GCC Student Symposium

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 2 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 from the audience.
How can students participate?

A call for applications will be shared with students and faculty ahead of the symposium. Students will need to submit a short application by the deadline.

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 us at reference@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1831.