (representing the sciences, liberal arts, and more). The figure wears a coat to signify intellect, while the circles and question marks represent the brain in motion. 

Graduate Research Week

Virtual poster sessions and accompanying videos will be available for browsing the entire week. Students, faculty, judges, and attendees will encouraged to interact via question and comment. Live presentations will take place on designated days/times via the Symposium platform.

Attending the Virtual Event

  • Symposium platform (To launch on March 14)
  • Live Oral Presentation Schedule and presentation links will be available under the "Live Sessions" tab on Symposium site. Presentations will take place Thursday/Friday.
  • Posters with accompanying videos will be available all week under the "Presentations" tab on the Symposium site.
  • Throughout the week, student participants, attendees, faculty, and judges are encouraged to comment on posters and ask questions.
  • Workshops (links will be available via the virtual live sessions tab the week of the event).

Presentation Formats

Note: In order to present a poster/video/oral presentation in this event you MUST have previously submitted an abstract. The DU community and public are encouraged to browse through presentations when our event is live.

Poster Sessions (Virtual)

  • Virtual Poster Session will take place on an online platform Symposium by Forager One.
  • Create a pdf. of your poster.
  • Create a 2-3 minute video or audio explanation to accompany the poster. Students will upload their videos to YouTube and then share the unlisted YouTube link with us (instructions will be sent out to participants).
  • Posters and accompanying videos will be uploaded by YOU no later than one week prior to the event. Upload instructions will be sent out to participants.
  • Peers, faculty, and staff will comment throughout the week asking questions and encouraging responses.

Oral Presentations via Zoom

  • Live oral presentations (15 minutes each) will take place on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18.
  • If you are selected to give an oral presentation, you will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the URSS Proceedings published in the DU Scholarship Collection.
  • Oral presenters are chosen by a peer selection committee. Slots are limited. You will be informed sometime after the deadline whether or not you have been selected. 

Award Opportunities

Various departments and centers at Duquesne sponsor monetary awards for this event. Judges will view poster and video presentations throughout the week. Award winners will be posted on our website and notified via email no later than one week following the conclusion of the event. Winners will be invited to submit papers for digital publication on the DU Scholarship Collection. To view award opportunities, visit the GRS home page and click the "Awards" tab.

2021 Virtual Graduate Research Symposium 

The Duquesne community learned together as 89 graduate students from 7 schools virtually presented their research during the annual 2021 Graduate Research Symposium in March. Congratulations to the 2021 award winners and to everyone who participated to make this event a success. All 2021 research entries are still available to view.

2021 Virtual Graduate Symposium Award Winners


Need help preparing a poster? For poster tips and examples, view our Academic Poster Guide powerpoint.

Questions? Contact Mary McConnell, Office of Research and Innovation, mcconnellm@duq.edu, 412.396.1537

Archive
GRS Archive

GRS abstracts, award winners, and program booklets have been relocated to the DU Scholarship Collection through Gumberg Library!

Awards

GSRS Awards and Sponsors

A special thanks to our sponsors who make these awards possible!

Note: Awards and amounts are subject to change at any time. If you participate in the GRS as part of a group, the final amount will be split between group members. 

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Excellence in Graduate Research: 2 awards, $300 each

Award Criteria

Center for African Studies

Award for Graduate Student Research in African Studies: $400
Award for Graduate Student Research in Global Studies: $400

Award Criteria

Center for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research

CETR Award for Graduate Research: $250

The aim of this award is to recognize and celebrate research that contributes to authentic partnerships between scholars and community that generates knowledge that is relevant to disciplinary discovery as well as application to community concerns. The award will include a prize of $250 as well as a gift to the researcher's community partner.

Award Criteria

Center for Catholic Faith & Culture

Common Good Research Award: $500

The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture (CCFC) join the Office of Research in supporting outstanding research and scholarship among graduate students at the Graduate Student Research Symposium.Research projects in the liberal arts, business, the professions, the sciences, and music all bear on our prospects for nurturing the common good. The common good refers to the array of tangible and intangible social conditions (e.g., food, shelter, education, healthcare, happiness, human dignity) that are necessary to promote the flourishing and well-being of all persons. Supporting and working for such universal rights is a foundational pillar of the Catholic faith which advocates for a more just society for all, regardless of economic or social status, faith tradition, race, culture, etc.

