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Graduate students to present research at annual symposium

  • Graduate Research Symposium
    Graduate Research Symposium  Students, faculty, staff and community members explore the posters at a previous Graduate Research Symposium.  Photo by Barbara Pearsall
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William & Mary's 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Sadler Center March 22-23.

Graduate students from William & Mary and visiting institutions, such as American University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Georgia Southern University, the University of North Carolina, Tufts University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, will give presentations on their current research in fields ranging from American studies to physics.

"The symposium’s theme – 'Preparing Scholars, Presenting Excellence' – reflects William & Mary’s mission in graduate education," says President Taylor Reveley in a letter included in the symposium's program. "Our students contribute seriously to human understanding on their way to advanced degrees. Then they continue to do so as teachers and scholars. The symposium provides an opportunity for our graduate students and their peers from other schools to present their work, and for the William & Mary community to enjoy the presentations."

The symposium is hosted by William & Mary's Graduate Student Association of Arts & Sciences and the Arts & Sciences Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  It is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. For more information, visit

Symposium highlights will include:  

  • 155 total graduate student lectures and poster presentations
  • 46 presenters from 20 visiting institutions, including Appalachian State University, College of Charleston, George Mason University, Georgia State University, Hampton University, Marymount University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Towson University, University of Georgia and Virginia State University
  • Up to $5,900 given in awards for excellence in scholarship in the humanities and social Sciences and in the natural and computational sciences plus up to $1,000 given in awards for excellence in undergraduate mentoring in the humanities and social sciences and in the natural and computational sciences
  • W&M graduate student presentations from each of the 11 Arts & Sciences graduate departments/programs