Graduate Research Symposium

Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium (photos above are from the 2019 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. There are three categories of presentations and winners of the competitions will receive monetary prizes!


Graduate Research Symposium 2020

April 6, 2020
5:30 p.m.
UC Annex

There are 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.
  2. Research Papers are to be sent to The Graduate School electronically two weeks prior to Symposium.
  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.

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 in two to three minutes 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.



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



Students develop a semi-professional poster presenting their original research. Posters should be 3 ft x4 ft in size. Posters must be submitted via email to Dr. Bumin ( and to printing one week before the Symposium.

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 AT LEAST ONE WEEK (7 calendar days) prior to symposium at the following LINK (see directions on link). Please submit posters sized appropriately in PPTx, PDF, PSD, or JPG formats. A PPT template can be downloaded from our Poster Basics page.


A new category for students whose research can't be properly portrayed on a poster. Students submit their paper via email to to Dr. Bumin (kirill.bumin@uncp.edutwo weeks prior to the symposium.


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 via email to Dr. Bumin ( one week before the Symposium. Submitted videos will be shown during Symposium. Winners will be asked to present their 3MT. More Information on 3MT

Questions? Contact Dr. Kirill Bumin at or 910.521.6603.


Graduate Research Symposium 2019 Winners


Poster Competition Winners:

First place. $150 award winner:

  • William Dixon, Health and Human Performance, Exercise Sport Administration: Nutrition Practices and Knowledge in Collegiate Athletes. (Mentor: Dr. Leah Fiorentino)

Second place, $100 award winner:

  • Allyson Overly and Kristen Weibe, Professional School Counseling: Can Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma (CBITS) Help Students Affected by Trauma?  (Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Ricks)

Third place, $50 award winner:

  • Kylie Bechdolt, Public Administration: Catalysts and Barriers to Verbal Expertise. (Mentor: Dr. Joe West)


Research Paper Competition Winner, $150 award:

  • Robyn McNeil, English Education: Blues, Body and Soul: The Representation of African American Women Blue Entertainers in Poetry. (Mentor:  Dr. Michele Fazio)


3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Winner, $150 award:

  • Gwendolyn Coker, Professional School Counseling: Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Review of Literature for Professional School Counselors. (Mentor:  Dr. Jeffrey Warren)

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Tristian Bailey, Public Administration: A Small Window of Childbearing Opportunity. (Mentor:  Dr. Joe West)
  • Emily Tellman, Public Administration: Working Smarter or Harder? The Relationship between Atypical Work Schedules and Quality of Life. (Mentor:  Dr. Joe West)

Posters competition winners will join other representatives from graduate schools across the state to present their work to the N.C. legislators at an annual Graduate Education Day in Raleigh, N.C.

Many thanks to our excellent panel of dedicated judges:  Drs. Susan Peters, Roger Ladd, Sojin Jang, Gary Mauk, Nicole Stargell, and Velinda Woriax!


Thank you so much to our Graduate Research Symposium sponsor, the Office of Sustainability!


Graduate Research Symposium 2019 pictures