Graduate & Professional Student Form

Research Forum

The 24th Annual Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum will be hosted on April 2, 2022, by the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the Graduate College. Each spring semester, this event showcases the excellence in research conducted at the graduate student level.

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General Information

This year's Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum will be hosted in a hybrid format, additional details are below.

Each spring semester, this event showcases the excellence in research conducted at the graduate student level with more than 160 students representing more than 40 disciplines. Using a conference-style format, students present their work through posters or podium presentations evaluated by faculty judges. Session winners are granted monetary awards and support to advance their research. The Forum is open to all graduate and professional students. Awards are available to UNLV graduate and professional students.

1st and 2nd place presentation winners from each session will receive a scholarship, applied to the spring 2022 semester.

Podium Session Winners

  • 1st Place - $500 scholarship
  • 2nd Place - $350 scholarship

Poster Session Winners

  • 1st Place - $400 scholarship
  • 2nd Place - $250 scholarship

About the GPSA Annual Student Research Forum

Throughout the year, the GPSA awards research and travel grants to students to support projects that directly affect their degree program and make a contribution to their discipline (GPSA Sponsorship Awards*). In 2021-2022, $175,000 was budgeted to support graduate and professional student research and conference travel via our sponsorship fund. The Annual Research Forum is an opportunity for students to share their GPSA sponsored work with the UNLV community. Of course, this Forum is open to all graduate and professional students wishing to share their research and creative expressions, practice their presentation skills, or obtain constructive comments on their work from faculty.

*Participation in the Annual Research Forum is a requirement for students who received GPSA funding during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Event Details

The Research Forum will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Presentations will take place from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. The 2022 Annual Research Forum has adopted an asynchrnous hybrid format. Students may submit prerecorded presentations online no later than Tuesday, March 22, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. or present in person on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Students presenting in person will be notified of their presentation sessions by March 28, 2022. Winners of the virtual presentation sessions and in-person presentation sessions will be announced at the Livestreamed hybrid Awards Ceremony, which follows the conclusion of the Forum presentations on April 2, 2022 from 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. The winners of the GPSA Award nominations will be announced at the Awards Ceremony as well. Whether you plan to attend in person or virtually, please RSVP for the Awards Ceremony.

Student Presentation Options

 

The Forum provides an excellent professional development opportunity for graduate students to share their research with a broad audience of faculty, other graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the larger community. The 2022 Annual Research Forum has adopted a hybrid format.

There are three session types this year:

  1. 10-minute “podium” presentation, such as a slideshow (prerecorded virtual submission only).
  2. 5-minute poster presentation (prerecorded virtual option).
  3. 5-minute poster presentation (in-person option).

Virtual sessions (podium or poster) will require students to submit their presentations in a video format to the GPSA for judging prior to the Research Forum (deadline March 22, 2022). Judging of the virtual presentations will take place from March 28 - March 31, 2022. Virtual presentations: Students may submit their prerecorded presentations online via the Virtual Presentation Submission Form. Instructions to submit your video presentation are found in the form.

In-person sessions will have student poster presentations starting at 9 a.m. on April 2, 2022. All posters must be turned in to the Graduate Student Commons (LLB 2141) by 8:00 PM on March 31, 2022. In-person poster presentations: Posters must be 48"x36". To help students offset the costs of presenting research, GPSA is offering complimentary poster printing this year. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit your poster PDF via our Poster Printout Request Form by March 28, 2022, at 5:00 PM. Otherwise, you are responsible for printing your 48"x36" poster at your own cost. All posters must be turned into the Graduate Commons, LLB 2141, on the second floor of Lied Library no later than March 31, 2022, by 8:00 PM. 

These deadlines cannot be extended. The GPSA will contact you with details about your specific session once we have finalized the poster and podium schedules.

Poster Printing

Poster formatting help documents are available on the Research Forum website under “Related Links”. Students looking to present in person are encouraged to reach out to their department about funds or resources to print their posters. Poster printing is available in the Lied Library (see Circulation) and the Student Union (see the Information Desk).

 

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony begins at the conclusion of the Research Forum on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM. This ceremony will be available for virtual and in-person participants. All are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Research Forum Semester Timeline

  • February 1 – 28: Student abstract submission portal is open
  • March 22: Virtual presentations due (prerecorded video format submission)
  • March 23: Faculty Judge Sign-Up closes
  • March 26: Judges and students are notified of their presentation sessions
  • March 28: In-person poster PDFs due to GPSA for free printing
  • March 28 – 31: Judging of virtual podium and poster submissions March 31: Deadline to drop off poster to LLB 2141 by 8 p.m. (if not submitted to GPSA for printing)
  • April 2: In-person poster presentations and Awards Ceremony