Welcome to the 2016 UMaine Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Symposium (formerly GradExpo)

In past years, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) have hosted independent student research events known as the Graduate Academic Exposition and the CUGR Academic and Creative Activities Showcase. This year the GSG and CUGR are working together to organize a joint event called UMaine Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Symposium. The event will consist of student research presentations that will be judged by faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. It will also act as a forum for research centers and future employers to market their needs to students, as well as offer a means for  professional development.

Due to the large scale of hosting a joint event such as this, the planning committee has decided to host the event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Holding the event in a large public venue will increase the visibility and accessibility of the research conducted by students at UMaine and will allow students to converse and share ideas with legislators, professionals and community leaders. It will also provide an opportunity for students to interact with those that stand to directly benefit from their research findings.To facilitate this, representatives from State government, industry, research institutions, and local community groups have been invited to attend and engage with UMaine student presenters, which will ultimately increase the publicity of student research at UMaine.

The 2016 Symposium will take place on April 27th from 8am-5pm, and will be held in the Cross Insurance Center, in downtown Bangor, ME.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 3rd March 2016 @ 5 pm EST

Description of presentation formats

ORAL PRESENTATION: Presenters will be given 12 minutes (plus 2 minutes for questions) to present their work to an audience with the help of visual aids (PowerPoint, Prezi etc.). Moderators will manage oral sessions and will enforce time limits and handle changeovers between presenters. Wherever possible, presenters will be grouped in sessions by subject matter.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Poster presentations allow for more intimate discussion on topics with audience members, as presentations are often one-on-one. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the event and presenters will be allotted a time to stand by their poster and present it (usually 2 hours).

PECHA KUCHA: Pecha Kucha is a new format of presenting where being perfectly succinct is the name of the game. Presentations must have 20 images that advance automatically after 20 seconds, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Note that presentations should have 20 images, not slides. This is a fun and challenging style of presenting that is often considered an art form. For additional information see

ROUNDTABLE / PANEL DISCUSSION (subject to interest): A more collaborative method for presenting work, roundtables partner 4-6 presenters with similar topics of interest for an interactive presentation and discussion. Each participant is given 5-10 minutes to give a brief presentation or synopsis of their work. After the presentations, an appointed chairperson will identify connections or common themes and start a discussion that would involve the participants and audience members.  These discussions should serve to highlight the multidisciplinary approaches taken by student researchers at UMaine to problems facing Maine and further afield. The hope is that these sessions will foster dialogue between students at UMaine and the broader community.

LIVE READINGS: Not all research can be presented in visual formats. Live reading sessions will allow students to read from their literary works (essays, papers, theses, fiction, poetry etc.) for 10-15 minutes and engage in discussion with audience members. PowerPoints etc. are optional and there is no need to memorize your text.

LIVE PERFORMANCE / EXHIBITS: Some work is visual and can only be expressed and appreciated when performed or physically exhibited. Submissions from all disciplines are invited, whether intermedia, fine art, sciences, technology, or something else. The nature of this category means that there are no hard and fast rules for submissions. The only exceptions would be submissions that may cause damage to the event venue or pose a public health and safety risk.

If you feel that none of these formats will be suitable for your work, please specify on the form and send me an email (at the above address)– I’d love to discuss it with you.


If you have questions, please contact Vice President Jack McLachlan at jack[dot]mclachlan[at]maine[dot]edu


UPDATED Feb 6th, 2016