Award Criteria

Center for Global Health Ethics

Award for Graduate Research in Ethics: $250

This award aims to promote the interest of students for issues in healthcare ethics within contemporary society and culture. It also intends to encourage graduate research in the area of healthcare ethics. The HCE price is for the presentation that best highlights ethical issues in healthcare and ethical dimensions of developments in science and technology for human health and wellbeing.

Award Criteria

Center for Migration, Displacement and Community Studies

Outstanding Graduate Research Award: $200

This award aims to propagate awareness and concerns related to migration, displacement and community through original research. Eligible projects focus on creating awareness about these issues in our communities from any disciplinary perspective.

Criteria: Criteria: Judges will assess the following elements of the research: 1) Connection to themes of migration, displacement and community studies; 2) Scholarly merit including: originality of research and contribution to the field; clear articulation of the research question, existing literature, methods, and contributions to the field.

Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Award for graduate student research in Women's and Gender studies: $250

Award Criteria

Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library Award for Graduate Research: $500

Honorable Mention: $100

Award Criteria

Oral History Initiative Award: $300

Award Criteria

Institute for Ethics and Integrity in Journalism

Top Graduate Research Project/Poster: $250

The DU Institute for Ethics and Integrity in Journalism will be presenting its inaugural award to the top graduate research symposium project that tackles a current issue in local or national journalism ethics. The winning entry will not only identify and elaborate on an ethical issue in journalism today but create an avenue for discourse about journalism ethics and offer possible solutions in a rigorously researched and presented.

Award Criteria

Mary Pappert School of Music

Mary Pappert Shcool of Music Graduate Award: $250

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Outstanding Poster or Presentation: $250

School of Nursing

Award for Graduate Research: $250

Award Criteria

Office of the Provost

Provost's Award for Outstanding Scholarship: 3 awards, $150 each

Award Criteria

Phi Kappa Phi

Outstanding Research Award ($200) and one Honorable Mention ($100).

Award Criteria

Rangos School of Health Sciences

Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Graduate Research: $250

Award Criteria

FAQs
Background Information
What is the GRS?

Held annually each spring, the Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) allows DU grad students from all areas of study to showcase research and other forms of scholarship to faculty, peers, and the local community. GRS consists of a poster session and oral podium presentations. The GRS also now has a virtual presence with online posters and videos hosted on Symposium by Forager One. Participants in the GRS are eligible for several monetary awards.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Who is eligible to participate in the GRS?

The GRS is open to DU graduate students from all disciplines who have completed or are in the process of completing individual or collaborative research as part of a course or path of study or specialization.

How do I participate in the GRS?

Participants must submit an abstract and information by the deadline specified on our main page. Registration typically opens late fall semester and the deadline is usually about one month from the event (which takes place in March).

Registration will include:
• Student contact info + program, school, year.
• Faculty Advisor name & email.
• Group members' names/info (if applicable).
• Title of your project and an abstract (max. 350 words)
• If you would like to participate in the poster session (all are accepted), be considered for an oral podium presentation, or both.

Does my project have to be from the semester during which the GRS occurs?

No. We accept projects from either semester, as long as your work was completed as a student at Duquesne.
My research or project is not yet complete. Am I still able to submit an abstract?
Yes. Your project does not necessarily have to be complete at the time of submission or when you present.

Project Questions
What kind of research/projects are accepted?

Most presentations are based on projects associated with a class taken at Duquesne. Many students build presentations around projects from class, research papers, a thesis, service project, etc. We accept individual and group presentations from all disciplines in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Due to time limitations, we limit the number of students who present orally. However, all students who submit a valid abstract will be accepted to the poster session. The online abstract submission allows individuals & groups to register for the symposium.

Can group work be presented at the symposium?

Yes! Research and scholarship often involves peers and collaborators. If you are submitting a group project, please choose ONE group member to register on the group's behalf. This person will act as the "group leader" and will be in charge of forwarding any communication to the other members. Please use caution when filling out the registration form, because the information provided may appear on name tags, programs, and other printed materials.

I'm planning on presenting my project at another symposium. Am I allowed to use the same project for the GRS?

