Graduate Student Symposium: An Overview :.


A day long event featuring presentations and posters by graduate students. Breakfast and lunch are served, and the day ends with a panel discussion on a topic of interest for graduate students. October 2004 will be the fifth consecutive year that the event will be put on for engineering students. An abstract book is published for a permanent record of the activity.


To expose new, current and future graduate students to the breadth and depth of the research being pursued within the two departments. The event is designed to help new students find a research advisor. It also gives current graduate students an opportunity to give a technical presentation, which may be good practice for a conference or the preliminary exam. Monetary awards are given for the best presentations and posters.

When and where?

The event is held between 9 am and 5 pm on a Saturday in early October. The date is chosen to coincide with an away football game. The location is the EECS atrium and surrounding classrooms. The atrium provides an ideal location for the poster presentation and meals, and the numerous classrooms nearby host the different sessions (four for ME, and five for BME), each of which has a morning and afternoon component.

This year it's on October 23rd, 2004 from 9:30 A.M through 5:00 P.M. More elaborate scheduling information can be obtained here.


The day is aimed at graduate students, but will also appeal to undergraduate students thinking about going to graduate school. Professors, staff and members of industry have also attended in the past.


The event is organized by graduate students with help from the departments' Graduate Chairs and administrative staff. In the past, the organization committee has been comprised of about twelve students, but this will grow to about fifteen or sixteen this year. There are many important roles to be filled, including the co-chairs, session chairs, and coordinators for publications, website, food, panel discussion, obtaining funding, etc. The planning typically begins 3-4 months in advance of the event.

The event is sponsored by:

For further information, please contact the 2004 Symposium Co-chairs, Bryon Sohns and Grant Reeves. General information about previous symposiums can be found here.
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