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Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium Guidelines


Student must present original research conducted as part of a degree program at USM. Research presented previously is acceptable. Participants must choose to do an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Abstracts must be limited to 300 words. Only students enrolled in fully online programs have the option to participate virtually. 

Oral Presentations

1. Must include a title slide consistent with the submitted abstract.
2. If multiple authors, only one may be present.
3. Limited to 10 minutes.

Poster Presentations

1.   Poster guidelines for in-person and virtual participants.
  • In-Person Poster Presentation: Must have 3' by 4' dimension. 
  • Virtual Poster Presentation: Must be a single (8 1/2" x 14” landscape) PowerPoint slide.
  • Limited to 10 minutes.
2.  Must include following items to be eligible for the poster competition:
  • Poster presentation title consistent with abstract
  • Presenting author, coauthors, principal investigator
  • School name
  • College name
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
3.  Can be presented by two authors if the degree program allows a joint project.
The submission categories for oral and poster presentations are as follows:
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social and Educational Sciences and Business
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Life, Health and Environmental Sciences
Note: The Graduate School reserves the right to collapse categories if deemed that too few participants are in a particular category.


A Monetary Prize will be given to winners.


Poster Presentation Example (PDF)