Graduate Research Symposium

FARE's Graduate Research Symposium was held on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. in the OMAFRA Conference Rooms (1st floor).

All Master’s students are required to present two seminars related to their thesis research.
A list of the 2024 student presenters and topics can be found here.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

The Symposium is an annual opportunity for University of Guelph graduate students to showcase their rural research to policy makers, policy analysts, and program staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and community partners. The event facilitates knowledge mobilization and network building between graduate students at the University of Guelph, researchers, OMAFRA, and community partners. This event is a great way to learn more about our graduate research taking place at the University of Guelph and to network with staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs along with other partnering organizations.

The first seminar, normally held in May or June of the student’s first year of studies, outlines the proposed thesis research, including key research questions and methods of data collection and analysis.

The second seminar, normally held in March of the student’s second year of studies, provides a summary of the key research results and conclusions.

Students will use the MSc Proposal and Results presentation templates accordingly.

Additionally, second year MSc students will be asked to serve as a discussant for a first year MSc student. Discussants will be assigned according to research topics. PhD students will be asked to serve as a discussant for a second year MSc student. 

FARE*6800 course requirement:  Students will be deemed to have met the requirements for FARE*6800 when they have successfully completed their research symposium presentation in the first and second years of their program. Students should register for FARE*6800 in the semester they will be presenting their second research symposium.

The Graduate Research Symposium is co-hosted by the Department of FARE, the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Contact: Graduate Program Assistant via email at