About the Symposium 

The Graduate School at Valdosta State is proud to celebrate graduate student research and scholarship in a symposium held each spring. The first event was held in 2009.

The high quality of our students' research and/or scholarship has placed them on an elite list of graduate students nominated by faculty in their graduate programs to present posters or Three Minute Thesis (3MT™).  Click to find out What is 3MT?  The symposium is designed to showcase the outstanding research and/or scholarship being conducted by Valdosta State University Graduate Students and their Faculty mentors. The President of Valdosta State University and/or the Provost give opening remarks. Faculty, Department Heads, Deans, Graduate Students and guests have the opportunity to view posters and hear brief explanations of their research to learn about various projects occurring across campus. To review abstracts regarding student posters, please review the program links below.

2020 Symposium (click the picture below to view)

12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

2019 Symposium Information 

Symposium Photo Album

Congratulations to our winners and to all our participants for their outstanding scholarship and research! 

Namrata Bhandari, Spatial Niche Partitioning Allows Coexistence of Nine-Banded Armadillos and Gopher Tortoises in a Pine Plantation, (Faculty Mentor, Dr. Colleen McDonough)

Bonnie Brown, The Effects of Thickened Liquids on the Amplitude of Muscle Contraction During Swallowing in the Geriatric Population, (Faculty Mentor, Ms. Katherine Walden)

Katie Butts, Demographic, Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors Associated with West Nile Virus, (Faculty Mentor, Dr. Mark Blackmore)

The 12th Annual Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2020

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: UC Magnolia Room

Free and open to the public!

Refreshments will be served.


Faculty mentors wanting to nominate students - please contact for a nomination form.  The nomination deadline is March 11.

Previous Symposium Programs (Check out the abstracts!)