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What is the AGS Symposium?

The annual Graduate Research Symposium provides a venue for UCI to showcase outstanding graduate and professional student research. Graduate students are challenged to take the results of thousands of hours of academic research and discovery and present it in terms that a general audience can understand and appreciate.

On April 21, 2017, we invite students, faculty, and the local Orange County community to:

  • Interact with outstanding graduate student researchers. UCI graduate and professional students will present short “TED-style” talks in individual sessions aimed at a general audience.
  • Help judge the best speakers from our line-up of excellent talks. Judges and audience members will help decide which speakers gave the most accessible and engaging presentation. Winners will receive cash prizes.
  • Network with industry and academic professionals. A networking event at the end of the day will provide a space for all speakers and attendees to network with judges and local industry representatives.

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Format/Guidelines

This year’s Symposium will have 12 presentation sessions, with each session having 8 to 10 presenters. Talks are 7 minutes each with 2 minutes for questions. Presentations from the same or closely related fields are grouped into the same sessions.

Speakers are encouraged to target a general audience that is not well-informed in the specific area of research. There will be two winners in each session judged on the talks’ accessibility by a general audience, one based on the judges’ scores ($400 – subject to change) and one based on the audience’s scores ($200 – subject to change). The judging rubric can be found here.


Meet the Symposium Organizing Committee

 

Ankita Shukla — School of Biological Sciences
AGS Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee

I am a 4th year PhD student in the department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. I participated in the AGS Research Symposium last year, and I am excited to lead the organize and plan the event in 2017. I invite and encourage graduate students from all departments to participate in the AGS Symposium this year!

Rahmadi Trimananda — School of Engineering
AGS Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Computer Engineering / Computer Science. This is my second year involved with AGS and leading the AGS Symposium. I am excited to see how our Symposium 2017 will thrive with amazing presentations and knowledge sharing.

Alec Follmer — School of Biological Sciences

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

Blake Lane — School of Engineering
AGS Symposium Organizing Committee Member

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This is my first year involved with AGS and being on the AGS Symposium team. I love helping students develop their professional skills in activities such as Symposium 2017!

Jennifer Schuler — School of Engineering
AGS Symposium Organizing Committee Member

I am a 3rd year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. This is my first year involved with AGS and helping with the AGS Symposium. After a wonderful experience presenting in the Symposium last year, I am excited to contribute to the success of Symposium 2017.

Kate Forrest — School of Engineering
AGS Professional Development Committee Member / AGS Representative for Student Center Board

I am a 3rd year PhD student in Environmental Engineering. This is my first year in AGS, and I am looking forward to supporting professional development initiatives across the campus aimed at preparing graduate students for their prospective career paths.

Laleh A. Beni

Nicol Macias

Raji Nagala

Sarah Nainar — School of Biological Sciences

I am a 3rd year PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences.


agsWho are AGS?

Associated Graduate Students (AGS) is UC Irvine’s graduate student government. We advocate for graduate student needs and provide services ranging from social events to research travel grants.