GCC Student Symposium

The Fall 2022 symposium was cancelled due to inclement weather. The event is rescheduled for Friday, May 12th, 12-2 pm.

The GCC Student Symposium celebrates exceptional student research and creative work. Students present capstone projects from participating courses, as well as independent projects undertaken in any GCC course, internship, study abroad program, or clinical/off-site placement. Creative works involving writing, studio arts, musical performance, and drama are welcome.

Students participate in one of 3 ways:

  • Poster Session: Students prepare a digital, printed or tabletop research poster of their own design. Posters are displayed in a grouping and student participants interact with symposium attendees, sharing their research and answering questions during a designated period of time. See “Poster Details” below for more information.
  • Oral Presentation: Students give an oral presentation, with or without slide accompaniment. The presentation is followed by questions from the audience.
  • Creative Showcase: Students present their creative work through performance, a tabletop or gallery-style display, or whatever means is most appropriate to share their creative work. Students will have an opportunity to engage with symposium attendees, answering questions during a designated period of time. Exact details will be worked out between the student and symposium organizers ahead of the event.

How can students participate?

Students will need to submit a short participation form by midnight on Friday, May 5th.

The form will be available in April, 2023.

Poster Details

Digital/E-Posters, printed, or tabletop posters are all acceptable formats for the Symposium poster session.

  • Digital/E-Posters: We recommend using the standard 36″ by 48″ format for your poster but can potentially accommodate other sizes. You will present your digital poster on a monitor.
  • Printed Posters: We recommend using the standard 36″ by 48″ format for your poster but can potentially accommodate other sizes. The library will cover the cost of printing your poster.
  • Tabletop Posters: These are traditional tri-fold posters. You will need to cover the cost of supplies if you choose to present in this format.


Colorado State University, Writing@CSU: Poster Sessions

New York University, NYU Libraries: How to Create A Research Poster

How to Make an Academic Poster in Powerpoint (video)

Previous Symposia

Previous Symposia

The Spring 2022 GCC Research Symposium took place on Friday, May 6th, from 12-2 pm.

Download the Spring 2022 GCC Student Symposium Program

The 2019 Research Symposium took place Friday, May 3rd, from 12 to 2 pm.

Download the 2019 GCC Research Symposium Program

Questions? Contact librarian Young-In Kim, kimy@gcc.mass.edu, or call 413-775-1831.