Graduate Student Research Symposium



Attention: The 2020 Graduate Research Symposium has been canceled. 

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

Link to program cover here.

JOIN US on March 20, 2020

View the schedule here!

Deadline for Abstract Submission has passed!

Award Winners 2019

Poster Printing

  • Posters can be printed on campus at the copy center, located in the first floor of Fisher Hall across from the elevators. While the copy center will accept pdfs, Power Point is much easier to work with and format properly.
  • Posters are printed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to submit your poster for printing is March 13th.
  • Please submit your posters as power point slides (sized 36" by 44"). They will accept PDFs, however Power Point is much easier to work with
  • Please name your file: YEARGSRS-LASTNAME. The cost for printing is $1 per inch for the longer side so a 36" by 44" inch poster will be around $44. The contact for the copy center is

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

Questions? Contact Mary McConnell-Krepps, Office of Research,, 412.396.1537


GSRS Awards and Sponsors

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

Note: Awards vary each year and are subject to change at any time. Below are awards that have been provided in the past. 

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 in African Studies: $400
Award for Graduate Student Research in Global Studies: $400

Award Criteria

Center for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research

CETR Award for Graduate Research: $250

The aim of this award is to recognize and celebrate research that contributes to authentic partnerships between scholars and community that generates knowledge that is relevant to disciplinary discovery as well as application to community concerns. The award will include a prize of $250 as well as a gift to the researcher's community partner.

Award Criteria

Center for Catholic Faith & Culture
Center for Spiritan Studies

Common Good Research Award: $500

The Center for Catholic Faith & Culture and Center for Spiritan Studies join the Office of Research in supporting outstanding research and scholarship. The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture will grant a "Common Good" award to the graduate student whose research includes the following:

• Focused primarily on a topic that is pertinent to the common good of persons
• Demonstrated alignment with Duquesne's Catholic, Spiritan mission
• Engagement with resources (concepts, theories, scholars, texts, communities, etc.) from Catholic or other religious traditions.

Award Criteria

Center for Healthcare Ethics

Award for Graduate Research in Ethics: $250

This award aims to promote the interest of students for issues in healthcare ethics within contemporary society and culture. It also intends to encourage graduate research in the area of healthcare ethics. The HCE price is for the presentation that best highlights ethical issues in healthcare and ethical dimensions of developments in science and technology for human health and wellbeing.

Award Criteria

Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Award for graduate student research in Women's and Gender studies: $150

Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library Award for Graduate Research: $500

Award Criteria

Oral History Initiative Award: $300

Award Criteria

Mary Pappert School of Music

Mary Pappert School of Music Graduate Award: $250

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: 3 awards, $150 each

Award Criteria

Phi Kappa Phi

Outstanding Research Award ($400) and one Honorable Mention ($100).

Award Criteria

Rangos School of Health Sciences

Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Graduate Research: $250

Award Criteria

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 must submit research or scholarship work initiated or in progress during their academic work at Duquesne.
  • 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
  • Information needed for submission:
    Key Author Name, Email, Department, School
    Group Member Names
    Faculty Advisor Name and Email - Note: Typically your faculty advisor is the person who assigned the initial research. However, if you did individual research, you will still need to list someone as your advisor. We suggest in this case that you contact a faculty member from your department and ask them to serve as your advisor for the purpose of this event. Please contact us with any questions.
    Title of Resarch
  • 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.
Human Subjects - Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review/Approval

Does my research project require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review/approval?
If you are interacting with human subjects or analyzing data from human subjects, your research will need to be reviewed before you begin your project. If you are uncertain about whether your project needs reviewed, please contact one of the IRB review faculty in your school to discuss the details of the project. If it is determined that your research does need review, you should allow for 20 - 45 days depending on the type of review. Developing your skills as a researcher requires good ethical practices, including how best to engage with the IRB process. If IRB is required, you will also need to complete the CITI Training on ethical research practices. To learn more about the IRB at Duquesne University, including the CITI Training, visit The institution ID is duq and you can login with your multipass credentials. There is a great deal of information about CITI and the IRB submission process. Also, it will be important to work closely with your faculty advisor who can help you navigate the process.

Poster Presentations
  • ALL posters should be no larger than 36" by 44".
  • Templates for Printing
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - 3 Column
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - 4 column
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 - Phys Assistant
    Poster Template - 36 x 44 Small Columns
  • Posters should contain a prominent title, name the authors, & effectively convey the findings of your research or scholarship.
  • Poster must be designed to the actual printed size (more on their website)
  • 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.
  • Poster Printing: Posters can be printed on campus at the copy center, located in the first floor of Fisher Hall across from the elevators. While the copy center will accept pdfs, Power Point is much easier to work with and format properly. There will be deadlines set each year for poster printing, this year's deadline is March 13th.  Please submit all posters to the copy center vis email ( Please name your file: YEARGRS-LASTNAME. The cost for printing is $1 per inch for the longer side so a 36" by 44" inch poster will be around $48. If your department is paying for the poster, the email MUST include a budget number, and whoever supplied that number MUST be CC'd in the email. If you are paying by cash or check, you should state that in the email. The copy center CANNOT ACCEPT CREDIT/DEBIT or PCARDS. The contact for the copy center is Jeff Kearney 
  • Note: The Office of Research does not handle poster printing. Questions regarding this should be directed to the copy center 412-396-5802.
  • Notification for acceptance into the GRS 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.
  • Notification of selection of GSRS oral presenters will be given 1 to 1.5 weeks after the deadline.
  • Oral Presenters are invited to submit a paper for online publication in the GSRS Proceedings published in the DU Scholarship Collection.
  • 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  at the time of the announcement. In the week following, the winners' information will be collected so that monetary checks can be processed.
  • Students who are selected for an award will have the opportunity to submit a full paper for publication in the GSRS Proceedings located in on the University Digital Commons.
  • Students who participate in the Graduate Symposium who are selected to orally present or who win an award at the event will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the GSRS Proceedings on the DU Scholarship Collection site.
  • A completed paper of no more than 3500 words must be submitted via email 3 weeks after the event. 
  • Papers must be approved by faculty advisors. 
  • Submission process instructions will be emailed after the event.
  • Format: Times New Roman, 11 or 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins. Double spaced.

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