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Research Symposium

We are delighted to announce the Fourth Annual Geography Graduate Research Symposium to be held on February 2, 2018! This event will showcase the amazing research that Geography graduate students are conducting. A post-symposium social will be hosted in the evening shortly after the event.

Presentation styles

Conference-style presentation plus Q/A (15 minutes)
Speed presentation of 3 minutes

Conference Style Presentations

Who should participate? Any graduate student enrolled in one of the degree programs offered by our department (MA, MS, & PhD in Geography, and PhD in Geography/ICON). These will be conference-style presentations with a 15 minute timed talk followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. Presenters should be well along (though not necessarily done) with their thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research in order to present preliminary or major findings (i.e., not research closer to the proposal stage).

Why should you participate? First, learning to effectively communicate your research is a critical facet of professional development and we all could use more opportunities to practice our skills in a safe and supportive environment. If you are going to present a paper at a major national conference, like the AAG, ASPRS or AMS, why not practice your talk now? Second, the Department is offering monetary awards to recognize  one Best Presentation Award and a couple of Audience Favorite awards. They will be great to add to your CV!

3MT Speed Presentations

UGA’s Graduate School holds a 3MT competition each Spring and we envision our Geography event as a great opportunity to try out the format and hone your skills at effective communication of your research.

Who should participate? Students who have a well-conceived research project underway and are anywhere from post-proposal all the way through to near completion. Both master’s and doctoral students will have three minutes to present their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance. Rather than a "dumbing-down" or simplification of their research, 3MT presentations are opportunities for students to condense their findings appropriately, and consolidate and crystallize their ideas and discoveries in a compelling manner.

Why should you participate? Presenters are allowed one powerpoint slide and three minutes. This exercise allows you to develop your presentation and research communication skills in a manner not afforded by the conventional paper presentations. Learning how to effectively explain your research in a language appropriate to non-specialist audiences is an important skill - and this format makes that practice a fun event, both to participate and to watch. Finally, the Department will recognize Audience Favorites selected by interactive online voting. It will be a great addition to your CV.

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