Yes. The GRS is a great venue to practice for upcoming symposia or other professional events. Please note: if the other conference has difference poster dimensions, you MUST inform the Office of Student Research at the time of submission or no later than the deadline in order for us to accommodate you.

Do you accept projects in formats other than posters?

Yes! The GRS celebrates research and scholarship from all disciplines. We realize that not all forms of scholarship are best represented in a poster format. Over the years, we have had a variety of creative displays of scholarship. From instrumental performances of original compositions to slideshows on laptops displaying photographs from service projects, we try our best to accommodate your work.

Does my research project require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review/approval?

If you are interacting with human subjects or analyzing data from human subjects, your research will need to be reviewed before you begin your project. If you are uncertain about whether your project needs reviewed, please contact one of the IRB review faculty in your school to discuss the details of the project. If it is determined that your research does need review, you should allow for 20 - 45 days depending on the type of review. Developing your skills as a researcher requires good ethical practices, including how best to engage with the IRB process. If IRB is required, you will also need to complete the CITI Training on ethical research practices. To learn more about the IRB at Duquesne University, including the CITI Training, visit http://www.duq.edu/mentor. The institution ID is duq and you can login with your multipass credentials. There is a great deal of information about CITI and the IRB submission process. Also, it will be important to work closely with your faculty advisor who can help you navigate the process.

Poster Presentations
What dimensions should my poster be?

Posters must be NO LARGER than 36" (tall) by 44" (wide). Students are required to share a corkboard or triangular display with one other student or group project. Therefore, it is important to stay within the dimensions to avoid having to overlap projects.

My project requires me to set up supporting material. Can I have a table to display this?

Yes. The online submission form will have a place to indicate Special Requests.

How will I know where to set up my poster?

Each participant is assigned an abstract number in the weeks leading up to the symposium. It's important that students check their email regularly for instructions and other information. Corkboards and tables will be labeled during the GRS set up.

Where can I get my poster printed on campus?
  • If you choose to have your poster printed, you can do so on campus at the Copy Center, located in the basement floor of Fisher Hall across from the elevators. Due to the high volume of participants, posters should be turned in to the Copy Center 7 days in advance of the GRS. This will help ensure timely and accurate delivery.
  • A 36" by 44" poster will be around $48. If your department is paying for the poster, the email MUST include a budget number, and whoever supplied that number MUST be CC'd in the email. If you are paying by cash or check, you should state that in the email. The copy center CANNOT ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT or PCARDS. The cost for printing is $1 per inch for the longer side so a 36" by 44" inch poster will be $44.
  • Posters should be submitted in Power Point format but pdf's are also accepted. Poster must be designed to the actual printed size (more on their website). Please name your file: 2022URSS-LASTNAME. Please submit all posters to the copy center via this email: copycenter@duq.edu.
  • Note: The Office of Student Research and Innovation does not handle poster printing. Questions regarding this should be directed to the copy center 412-396-5802.
Oral Presentations
Who is eligible to give an oral presentation?

Oral presenters are limited and are selected in advance by a peer review committee. If you are interested in giving an oral presentation, there will be a box to check on the online submission form. Abstracts from students who indicate that they are interested in orally presenting will be reviewed anonymously. Oral presenters will receive notification of their acceptance or rejection in the weeks following the submission deadline. 

If I am selected to orally present, am I required to also participate in the poster session?

YES! Judges will view posters both online and in-person, and having a visual is a great way to explain your research. 

What is the set-up of the oral presentation sessions?

The Oral Presentation sessions consist of a podium with a microphone, an audience, and a screen for power points or other media. The podium contains a computer and audio capabilities.

What is the time limit for my oral presentation?

Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes. We suggest that you build a little time into your presentation for Q & A.

The Virtual Symposium
What is a "Hybrid Event"?

A hybrid event occurs both in-person and online.

What are the features of the virtual symposium?

The Symposium by Forager One is a platform that allows students to feature virtual posters and accompanying videos explaining their research. 

Are we required to participate in the online symposium?

All GRS Poster participants must submit a virtual poster and accompanying video to our online platform Symposium by ForagerOne. Having an online presence allows us to expand our audience to community partners, faculty, staff, peers, alumni, and more.

Do we have to comment and participate online?

Throughout Graduate Research Week you should interact with posters online by using the comment function. Be sure to check your email for updates and answer any questions from peers or judges.

