First Call for Abstracts: Monday, October 21, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm EST December 6, 2019

The Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Association of William & Mary invites all graduate students in the fields of Arts & Sciences to submit abstracts for the Nineteenth Annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS), to be held March 20-21, 2020, on the W&M campus.

Abstract Preparation Guidelines
  1. The abstract should include the specific question your research addresses, research design and methods, major results (or anticipated results), and possible implications of your findings. Due to limited room availability, if the focus of your oral presentation will not be on your specific contribution to a research collaboration or project, a poster presentation may be more appropriate for the Symposium.
  2. It is the responsibility of the presenter to obtain approval from your advisor, co-authors, and Institutional Compliance Committees prior to abstract submission.  As part of the review process, prior to submission we ask that the student's advisor review the abstract to ensure that it meets their approval and satisfies the guidelines for presentation.  If your abstract is accepted, your advisor will be emailed a copy of the submitted abstract and will work directly with you if they have any additional questions, comments or concerns.    
  3. The goal of the Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) is to present research to educated people in many fields of study. Your abstract will be read by a multi-disciplinary audience and should avoid or explain any technical terms. The presentation itself may be geared to a more discipline specific audience.
  4. Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to present your research at the 2020 Graduate Research Symposium. Therefore please make sure that you understand all of the requirements before submitting, as withdrawing an abstract after acceptance will prevent you from submitting abstracts to future Graduate Research Symposia.
Abstract Submittal Guidelines
  • All abstracts must be submitted through our electronic form by the abstract submission deadline.
  • Each graduate student may submit only ONE abstract of no more than 250 words (approximately 1,600 characters including spaces), in one of the following categories:
    1. Natural & Computational Sciences Talk:  12 minute talks with 3 minutes for questions/discussion
      (Typical Disciplines: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychological Sciences & Physics)
    2. Humanities & Social Sciences Talk:  15 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions/discussion
       (Typical Disciplines: American Studies, Anthropology, History, & Public Policy)
    3. Poster Presentation:  Two hour poster session
      (All Disciplines)
  • Abstracts not submitted through the electronic form or after the deadline will not be acknowledged or considered.
  • In order to submit an abstract as a William & Mary student, you must have been admitted into a Graduate Arts and Sciences department/program or as a VIMS graduate student. Students enrolled in other William and Mary graduate programs (Law, Business and Education) or as a non-degree seeking student at William and Mary cannot submit an abstract. VIMS, William & Mary Visiting Scholars and Language House Tutors will be considered visiting presenters and must submit the required registration fee.
Review Process
  1. Abstracts will be competitively reviewed by the GRS organizing committee.
  2. Abstracts over 250 words or submitted after the deadline will NOT be acknowledged or considered.
  3. Graduate students will be notified of their abstract acceptance/rejection on or around December 19, 2019. All decisions are final; requests for appeals will not be considered or acknowledged.
  4.  If your abstract is not selected for an oral presentation due to limited availability, the option of a poster presentation may be offered.

If your abstract is accepted, you need to RSVP for the Symposium and are eligible to submit an Award Paper.

If your abstract is not accepted, you are still invited to attend the symposium. 

Any questions regarding abstract submission should be addressed to the [[grs, GRS Humanities chair]].