2018 VASG Graduate Symposium

Research strategies that make a difference, professional skills development for tomorrow’s STEM workforce

A regional event for all marine and coastal graduate students, professionals, and university partners, Virginia Sea Grant designed the Graduate Symposium to spark scientific and professional imaginations, highlight cutting-edge graduate research, and expand professional networking channels.

With innovative coastal and marine research, communication strategies, and insights into the science-policy interface, the Symposium is a forum for researchers, policymakers, resource managers, and employers. Attendees engage with other coastal and marine science professionals from non-profit organizations, private industry bodies, as well as state and federal agencies.

Friday, February 9, 2018
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center,
1000 Virginia Center Parkway
Glen Allen VA, 23059

Registration Open: Friday, September 15, 2018
Poster Call Open: Friday, September 15, 2017 – Friday, December 15, 2017
Includes food and beverage, program, and access to facilities amenities. Advance registration for the Symposium is required.

Itinerary at a Glance

    07:30 am Registration
    08:00 am Welcome
    08:15 am Ted-like Talks
    11:00 am The Alda Method
    12:30 pm Lunch
    01:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 pm Career Fair

    06:00 pm Closing

    To see full agenda, click here.

Virginia Sea Grant invites students region-wide to register for the 2020 Graduate Symposium. This innovative educational and networking event will be held February 2020 at Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center.

Poster Submissions

The abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2017 11:59PM ET. Electronic submission should be submitted through the registration site. All abstracts must be received by the closing date noted above. Attendees are permitted only ONE poster abstract per submission. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the poster selection committee. Applicants will be notified by December 20, 2017.

Abstract Guidelines:
1. Full name of presenting author
2. Email of presenting author
3. Additional authors listed (full names and organization)
4. Title (limit of 15 words and be entered as one sentence)
5. Abstracts must be no longer than 200 words (~1500 characters)
6. Abstract release (by submitting your abstract you are agreeing to the publication of your abstract in conference-related materials)

Poster Guidelines:

The poster session is schedule for 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. Presenters are responsible for creating and printing their own posters. Poster session presentation day assignments will be distributed in January. Presenters are asked to stand by their poster during their assigned presentation time, and are encouraged to be present during coffee breaks, lunch hours, etc. Our goal is to give your research as much exposure as possible so you can make the most of your participation at the Symposium. If you cannot be present during your assigned time, please leave a note by your poster stating when you will be available to answer questions.

Poster Dimensions:

Each poster will be displayed on one-half of an eight foot (2.44-meters) wide by four foot (1.22-meters) high board, with a two inch (5.08-centimeter) metal frame around the perimeter. Posters should not exceed 44 inches (116-cm in height by 45 inches (112-centimeters) in width to fit within the pushpin board dimensions. Two posters will be displayed on each wall. Mounting materials will be provided.

Travel Information

A special group rate available. Book your hotel room here. You may reserve additional dates by calling the hotel directly at 804-727-1400 and asking for the Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Symposium group block. Reservations must be made by January 15, 2018 to guarantee the group rate of $124 per night.

Directions to the hotel can be found HERE. Parking is provided as a part of your registration.

For reference of the 2018 Graduate Symposium, please visit our Facebook Event Page — 2018 VASG Graduate Symposium.

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