Interdisciplinary Graduate & Professional Student Symposium

Interdisciplinary Graduate & Professional Student Symposium

The Annual UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is an opportunity for graduate and professional students from all disciplines to share their current work with each other, the campus, and the wider community!

When and Where?

The symposium will occur on Thursday, April 2 through Friday April 3, 2015. Program activities, which include a kick-off event reception and final night awards dinner, will take place at the UC Davis Conference Center and Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center. More information about the event and program will be available at

How Do I Apply?

Submitting applications via the Smartsite portal: Log in, and then click "Membership" on the left hand panel. Now search for "2015 IGPS Abstract Submission" in the Joinable Sites. In the resource folder you will find further application forms and instructions. There are three different categories for submission:

  • Oral/Poster Presentation
  • The format for submission is an abstract (1250 characters max) and a statement of research significance (1250 characters max).
  • Art Exhibit or Performance
  • The format for submission is an academic description (2000 characters max).
  • Graduate Student Organized Session
  • The format for submission is a session description (2000 characters max).


Abstracts should be written to a general graduate student audience. The presentations, and the abstracts, should not be so technical that an educated person in a different field should be unable to follow them. You will be judged on your ability to convey the importance of your work to a general audience.

Prizes Available

  • Chancellor's Grand Prize for Best Oral Presentation
  • Awarded by the Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, $5,000
  • Vice Chancellor of Research's Prize for Best Poster
  • First Place: $1,000, Second Place: $750, Third Place: $500, Honorable Mention: $100
  • Provost's Prize for Best Student Organized Session
  • Awarded by Provost Ralph Hexter, $1,500
  • Dean's Prize for Best Oral Presentation
  • Awarded by the Dean of the presenter's respective college, $1,000
  • Dean's Prize for Best Performance
  • Awarded by the Dean of the performer's respective college, $1,000, Second Place: $500
  • Dean's Prize for Best Artwork
  • Awarded by the Dean of the artist's respective college, $1,000
  • People's Choice Awards (includes all categories)
  • Voted on by all in attendance, prizes range from cash to gift certificates 

New! GradSlam Competition


What is GradSlam?

GradSlam is a competition at the 2015 IGPS to find the best three-minute research presentation given by a UC Davis graduate or professional student. Students should present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner. Presentations should be prepared for a diverse audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members. There are multiple rounds of presentations - preliminaries, semifinals, and finals. The Dean of Graduate Studies will award a grand prize of $1,000, in addition to an all-expense paid trip (travel & hotel) to the UC-wide competition in the Bay Area! Judges will strongly consider clarity and effectiveness of the presentation by a general university audience. Business and other types of “elevator pitches” are welcome at GradSlam!

Please note that GradSlam talks must include a slide presentation. Both academic and creative presentations are welcome!

Application can be found on

Deadline to Apply

Regular submission deadline for the 2015 symposium is: February 20, 2015.

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