Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

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The Graduate School and the Postdoctoral Programs Office will be hosting the Fourth Annual Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Friday, April 1, 2022, from 12:00-6:30pm at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. This half-day symposium will showcase transformative scholarly research from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across disciplines at the University. 

The symposium will include a keynote speaker, poster and oral presentations, and TED-like talks. The symposium will finish with a catered reception and awards ceremony. Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from all campuses are invited to attend.

All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply for one of three participation formats: poster presentation, oral presentation, or TED-like Talk.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top presentations.

To submit the application you will need to: 

  • Upload a 350-word abstract (12 point Times New Roman font, single-spaced)
  • Upload a headshot for your presenter profile
  • Get your advisor/mentor's approval as an electronic signature on your application

 You must submit your completed application by February 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

 For questions, please contact Dr. Tiffany Plantan, Executive Director at the Graduate School, at


Previous Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposiums

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  • 2021 Recap

    The Graduate School hosted the Third Annual Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Friday, April 16, 2021, completely virtually.

    For a full list of presenters, click here.

    For a summary of the event, read the article published in News@TheU.


    Keynote Address

    Dr. Erin Kobetz, Vice Provost for Research and Professor in the departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Miller School of Medicine. 

    To view Dr. Kobetz's keynote address, click here


    First TED-like Talk

    Cho-Hee Shrader, PhD Student in Prevention Science and Community Health in the Miller School of Medicine

    Presentation: What Is Homophily and How Can It Halt HIV?

    To view Cho-Hee Shrader's presentation, click here.


    Second TED-like Talk

    Marina McLerran, Master's Student in Music Education in the Frost School of Music

    Presentation: Instrumental Music Education for Music Students with Hearing Impairment

    To view Marina McLerran's TED-like Talk, click here.

  • 2020 Recap

    The Graduate School hosted the Second Annual Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. 

    Oral Presentation Winners 
    • Winner: Cho Hee SchraderPh.D. student in Prevention Science and Community Health
    • Runner-up: Hilary Yip, Ph.D. student in Music Education
    • Runner-up: Mengxi Shen, Postdoctoral Associate in Retina Imaging
    • Runner-up: Stanislav Lazupolo, Postdoctoral Associate in Physics
    Poster Presentation Winners

    The symposium included poster and oral presentations, TED-like talks, and a keynote address by Dr. Hansel Tookes from the IDEA Exchange. Dr. Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH, is the Founder and Medical Director of the IDEA Exchange. As Medical Director, Dr. Tookes works to empower, educate, and serve the communities of South Florida, especially, Miami-Dade County, through harm reduction. With a passion for behavioral interventions and innovative approaches to HIV prevention, his goal is to continue to conduct translational research that will effect changes in health policy to improve the health of the community. He has extensive experience in working with low socioeconomic status patients and drug users. He has extensive training on inpatient HIV care and in outpatient continuity HIV care. His experience with his patients has enabled him to be an effective advocate in the State of Florida. (Sourced from

    For event pictures, click here.

    For a full agenda and the list of presenters and abstracts, click here.

    For a video of the keynote address and the TED-like Talks presentations, click here.

  • 2019 Recap

    Poster Presentation Winners
    • Health & Life Sciences
      • Winner: Hallie Quiroz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Vascular Research
      • Winner: Morgan Gianola, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
      • Runner-up: Natalia de la Oliva Muñoz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience 
    • Engineering & Physical Sciences
      • Winner: Nima Hosseinzadeh Nanehkaran, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering 
      • Runner-up: Yusuf Secerdin, Ph.D. Student in Industrial Engineering
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences
      • Winner: Vanesa Mora Ringle, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
      • Runner-up: Estefany Saez Flores, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
    • Arts & Humanities
      • Winner: Victor Rubio, Master's Student in Music Education
      • Runner-up: Lorena Knezevic, Master's Student in Architecture
    • People’s Choice: Babak Vafaei, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering
    Oral Presentation Winners
    • Risk & Resilience Session: Judith Lobo, Ph.D. Student in Psychology 
    • Ecosystem Science Session: Maria Cartolano, Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Biology and Ecology 
    • Advancing Biomedical Research Session: Mirza Muhammad Fahd Qadir, Ph.D. Student in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology 
    TED-like Talks Winner
    • Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering

    For event pictures, click here.

    For a full list of presenters and abstracts, click here.

    For the full video of the keynote address and Ted-like Talk Presentations, click here