16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Thursday, April 30, 2020


We are excited to announce that this year’s Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) is taking place on Thursday, April 30 in the Summerlee Science Complex.

The GSS showcases graduate student research taking place across the College of Biological Science’s three departments: Human Health & Nutritional Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Integrative Biology. All students, post-docs, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. 

The GSS will follow a new half-day format in 2020, featuring graduate student oral presentations and a poster and networking session. For the first time, the GSS will be awarding prizes to the top presentations and posters. We will also be offering a pre-symposium workshop for poster presenters to learn the special art of pitching your research through a poster. Participants will then have the chance to put their learnings into practice at the afternoon poster session.

All events take place April 30, 2020 in the Summerlee Science Complex.

Tentative Schedule

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Optional pre-symposium workshop:  Scientific Poster Presentations: Getting your Point Across (led by knowledge translation expert Dr. Bill Bettger)
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm: Registration (in the Atrium)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oral presentations (concurrent sessions)
  • 2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break
  • 2:45 – 4:00 pm: Poster and networking session
  • 4:00 pm: Announcement of poster and oral presentation prize winners and closing remarks.

Registration will open March 16.

Abstract Submission and Formatting Instructions:

To submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation with your registration, please follow these formatting instructions:

  • Use size 12 font
  • Times New Roman
  • Save as .doc file
  • Document name: “Lastname_firstname_gss2020.doc”
  • Abstract text – single spaced, 400 words maximum

The document should contain the following:

  1. Title – centred, bold
  2. Author names – centred, please put asterisk beside presenting author


Thank you to the past and present sponsors of the CBS Graduate Student Symposium!

The organizers of the Graduate Student Symposium would like to thank the College of Biological Science, Bio-Rad, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, U of G Graduate Students' Association, Guelph Campus Co-op, Sarstedt, U of G Student Affairs.

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