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Research Symposium

The 27th Research Symposium will be Monday February 15 and Tuesday February 16.

The 27th Research Symposium will be from Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Participants willing to attend these events are requested to register for the respective events, as registration ends this Friday, December 18 at 11:45 a.m. We recommend the participants to register as early as possible, before the registration closes.

The annual Research Symposium is part of the OSU Research Week and is sponsored by:

Research Symposium will be Monday February 15 and Tuesday February 16, 2016.

Registration is now closed.

Submission Requirements and Registration
Eligible Participants:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled through OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa
  • Graduate students enrolled through OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, and OSU-CHS
  • Please note that the OSU McNair Scholars' Symposium will be held March 30 to April 2 on the OSU-Tulsa campus

Instructions to Register:
Registration is open through Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:45 am. The registration form requires you to provide basic contact information (name, address, phone number, program, etc) and information about your presentation.

  • A presenter is limited to one presentation (either a poster or a paper). Multiple presentations will not be accepted.
  • It is assumed that the first author of the presentation will complete the registration, will act as the principle contact, and will make the presentation
  • Please spell check your abstract prior to submission. If your abstract uses special characters or figures, it is recommended that you email it to the organizers (contact information is on the registration page).
  • Abstract must be limited to 200 words or less.
  • All submissions become the property of the OSU Graduate College and will be posted on our web site and in a Book of Abstracts.
  • All submission must meet the IRB expectations of the home institutions. See the statement below.

IRB Expectations for Presentations

Research presented at the OSU Research Symposium is considered to be for the purposes of disseminating generalizable research systematically gathered and intended for publication. As such, presentations are expected to abide by all pertinent research policies, such as biosafety, animal safety, radiation safety, and use of human subjects (including surveys, questionnaires, and the like). A useful resource in determining the circumstances under which review of the research by the appropriate committee is necessary can be found at At this site, OSU students can also determine OSU's research review procedures (e.g., Institutional Research Board [IRB] review).  Students from outside OSU should ask their advisor about their home institution's procedures for research review.

People considering submitting a presentation that originated from a "classroom project" are welcome to register. However, for the purposes of presenting at the OSU Research Symposium, such "classroom projects" are considered as having been conducted for the purpose of disseminating the results to a larger body of individuals, and therefore, the appropriate IRB approvals from the home institution are required.

OSU reserves the right to request proof of institutional research approval for all Research Symposium presentations.

All registrants must submit an abstract with an expected lenght of 200 words (or less).

Abstracts for 2016 Research Symposium have been posted.

Click here to view abstracts from previous years


All students presenting at the Research Symposium should review the presentation tips for papers and posters linked below. These pages answer the most frequently asked questions about the symposium. On these pages, you will find information about the tentative presentation schedule.

Click on a topic to get preparation tips for:

Making the most of your Research Symposium presentation:

View examples of Poster Presenter Pictures from previous years

OSU undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for the cash awards. Students from other institutions will have their presentations judged, but are not in consideration for the awards. Students will be assigned to one of several categories. Possible categories are:

  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Physical Science and Technology
  • Social Science

There will be cash awards for both the poster presentations and the paper presentations. There will be awards offered separately to OSU undergraduate and graduate presentations.


Questions or Comments can be sent to the Graduate College.