Student Research Symposium    

Please check back at a later date for information regarding the 2024 Student Research Symposium. We look forward to seeing you then! 


Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) presents an Annual Student Research Symposium, usually held in mid to late April. The Symposium is open to all TAMUG students. Participants are encouraged to present results from their current research projects, or preliminary findings. Presentations will provide students the opportunity to share their research with other participants, staff, and faculty.  In addition, the Symposium provides a venue for the exposure of student research to the broader TAMUG community. 

There is no registration fee for the Symposium.

The below information is only to be used as reference - content for 2024 will be posted at a later date. 


Important Deadlines for the Research Symposium
 Last Day for Online Registration Thursday, March 31
Last Day to Submit Abstract Thursday, March 31
Last Day to Submit Posters  Thursday, April 7
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events for 2022 Student Research Symposium
Date Event Time*
Monday, April 18th Class Posters & Senior Design Check In:                8:30 am
Present:      9:00-11:00 am
Undergraduate Poster Sessions Check In:               12:30 pm
Present:         1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 19th Lightning Talks Check In:                9:30 am**
Present:      10:00-12:00 pm
Wednesday, April 20th Awards Ceremony & Luncheon                 12:00 pm

*Additional times may be added if needed to accommodate registrations
**All presentations must be uploaded by 9:50am

Submitting an Abstract    

Registration is not complete until your abstract has been submitted by email to Abstracts are required as part of registration, and are scored as part of your presentation. The body of the abstract is limited to a maximum of 200 words. The following should be included as well (but will not be included in word count):
  • Title of the project
  • Names of all authors (lead author listed first)
  • Name of faculty advisor
  • Department(s) in which research was conducted

Abstracts should be written in the original words of the presenter(s) and should represent work that has not been published previously. Abstracts should reflect the content of the presentation. If your project was delayed, the abstract should reflect what you were able to achieve rather than what you had originally planned to do.

Abstracts will be presented to the judges as submitted. Any errors will not be corrected by the symposium committee. Edits to the abstract after the deadline are up to the committee's discretion to accept. Abstracts are due by Thursday, March 31, 2022.  

Poster Guidelines    

Registration: Posters are open to any undergraduate level student as individuals or groups. One student per poster must register using the link and submit their abstract and poster by the set deadlines.

Design: See Presentation Design Guidelines below for design tips. Place the title and the authors' names, research category, and academic status (undergraduate/graduate) prominently at the top of the poster to allow viewers to identify your presentation easily.

Please keep in mind print margins on your document as your poster may lose up to .5" on each side if you set it to exactly 3x4 feet.

Posters are due no later than April 7, 2022. Posters submitted after the deadline may not be printed. Please carefully proofread your poster prior to submission, as only one poster is printed per student or group of students, for no charge if received on or before the due date. If you need your advisor to proof or sign off on your poster get their feedback before sending it to print!

Posters are printed by the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO). RGSO assigns the location of your poster. Poster locations will be provided during check-in on the day of Symposium.

Tutorial: Create a Poster in PowerPoint

Poster presenters should plan to stand by their posters for their entire time block on April 18, 2022.

Scoring: Posters will be evaluated on 5 categories.

  1. Abstract
  2. Methods
  3. Results and Discussion
  4. Poster Quality
  5. Presenter Quality

Each category has a few prompting questions for the judges to consider. Please see the example score cards below to see points and questions by section. 

Posters Example Score Card

All students (lead and co-authors) whose presentations are awarded will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony April 20, 2022. Please let RGSO know if you plan to attend the awards luncheon.

For more information about poster printing, visit the Poster Printing page.

Lightning Talks Guidelines    

Registration: Lightning talks are open to any graduate level student as individuals or groups. One student per presentation must register using the link and submit their abstract by the set deadlines.

Design: See Presentation Guidelines below for design tips. Presentation slides should follow the guidelines, but do not need to be submitted ahead of time.

Length: Do not have too many slides to go through in the 5 minute presentation time. Too many may look rushed. Tip- 5 minutes, 5 slides.

Scoring: Presentations will be evaluated on 5 categories.

  1. Abstract
  2. Dissemination
  3. Methodology
  4. Content
  5. Oral Competency

Each category has a few prompting questions for the judges to consider. Please see the example score cards below to see points and questions by section. 

Lightning Talks Example Score Card

Presenting:  Lightning talks, by definition, will be five minutes. Students will have a 10 minute time block in order to present and allow time for questions. You will need to create a slideshow- for those working in groups or teams- please consider in advance how to organize so that everyone gets an opportunity to speak. The moderator will let the presenter know when they have a minute left to present, and when time is up. After the presentation, the moderator will ask the judges for questions. After the presenters have answered the judges' questions, if there is time, the floor will be opened to questions from the audience. 

Your presentation does not need to be submitted to the symposium committee, but please carefully proofread your slides prior to presenting. 

Projects should be a slideshow in whatever program you prefer (PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.) Either you or a member of your group will be responsible to bring and upload the slideshow to the laptop during check-in for symposium. If you are part of a group, determine who will be responsible for sharing their screen ahead of the symposium. The laptop that will be connected to the projector will be a PC so if you use a Apple software keep this in mind.

Presentation Design Guidelines    

Things to consider on all materials

  • Logos: use only the most up to date logos. Do not stretch, distort, or recolor them. This goes for TAMU, TAMUG, and any other entity.
  • Background graphics: use high enough resolution to be clear at 100% zoom.
  • Images and graphs: should be inserted clear with enough resolution to be understood and read at 100% zoom.
  • Make sure your presentation is visually appealing.
    • Try to consider the contrast of colors between your text and background for readability.
      • Black backgrounds with bright text is hard on the eyes, red on green may be hard if someone is colorblind, light blue on dark blue can be hard to read, etc.
    • Try to balance the amount of text, images, and negative space.
      • Don't have all images or all text
  • Consistency: use the same formatting throughout your presentation.

The Studio has workshops and appointments if you would like some help. Any questions may also be directed to RGSO at

Serve as a Judge    

We need faculty and staff members, post-docs, and graduate students to serve as judges for each presentation session. Graduate students cannot judge other graduate projects but are eligible to serve as judges for any undergraduate projects. There will be opportunities to watch a recorded Judges Orientation in the weeks prior to the Symposium. Judges must attend an orientation before the symposium. After signing up, watch your email for further communication and instructions. Please be available for the whole time block you are assigned and show up ahead of time to get your materials.

If you're interested in participating as a judge email Holly Richards ( to sign up!