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!

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2015 Program Schedule

When and Where?

This year's Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) will be held on April 2-3, 2015. Members of the UC Davis community are encouraged to come and support our participants who will be showcasing their research in poster sessions, oral presentations, student organized panels and art performances. There will be cash prizes awarded to students in the categories mentioned above.

Additionally, we are excited to introduce the 1st Annual UC Davis Grad Slam competition at this year’s IGPS. Join us at the UC Davis Conference Center in Conference Room A on April 3rd at 9:00am for the inaugural round of the Grad Slam competition.

We invite you to join us on April 3rd for the Resource Reception (Alumni Center) from 3:30-6:00pm and the Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Cleveland Justis from 6:00-8:00pm at the UC Davis Conference Center. Please register.

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • 3:00 - 5:00 pm – Performances, AGR Ballroom, Buehler Alumni and Visitor's Center
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm – Poster Session, Ballroom ABC UC Davis Conference Center

Friday April 3, 2015 --UC Davis Conference Center

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am – GSA Coffee, Bagel, Donut Day, Lobby
  • 9:00 am - 3:15 pm – Oral Presentations, Ballroom ABC
  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am – Student Organized Sessions, Conference Room B
  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am – Inaugural Grad Slam Round, Conference Room A
  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm – Grad Slam Final Round, Conference Room A
  • 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm – Resource Reception, Moss Patio (Alumni Center)
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Cleveland Justis, MBA, Ballroom ABC

2015 IGPS Keynote Speaker

Cleveland Justis is the executive director of the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this role, Justis is responsible for helping students, faculty, and staff move ideas from the lab into the world. Many of these research ideas have resulted in successful companies and life-saving inventions getting commercialized. Justis has a passion for interdisciplinary research – his current research projects include looking at entrepreneurial networks at the intersection of business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Formerly, Justis was the director and co-founder of the Institute at the Golden Gate. Prior to this position, Justis was the Executive Director of the award-winning Headlands Institute in Sausalito, California. Justis is an active volunteer in the community, currently serving as the board chair of the Marin Community Foundation, a large community foundation with over $1.6 billion in assets. Additionally, he formerly served on the board of directors of Net Impact, an organization with a global network of over 15,000 leaders who are changing the world through business.

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. The categories for submission are:

  • 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).
  • Grad Slam Competition
  • The format for submission is an academic description (1250 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.

Symposium Awards


  • 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 


Deadline to Apply

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

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