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Graduate Student Research Symposium



Open to Duquesne University graduate students from all disciplines, the GSRS allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience presenting research, receive a mark of distinction for their CVs, practice for job interviews and/or future national conferences, and interact with peers and faculty from various disciplines.

Graduate Student Research Symposium

2015 Graduate Symposium Proceedings

Download a pdf copy of the 2015 Proceedings containing full papers submitted by oral presenters, award winners, abstracts, and more.

Need help preparing a poster? For poster tips and examples, view our Academic Poster Guide powerpoint.

Questions? Contact Mary McConnell, Office of Research, mcconnellm@duq.edu, 412.396.1537


Click the buttons below to view program booklets, award winners, and photographs from past symposia.


GSRS Awards and Sponsors

A special thanks to our sponsors who make these awards possible!

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Excellence in Graduate Research: 2 awards, $300 each

Award Criteria

Center for African Studies

Award for Graduate Student Research: $350

Award Criteria

Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition & Spiritan Studies

Award for Graduate Student Research: 2 awards,  $300 each

Award Criteria

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Outstanding Poster or Presentation: $250

School of Nursing

Award for Graduate Research: $250

Award Criteria

Office of the Provost

Provost's Award for Outstanding Scholarship: $250

Honorable Mention: 2 awards, $125 each

Award Criteria

Phi Kappa Phi

Outstanding Research Award: $500

Honorable Mention: 2 awards: $250 each

Award Criteria


Graduate Student Research Symposium

Submission form is closed at this time. The 2016 online abstract submission form will open in June.

Note: The submission form only accepts one entry per user. If you plan to participate in both a group and as an individual, you may only be the primary author on one submission.

****Please Read the Rules & Regulations PRIOR to submission.****

For questions or concerns, please contact Mary McConnell in the Office of Research, 412-396-1537 or mcconnellm@duq.edu.

Rules & Regulations
  • Must be a current Duquesne University graduate student (Masters or Doctoral, full or part-time).
  • All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • Students may submit research or scholarship work initiated during their academic work at Duquesne, but not yet published or presented in their professional arena.
  • Participants must be present the day of the symposium.
Submission Process
  • Abstracts are to be submited via our online submission form (click the registration tab at the top of this page). The deadline is listed on the home page.
  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less
  • A selection committee will review all proposals.
  • Please note: Our submission form will accept only one abstract per user.
  • Because our submission form accepts only one abstract per user, projects with multiple authors should choose one person from the group to submit on the group's behalf. This person will then act as the "group leader," forwarding all information to his or her co-authors.
    Poster Presentations
    • Posters should be no larger than 36" by 48".
    • Posters should contain a prominent title, name the authors, & effectively convey the findings of your research or scholarship.
    • Participants may either elect to use a corkboard or a table for poster display. If your project is going to be 3D (such as a tri-fold or containing props, a computer, etc), we suggest the use of a table. If your poster is going to be flat, we suggest that you use a corkboard.
    • Some students may choose to bring a computer in the case that their project requires it. Those who plan on this should choose a table for display.
    • Notification for acceptance into the GSRS poster session will be given by email no more than one week after the deadline.
    Oral Presentations
    • Abstracts for oral presentations must be submitted by the deadline listed on the home tab.
    • Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. 
    • PowerPoint will be available for those who are interested.
    • Students who are not selected to orally present may have the opportunity to participate in a poster session.
    • Notification of selection of GSRS oral presenters will be given 1 to 1.5 weeks after the deadline.
    • If selected to present, a completed paper of no more than 3500 words must be submitted via email 2 week after the event. This will be printed in a digital University sponsored publication, to be available through the website.
    • The paper must be in the following format:
      -Paper must be submitted in Microsoft Word .doc format ONLY.
      -Font: Times New Roman Size: 11 point, Color: Black
      -Margins: Standard 1"
      -Spacing: double spaced
      -Paper should be no more than 3500 words. 
    • Awards will be presented to a select number of students who show outstanding research and scholarship.
    • Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the end of the symposium. Students will be given a gift such as a travel mug or flashdrive at the time of the announcement. In the week following, the winners' information will be collected so that monetary checks can be processed.
    • Submissions for each presenter will be printed in a University sponsored publication, to be distributed at the event and available through the University for the following year.