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Graduate Academic Symposium

Updated Information: The Graduate Symposium, held in conjunction with the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), will be an in-person conference on Thursday, April 27, 2023. This date is considered an academic celebration so no Valpo classes will meet on this day in order to facilitate greater participation and attendance by students and faculty!

One of the many joys of completing a research project or creative endeavor is to share the results with others. The Symposium is an opportunity for students to share creative and/or scholarly work that they have undertaken during their graduate studies. In a typical year, the Valpo SOURCE and Graduate Symposium brings together over 150 students and 45 faculty sponsors to share their research experiences with the campus and local community. Student presenters will have the option to (1) give a 15-minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers, or (2) to give a poster presentation.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: If you are interested in submitting your work for approval, please follow the directions below. Please note that your submission must be for the Graduate Academic Symposium on Valpo Scholar. Create an account on Valpo Scholar and provide the following:
  1. Title of project
  2. Name(s) of the author(s)
  3. Primary contact name and email
  4. Faculty sponsor name and email
  5. Name of the college and department/program associated with the project
  6. Biographical information about the author(s) – 75 words or less Information
  7. Abstract (250 or fewer words) attached in PDF format
    Once the abstract is submitted, the supervising faculty sponsor of your research project must approve the abstract before the committee will review your work. All abstracts must be submitted to Valpo Scholar by Friday, March 31, 2023.

Based on the submitted abstracts, a detailed schedule will be provided. In consultation with their faculty mentors, students should prepare whatever they plan to share during their presentation slot. These can include, but are not limited to, a series of presentation slides, a traditional poster, an exhibition of works of art, or an artistic performance.

For questions about the Graduate Academic Symposium, please contact Jessica Segally, Assistant Director of Academic Services, at or 219.464.5313.

 All sessions will take place in the Harre Union. Here is the schedule for the day:

10:30 am Opening Remarks

11:00 am-12:30 pm Morning Oral and Poster Presentations

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30- 3:00 pm Afternoon Oral and Poster Presentations

3:30 pm Awards Ceremony

Click here to be directed to the page that contains the final program for the 2022 SOURCE and the Graduate Academic Symposium, along with links to the Zoom livestreams of the Opening Session, the Oral Presentation Sessions, and the Awards Ceremony.