The Graduate Research Forum will be held on Friday, May 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the EMU



The Poster session will be from 11:30-1:30 in the Erb Memorial Union.  You can check in and put up your poster as early as 9 am. Please check in and set up your poster no later than 11:15 am.


  • Dimensions of posters should NOT EXCEED 48″ in width
  • A convenient and affordable printing option is the Output Room
  • You can also print at FedEx on Willamette and Central Print and Reprographic
  • Posters will be mounted on a partition. Pins and clips will be provided.

Remember that your poster presentation should be addressed to a general university audience, rather than just specialists in your academic field.

Posters are categorized by field; first place in each category will win $200. There is also a People’s Choice Winner as voted by attendees with a prize of $200.


The 3mt Prelims will be from 10:00-12:00 Cedar and Spruce rooms in the Erb Memorial Union.  3MT Finals will be from 2-3 in the Redwood Auditorium.

3MT Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

First place wins $500; second place $300; third place $200  and the People’s Choice gets $100.


Panel sessions are comprised of presentations on a particular theme by three or more students. Sessions are limited to 60 minutes, of which 10 minutes must be set aside for Q&A or other discussion. (In other words, student presentations, in whatever format(s), should take up no more than 50 minutes of the 60-minute session).

We highly encourage innovative session presentation formats in addition to the traditional panel format. This could involve audience engagement, lightning talks, photo essays, artist talks, conversation-based discussions, and more.

Each panel must designate a panel moderator who will serve as the main contact.

Participating panelists must submit:

  • Title of individual presentation
  • Abstract of individual presentation (200 words max.)
  • Name and email of panel moderator
  • Name and email of your academic advisor

In addition to their own individual presentation information, the panel moderator must submit a title of their panel session.

Submit an Abstract for the 2020 Graduate Research Forum by March 30th!

Questions? Please feel free to email Jen McNutt-Bloom, Event Coordinator, at

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