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2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium

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The Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Board will host the 2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium on Wednesday, March 11, from 12:00-5:00, in the Student Union. The colloquium provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their research in a conference setting. Students receive feedback from faculty and other graduate students in attendance and have an opportunity to practice their presentation skills. Selection to take part in the Graduate Student Research Colloquium makes a wonderful entry on student résumés and curriculum vitae. All graduate students in the college are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration of oral presentations and poster sessions at this year’s colloquium.

Students can submit a maximum of two abstracts as primary author. Original research conducted in conjunction with graduate studies is the expectation for each abstract submission. If your presentation involved data from human subjects, you will need to obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  For assistance with the IRB process, contact the professor guiding your research or the Office of Institutional Review Board.

Members of the 2019-2020 Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Board will conduct a “blind-review” of abstract submissions for the 2020 Research Colloquium, selecting one outstanding abstracts from each of the eight academic departments in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Four of these eight will be selected to receive a professional development award of $1,000.00 for conducting a 15-minute oral presentation at the colloquium. Selection of additional abstracts will allow students to participate in the Colloquium’s poster session, which will be held during the research colloquium. Students determined by faculty and attendees to have the top posters will also have an opportunity to receive professional development funds, typically in the range of $100 – $250.  *If more than one author is on an abstract selected for an oral presentation, the award will be divided equally among the authors.

Instructions and templates for designing posters can be found on the UTK Brand Guidelines page.

Additional supports and tips for developing posters may be found on Colin Purrington’s excellent blog.

Abstracts need to include

  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s academic department
  3. Student’s UT e-mail address
  4. Title of research project
  5. Purpose (i.e. class project, IRB approved research project, etc.)

Abstracts should be a maximum of 350 words and submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. (**Note-this has been extended to January 22, 2020.) Submissions will be assessed and ranked based on scores on this Colloquium Proposal Rubric for 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Student Advisory Board. This is a great opportunity to showcase your research as a graduate student in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Submit Your Abstract


Colloquium Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should submit proposals for the CEHHS Graduate Student Research Colloquium?

  • Any graduate student in CEHHS who would like the opportunity to practice presenting their research

How many students are selected to participate?

  • There will be four oral presentations selected.
  • 32 open slots for poster presentations.[/collapse]

How are the presenters selected?

  • Members of the Graduate Student Advisory Board in conjunction with the Assistant and Associate Deans conduct a blind review of the proposal abstracts to select the oral and poster presentations. The 2020 Colloquium Proposal Rubric is used for consistency.

How are the awards determined?

There are 3 types of awards:

  • All oral presenters will receive a $1,000 travel award from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • The poster presentations will be judged by a panel of CEHHS faculty members. The top two poster presentations will receive a travel award. The amount is TBD.
  • All attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite oral and poster presentations.

How much will it cost to print a poster for the poster presentation?

What about other materials?

  • The college will provide foam boards, binder clips, and easels for the poster presentations.