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15th Graduate Research Symposium to be held March 18-19

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    Symposium:  People gather in the Sadler Center for last year's graduate research symposium.  Courtesy photo
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William & Mary’s 15th Annual Graduate Research Symposium will be held at the Sadler Center on the campus of William & Mary March 18-19.

The symposium is a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences. The theme of this year’s event is “Fifteen Years of Excellence in Research.”

“Our students contribute seriously to human understanding on their way to advanced degrees. They then continue to do so as teachers and scholars,” writes William & Mary President Taylor Reveley in a letter of welcome to participants. “The symposium provides an opportunity for our graduate students and their peers from other schools to present their work and receive comments from people in other departments and schools, as well as the greater William & Mary community.”

Students in each of William & Mary’s 11 Arts & Sciences graduate programs will participate, as will graduate students from 19 visiting institutions. A total of 160 graduate students will participate in poster sessions and lectures.

Awards totaling $8,500 will be given for excellence in scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and in the natural and computational sciences, plus $1,500 in awards for excellence in undergraduate mentoring in the humanities and social sciences and in the natural and computational sciences.

In addition to William & Mary’s graduate students, grad students from Boston University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Drexel University, George Mason University, Georgia State University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech will give presentations on their current research in fields ranging from American studies to physics.

This 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 the symposium web page.