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 26, 2019, 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.
  • Support the best speakers from our line-up of excellent talks and poster presentations. Judges 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.


This year’s Symposium will have 9 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. The number of poster sessions will be determined based on submission, but will also consist of a 7 minute general talk, with time for questions.

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

Meet the Symposium Organizing Committee

Caitlin N. Suire – School of Biological Sciences

AGS Symposium Chair

I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. This is my second year with AGS, and I have thoroughly enjoyed organizing this event. Professional development through networking and communication of our research to the community are important ways to prepare for a career and to engage the public in UCI’s fantastic education programs.



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.