Symposium FAQs

  • When and where is the Symposium?
    The Fourth AGS Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the UCI Student Center.
  • When is the application deadline?
    It is March 31st. Other important dates:

    Training Sessions Date Venue
    Group Training Session April 3rd and April 11th  TBA
    Individual Training Session 1  April 10th AGS Office, at the Student Center
    Individual Training Session 2 April 11th AGS Office, at the Student Center
    Individual Training Session 3 April 17th AGS Office, at the Student Center
  • How can I help out with this event?
    We sure could use some help, so please contact to volunteer!
  • Can I present a poster and oral talk?
    No, you are only allowed to present one. Email if you choose to switch your style of presentation after submission.
  • Is lunch provided?
    No, but we will have a light breakfast and food during the networking sessions!
  • When can I set up my poster/talk?
    There will be a lead in every oral presentation room that will pull up all talks. Posters can be put up in the 30 minute breaks in between sessions.
  • Can masters and professional students apply?
    Yes, you must be a current UC Irvine graduate or professional student in order to submit your research to the AGS Symposium.
  • Does research have to be complete to be considered?
    No, research can be in-progress or from a classroom project.
  • Can I submit co-authored abstracts? Are my co-authors allowed to submit their own abstracts?
    Yes, you may submit co-authored abstracts. There is a button to add lines in the application for additional authors.  Anyone listed as a secondary author on one abstract is welcome to submit their own first-author abstract for presentation.
  • What if I am a postdoctoral scholar at UC Irvine?
    Individuals in postdoctoral status are not eligible to apply, but may serve as judges in the competition.
  • What if I collect research data at the UC Irvine Medical Center, but go to a different school?
    Students must be enrolled at UC Irvine to participate in the AGS Symposium.
  • What should I do if I’m having trouble submitting my application?
    Please contact with any technical issues.
  • How many applications will be accepted?
    All applicants who submitted an abstract by the deadline will be invited to present on Symposium Day.
  • Who judges selected participants?
    Judges are made up of UC Irvine faculty, administrators, college deans, department chairs, postdoctoral scholars, and industry professionals.
  • What are the criteria for judging?
    We want to see talks that can be compelling to a general audience outside of your field.  See for the judging rubric.
  • Who can attend the symposium to view oral talks or poster presentations?
    The symposium is open to the public. Registration is not required but HIGHLY recommended.
  • How are students awarded their prizes?
    Awarded students will receive their prizes approximately 8-12 weeks after the event in the form of checks, to be picked up at the office of Student Government.
  • If I won last year am I eligible to win this year?
    Participants who won last year are still eligible to win this year.