Welcome to GRF 2024
The Graduate School sponsors a Graduate Research Fair (GRF) annually in the Spring semester. This event allows graduate students from all degree programs to display the research that they have been working on throughout their time as an UMSL student. We want our students to have a chance to show off their hard work and get feedback from fellow peers and faculty members.
GRF Frequently Asked QuestionsI am an undergraduate student, can I participate?
Unfortunately, this event is solely for graduate students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend St. Louis Area Undergraduate Research Symposium. More information
Check out the Student Research Office for more research opportunities!
How will the posters be judged?
- All posters must be set up by 2PM.
- All posters will be separated into 2 different categories:
- (A) math/computer science/natural sciences
- (B) social sciences/humanities/business/education.
- There will be separate judging for each broad category, and these categories may be subdivided further depending on the number of participants.
- Each poster is assigned to a team of three faculty judges who have a copy of the abstract in advance.
- There are two rounds of judging:
- Round 1: Judging will occur promptly at 2PM until 3PM. Each student will get 5 minutes to present their research to the judges. Judges will likely ask questions. It is the presenter's job to demonstrate their understanding of both the materials shown on the poster, and their background knowledge of the subject matter.
- Round 2: Posters that are selected will be visited again by a different team of judges between 3PM and 4PM. Round 2 is carried out the same as Round 1.
Hint: Target your poster to a general audience, because you may have viewers and/or judges that are not from your specific area of study!
What should participants bring for their displays?
All students must bring any materials necessary to present their research (poster, easel, backboards, pushpins, etc.). The Graduate School will provide a 2' x 5' table for your poster only. In most cases, the best option is to use your own easel with your poster mounted on a 3' x 5' poster board.
Are there prizes involved?
- Awards are presented at 4:30PM.
- In addition, students that are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each broad category during the second round of judging will receive $500, $300, and $200 respectively.
- Masters students have the ability to win these prizes and will be judged separately.
I do not want to present, but I would like to see the research. Do I need to stay the whole time?
No (though we would love to have you there)! We encourage students to come and go as they please.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 516-5900
Registration for the GRF 2024 is not yet open.
Students that would like to see research and not present need not register.
Step One: Learn Expectations
- Read the FAQ tab provided- it's a helpful place to start!
- Next, click the Guidelines button for GRF expectations.
Step two: Abstract & Registration
Download the Abstract Approval Form and complete it in Adobe. Abstracts must be 400 words or less. Reduce length of Abstracts that exceed this word count. Follow the instructions provided in the form to complete it.
- Once the form is complete with signatures, it should be uploaded as an attachment into the Registration button below.
This can be tricky if you haven't used your student drive yet. Follow these steps:
- Log out of your personal Google accounts (i.e. GMAIL, Calendar, Drive).
- Open Google Drive.
- Log into Drive using your unique SSOID@umsl.edu + password (same password used for MyView).
- Then click the Registration button.
- Once you have registered, you will receive an auto-generated confirmation email from Google Forms. You will be contacted by email@example.com to confirm acceptance into the competition after the deadline passes on April 3.
Step Three: Prepare poster for GRF
- Please revisit the Guidelines and the FAQ tab above for important information as a presenter.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact The Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 516-5900.