Graduate Research Symposium

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held virtually on April 30, 2021. Please email if you have any questions.

27th Annual Graduate Student Association Research Symposium

About the Symposium

The annual GSA Research Symposium is held each year during the spring semester and is an interdisciplinary forum open to all SLU graduate students. This year's symposium will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, on the Genigraphics virtual conference platform. Every department with graduate degree programs is encouraged to participate. Judges are selected from SLU faculty to represent the variety of disciplines. Monetary awards are given to the first, second, and third place papers and posters in each category.

Call for Abstracts

Students may present either a poster or a slide deck. Poster and slide deck presentations will be divided into categories based on the distribution of the participants. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 2, 2021 at 11:59pm.

All abstracts can be submitted here.

You may submit your abstract starting March 3rd, 2021; if the link is not working, copy and paste into your browser to access the submission form. If you are having trouble accessing the form, log into MySLU first, click on Tools, click on Google Drive, then come back to this page and click on our link.

You must submit your abstract electronically. There is no submission fee for abstracts. Poster and slide deck abstracts must be submitted within the guidelines below for consideration and inclusion in the Research Symposium program. Please limit abstracts to no more than 200 words.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent along with detailed guidelines for poster or paper presentations. A printed program of abstracts will be provided at the symposium.

Guidelines for Submission of Paper and Poster Abstracts

1. Presenters must be graduate students at Saint Louis University. (Faculty members should not be first author or be the main contact.)

2. Students may be first author/presenter on only 1 submission.

3. Abstracts must be titled (in the same way as poster/slide deck presentation).

4. Abstracts must be no more than 200 words. See for assistance on developing a succinct abstract.

Accepted Abstracts

For those who will be presenting, please note the following:

  • For those with poster presentations, recommendations for poster dimensions and file type will be provided upon acceptance along with instructions for uploading your poster to the virtual platform.

  • For those with slide deck presentations, further instructions will be provided upon acceptance and a Zoom meeting link will be provided for the day of the symposium.

Call for Faculty Judges

Faculty judges are needed from as many graduate departments as are able to send volunteers. At least one, but ideally two or more, faculty members are required from each department in order for the Symposium to run properly. Faculty need to volunteer by April 9, 2021 at 11:59pm, and can register here.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to moderate slide deck presentations on the day of the Symposium. Volunteers can sign-up here by April 9, 2021 at 11:59pm.


Inquiries or comments may be directed to:

Graduate Student Association

Saint Louis University


Phone (314) 977-2234

2021 Symposium Winners - Slide Decks


1st Place – Amy Shelton

2nd Place – Shreya Anand

T-3rd Place – Aver Yakubu

T-3rd Place – Annamaria Szakonyi

T-3rd Place - Laura Brugger


1st Place – Chuan Feng

T-2nd Place – Pablo Aravena

T-2nd Place - Sungwon Cho


1st Place – Nina Fogel

2nd Place – Genevieve Hilliard

T-3rd Place – Elizabeth Geerling

T-3rd Place - Jenny Mullikin

T-3rd Place - Yongjun Tan


T-1st Place – Laura Hardin Marshall

T-1st Place - Rachel Shields

T-2nd Place – Colten Biro

T-2nd Place – Jaime O'Brien

2021 Symposium Winners - Posters


1st Place – Meghan Taylor

2nd Place – Andrew Oberle

3rd Place – Elizabeth Seberger


1st Place – Nnaoma Agwu

2nd Place – Megan Rudolphi

3rd Place – Josh Boschelli


1st Place – Mariah Hassert

2nd Place – Tara Steffen

3rd Place – Shubha Shakya