Graduate School

Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium (photo above from the 2016 Symposium) features scholarly and creative activity of UNCP's graduate students. 

The Graduate School annually hosts a Graduate Research Symposium.  In a manner similar to a conference poster session, students present their research or scholarly projects in poster format (or other) and are present to answer attendees’ questions related to their work. New to 2017, the Symposium will include research papers and 3-Minute Thesis competitions. For the first time, there are three categories of presentations and winners of the competitions will receive monetary prizes!

Thank you so much to our Graduate Research Symposium sponsor: Office of Sustainabilitysustainability_preserve_logo


Graduate Research Symposium 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
5:30 p.m.
UC Annex

Graduate Research Symposium Proposal


There are now three categories of submissions for the Graduate Research Symposium:

  1. Research Posters and Creative Works.  Posters are to be sent to The Graduate School electronically one week prior to Symposium--March 28, 2017.
  2. Research Papers are to be sent to The Graduate School electronically two weeks prior to Symposium--March 21, 2017)
  3. Three Minute Thesis (3MT). A video of student giving the three minute presentation is to be emailed to The Graduate School one week prior to the Symposium--March 28, 2017).

All Research Papers and 3MT presentations entered will be judged.

Research poster presenters can elect to have their work judged or not judged at the Symposium. Three posters presenters will be invited to attend and present their work with other graduate students from across the state to N.C. legislators at an annual Graduate Education Day held each May at the legislative building in Raleigh, N.C.

During the symposium, poster presenters will stand with their posters and describe their work to those who stop by and ask questions.

Also during the symposium, program directors and students from the various graduate programs are available to address inquiries related to program-specific admission requirements, program components, and curricula for the Open House portion of the event.


More Information:

Student work for all categories must be original and developed as a graduate student at UNCP.  Presenters may be recent UNCP graduates.

Research Posters:

Students develop a semi-professional poster presenting their original research. Posters should be 3 ft x4 ft in size.

Many thanks to our Office of Sustainability who is helping us pay for poster printing this year!*


If your work is approved and you are having the poster printed on campus for the our Symposium (paid for by a gift from the Office of Sustainability) you must submit your poster before Tuesday, March 28, at the following link: (see directions on link).

Research Papers

A new category for students whose research can't be properly portrayed on a poster.  Students submit their paper two weeks prior to the symposium.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT):

A research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland for doctoral students, the 3MT is a now a popular competition in which graduate students present their research in a compelling, three-minute speech, relaying the significance and relevance to a non-specialist audience. The time limitations force the presenter to consolidate their work and ideas.  The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills.  Videos of three minute presentation must be submitted one week before the Symposium.  Submitted videos will be shown during Symposium.  Winners will be asked to present their 3MT. More Information on 3MT

Helpful links:


Don’t forget to mark your calendar and I look forward to seeing you on April 4.