Research Symposium

The 26th Research Symposium will be from Wednesday, February 18 - Friday, February 20, 2015

Registration is open through Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:45 am (central)

Scholar Symposium participants (e.g. McNair Scholars), please go to this page:

We are glad that you registered to present your research as a poster during Research Symposium. You can decide whether to have your posters judged or not. If you would like for your poster to be judged, then you will need to submit a copy of your poster electronically for pre-session judging by Monday, January 26 at 11:45 a.m. Posters submitted by this deadline will be judged prior to the poster display sessions during Research Symposium. Although all posters whether selected for judging or not, will be displayed, only those selected by pre-session judging will be eligible for awards.

What do you need to do if you want to have your poster judged and eligible for awards? Please complete the Poster Presentation Judging Submission below and upload a copy of your poster.

The poster should be a single page PDF with the layout of your poster.

A judging panel will evaluate your poster upload and selected a limited number of posters for in-session judging at the Research Symposium. If your poster is not selected for in-session judging, you will receive the judges’ evaluation of your poster upload and be able to display your poster during Research Symposium.

Submit your single page PDF of your poster.


The 26th Research Symposium will be from Wednesday, February 18 - Friday, February 20, 2015 and the Scholar Symposium will be from Wednesday, February 18 through Friday, February 20, 2015. Participants willing to attend these events are requested to register for the respective events, as registration ends this December 15th at 11:45 am. We recommend the participants to register as early as possible, before the registration closes.

Registration for both the events ended on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:45 am (central)

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

Instructions to Register:
Registration is open through Monday, December 15, 2014 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.

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).

Abstracts for 2015 Research Symposium are available to review now. Changes can be submitted until Friday, January 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to view abstracts


Please click here to open the PDF with presentation times.

All presentations will be in the OSU-Stillwater Student Union.

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

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.