What should I include in my 2-3 minute video?

Your video should include an explanation of your research. This is your opportunity to practice and perfect your elevator speech, preparing you for live interactions in person.

How should I record my video?

We recommend recording your video using your computer's camera, the recording function on Zoom, or using your phone (just be sure that your phone is "landscape" style).

How do I upload my virtual poster and video to the Symposium by Forager One site?

• Upload your video to YouTube as an "Unlisted Video".
• Save the link to your video.
• The ORI will send instructions to all participants following the abstract deadline, including a link to the form that will be used to submit your information to Symposium by Forager One.
• You will need the following to complete your upload:
1. Link to your YouTube Video
2. Authors of Project
3. Title of Project
4. Abstract
5. A pdf copy of your poster

When will the Virtual Symposium take place?

The virtual GRS will take place the same week as the in-person event, but will be available Monday - Friday, 24 hours per day. A schedule of the online workshops will be posted closer to the time of the event.

Virtual Poster Sessions

The Virtual Poster Session will take place on an online platform Symposium by Forager One.
Create a pdf. of your poster.
Create a 2-3 minute video or audio explanation to accompany the poster. Students will upload their videos to YouTube and then share the unlisted YouTube link with us (instructions will be sent out to participants).
Posters and accompanying videos will be uploaded by YOU no later than one week prior to the event. Upload instructions will be sent out to participants.
Peers, faculty, and staff will comment throughout the week asking questions and encouraging responses.

Oral Presentations via Zoom

Live oral presentations (15 minutes each) will take place throughout the week via zoom. Schedule TBD.
If you are selected to give an oral presentation, you will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the URSS Proceedings published in the DU Scholarship Collection.
Oral presenters are chosen by a peer selection committee. Slots are limited. You will be informed sometime after the deadline whether or not you have been selected.

General Questions
When will I find out if I have been accepted to participate in the poster session?

All graduate students who submit a valid abstract are accepted into the poster session. We will inform you if there are any issues with your registration. Once the submission deadline has passed, you will begin to receive email correspondence from us with further instruction.

What should I wear to the GRS?

We suggest that you dress in business casual. This means no jeans, shorts, flip flops, etc.

I have class the day of the GRS. Can I still participate?

We understand that everyone's class and work schedules vary. If you have a prior professional commitment such as work or class, you are permitted to leave and then return to the symposium. We encourage you to inform your professors of your participation in the GRS.

Will there be food?

Yes. GRS Participants will be served boxed lunches, courtesy of the Office of the Provost. There will also be continental breakfast in the morning.

Awards and Judging
What sort of awards does the GRS have to offer?

Thanks to our generous departmental and organizational sponsors, there are several monetary award opportunities for student participants. Check out our awards page for more information.

How are the awards judged?

Judges representing various departmental and organizational sponsors will be given the abstracts in advance of the event. After the mandatory set-up the evening before the GRS, the judges will have the opportunity to view posters without the students present. At this time, some judges choose a select number of posters belonging to groups or individuals who they would like to talk with the next day. The day of the symposium, judges will also be present to interact with student. Judges will also view virtual posters online. Please note that due to the volume to presenters, not all students will get the chance to speak with judges in person.

I won an award at the GRS. How do I collect my winnings?

A representative from the sponsoring award will reach out to you via email  if they need additional information in order to process the award checks. Checks will be processed in the weeks following the event.


If you have additional questions, please contact Mary McConnell, Office of Research and Innovation, 412-396-1537 or mcconnellm@duq.edu.

Rules & Regulations
Eligibility
  • Must be a current Duquesne University graduate student from any discipline/program (Masters or Doctoral, full or part-time).
  • Students must submit research or scholarship work initiated or in progress during their academic work at Duquesne.
  • Participants must be present the day of the symposium.
Submission Process
  • Abstracts are to be submitted via our online submission form on the home page. The deadline is listed on the home page.
  • Abstracts word limit: 300 words 
  • Information needed for submission:
    -Key Author Name, Email, Department, School
    -Group Member Names
    -Faculty Advisor Name and Email - Note: Typically your faculty advisor is the person who assigned the initial research. However, if you did individual research, you will still need to list someone as your advisor. We suggest in this case that you contact a faculty member from your department and ask them to serve as your advisor for the purpose of this event. Please contact us with any questions.
    -Title of Research
    -Abstract
  • Because our submission form accepts only one abstract per user, projects with multiple authors should choose one person from the group to submit on the group's behalf. This person will then act as the "group leader," forwarding all information to his or her co-authors.
Human Subjects - Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review/Approval

