Symposium FAQs 2020

  • When and where is the Symposium?
    The Fifth AGS Graduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, May 29th, 2020. This year we will host the symposium online in support of the concept of “social distancing”.
  • When is the application deadline?
    It is May 15th. Other important dates:
  • When is the Coaching sessions?                                                              The  coaching sessions will be held online from May 11th-May 20th. More information and registration here.
  • 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.
  • Can masters and professional students apply?
    Yes, you must be a current UC 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, but it can’t be the same presentation.
  • What if I am a postdoctoral scholar at one of the UC campuses?
    Individuals in postdoctoral status are not eligible to apply, but may serve as judges in the competition. Please contact if you would like to serve as a judge.
  • What if I collect research data at the UC Irvine Medical Center, but go to a different school?
    Students must be enrolled at one of the UC campuses 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 are eligible to attend the Symposium.
  • Who judges selected participants?
    Judges are made up of UC campuses 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  view oral talks or poster presentations?
    The symposium is open to the public.
  • How are students awarded their prizes?
    Awarded students will receive their prizes after UCI campus is back to normal operation.
  • If I won last year am I eligible to win this year?
    Participants who won last year are still eligible to win this year IF the presentation material is significantly different from their previous presentations.