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Graduate Research Symposium

We have made the difficult decision to suspend the Graduate Research Symposium initially planned for March 2021. This is due to a number of factors brought on by the ongoing pandemic.  We will not be issuing a call for abstracts in 2020-2021. We look forward to resuming the Graduate Research Symposium in the future when it is feasible to do so.

Please explore the Virtual GRS 2020 online platform we created in Spring 2020, where presenters shared their research.

About the Graduate Research Symposium

The annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) is a distinctive educational and networking event that encourages exchange between disciplines and brings together students from William & Mary and other universities from around the region.

The GRS is one of only a few graduate-focused conferences that is broadly themed and therefore designed to bring together graduate students from differing areas of study and from all stages of the degree process. It is an exciting opportunity to share experiences common to students in all graduate school communities. The 2019 GRS featured more than 140 poster and panel presentations by graduate students representing all eleven W&M Graduate Arts & Sciences programs plus fourteen regional institutions.  

The Graduate Research Symposium grew out of, and along with, the American Cultures Conference, an annual event launched in 2002 by William & Mary's American Studies Program.  Nurtured by Dr. Hans von Baeyer, Emeritus Chancellor Professor of Physics and former Director of the Graduate Center, the GRS is now overseen by a dedicated group of William & Mary graduate student volunteers and supported by the Dean and staff in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  

To get a sense of the event, check out our past symposia programs.

GRS in sessionGRS Poster Presentation