Does my research project require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review/approval?
If you are interacting with human subjects or analyzing data from human subjects, your research will need to be reviewed before you begin your project. If you are uncertain about whether your project needs reviewed, please contact one of the IRB review faculty in your school to discuss the details of the project. If it is determined that your research does need review, you should allow for 20 - 45 days depending on the type of review. Developing your skills as a researcher requires good ethical practices, including how best to engage with the IRB process. If IRB is required, you will also need to complete the CITI Training on ethical research practices. To learn more about the IRB at Duquesne University, including the CITI Training, visit http://www.duq.edu/mentor. The institution ID is duq and you can login with your multipass credentials. There is a great deal of information about CITI and the IRB submission process. Also, it will be important to work closely with your faculty advisor who can help you navigate the process.

Poster Presentations
  • ALL posters should be no larger than 36" by 44".
  • Templates for Printing
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - 3 Column
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - 4 column
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - Phys Assistant
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 Small Columns
  • Posters should contain a prominent title, name the authors, & effectively convey the findings of your research or scholarship.
  • Poster must be designed to the actual printed size (more on their website)
  • Participants should have a flat poster for display. We will provide you with velcro or push pins to hang the poster on the display board.
  • Some students may choose to bring supplemental material for display such as a computer or another object. Please make note on your submission under "Special Requests" that you will need a table for display. These will NOT be automatically available the day of the event.
  • Poster Printing: Posters can be printed on campus at the copy center, located in the first floor of Fisher Hall across from the elevators. While the copy center will accept pdfs, Power Point is much easier to work with and format properly. There will be deadlines set each year for poster printing.  Please submit all posters to the copy center via email (copycenter@duq.edu). Please name your file: YEARGRS-LASTNAME. The cost for printing is $1 per inch for the longer side so a 36" by 44" inch poster will be around $48. If your department is paying for the poster, the email MUST include a budget number, and whoever supplied that number MUST be CC'd in the email. If you are paying by cash or check, you should state that in the email. The copy center CANNOT ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT or PCARDS. Contact: copycenter@duq.edu. 
  • Posters must be emailed to the copycenter@duq.edu no later than 7 business days prior to the event.
  • Note: The Office of Research and Innovation does not handle poster printing. Questions regarding this should be directed to the copy center 412-396-5802.
  • Notification for acceptance into the GRS poster session will be given by email no more than one week after the deadline.
Oral Presentations
  • To be considered for an oral podium presentation, you must select interest when submitting your abstract. 
  • Oral presenters are selected by a peer selection committee after the abstract deadline has passed.
  • IF you are selected to orally present you will still be required to participate in the poster session both in-person AND online.
  • Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. 
  • Notification of selection of GSRS oral presenters will be given 1 to 1.5 weeks after the deadline.
  • Oral Presenters are invited to submit a paper for online publication in the DU Scholarship Collection.
Awards
  • Awards will be presented to a select number of students who show outstanding research and scholarship.
  • Awards will be announced via email and online in the week following the event. Note: the award sponsor (sponsoring department) is responsible for processing award checks. The Office of Research and Innovation helps to coordinate awards, but ultimately the sponsoring department or school will contact you if they need additional information. It may take a few weeks following the event for award checks to be processed.
  • If your project is a GROUP project, the award money will be split evenly amongst group members.
  • Students who are selected for an award will have the opportunity to submit a full paper for publication in the GSRS Proceedings located in on the University Digital Commons.
DU Scholarship Collection
  • Students who participate in the Graduate Symposium who are selected to orally present or who win an award at the event will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the GSRS Proceedings on the DU Scholarship Collection site.
  • A completed paper of no more than 3500 words must be submitted via email 3 weeks after the event. 
  • Papers must be approved by faculty advisors. 
  • Submission process instructions will be emailed after the event.
  • Format: Times New Roman, 11 or 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins. Double spaced.