First held in 2008, the annual Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) is one of the longest-running and most prestigious undergraduate research conferences in the southeast. Open to students from all universities and hosted by top-ranked Rice University, GCURS provides students around the world the opportunity to present their original research to an audience of their peers.

GCURS is unique in many ways, but a significant one is that it is not a poster presentation. We believe the ability to explain your research to a diverse audience is an essential skill for all student researchers and prospective graduate students to master. GCURS was established to give undergraduate researchers in the southeast the opportunity to practice and to master that skill. Participants give 10-12 minute oral presentations on their original research or course project. After the presentation, they are coached by faculty and graduate student advisers and receive mentoring and feedback on their presentation skills and their work.

The morning following the symposium, Rice hosts further professional development opportunities with our Sunday Sessions, a series of talks related to graduate school life and the admissions process. We want GCURS applicants to be well-prepared should they decide to pursue graduate study in the United States.

In 2020, we will celebrate 12 years of research and professional development. If you are a student, we hope you will celebrate with us! Applications for GCURS will open in late spring. If you are an adviser, we would be delighted to have your students apply, and have you join us as a mentor. A flyer can be found here, and an interest form for prospective participants here. If you are an adviser and wish to be added to our mailing list, email