What is the AGS Symposium?

The annual Graduate Research Symposium provides a venue for UCI to showcase outstanding graduate and professional student research. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium board has decided to host the Symposium online and accept abstracts from all UC graduate students. This is a great opportunity for UC graduate students to come together as a community, present their science and make new connections. Graduate students from all UC campuses 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 May 29th, 2020, 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 or posters  in a format of a 7 minute long video. You have the opportunity to ask your questions from our presenters in the comment section.
  • Support the best speakers from our line-up of excellent talks and poster presentations. Judges and audience, will help decide which speakers gave the most accessible and engaging presentation. Winners will receive cash prizes!


Information about submission format and guidelines can be found here.

FAQ about the Symposium can be found here.

Meet the Symposium Organizing Committee

Marzieh Ataei – School of Engineering- University of California Irvine

AGS Symposium Chair

I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California Irvine. I have thoroughly enjoyed organizing this event and am happy to bring UC graduate community together in this difficult time.

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 UC’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.