Research Symposium

The 25th Research Symposium will be from Wednesday, February 19 - Friday, February 21, 2014

Registration is open through Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scholar Symposium participants, please go to this page:

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

Registration is Closed. The last day to register was Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Registration is Closed on December 15, 2013.

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
  • Participants from recognized research programs (e.g., McNair programs) from the United States

Instructions to Register:
Registration is open through Sunday, December 15, 2013. 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.

Special Information for Recognized Research Scholar Programs and McNair Program Participants:
Students from recognized research scholar programs and McNair programs from around the state of Oklahoma and nation are encouraged to participate. The Research Symposium is an excellent opportunity for such students to present their work and interact with OSU undergraduates, graduate students and faculty judges. We have hosted over 800 students from 17 states and 35 different universities.

Please ask your program director to call Jennifer Smith at 405-744-7045 for details. We can assist you making OSU graduate program visits, suggest local hotel accommodations, and other needs.

Click here for more information about Research Scholar Symposium registration and travel.

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

2014 OSU Research Symposium Abstracts are available to review.


Click here to view abstracts from previous years


Presenter schedule is now available

Due to scheduling of judges, presentation times cannot be changed after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20.


All students presenting 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:

Paper Presentations
Poster Presentations

View examples of Poster Presenter Pictures from previous years


The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSGA) will arrange for judges for the paper and poster presentations. The GPSGA will tally the judges' votes and make the final decision on winners of cash awards in a variety of categories.

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
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Minority Issues
  • 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.