WHY GCURS?

We’re not your usual poster session. In fact, no posters are allowed! Students at GCURS give a 12-15 minute presentation and receive on-the-spot coaching from faculty mentors. GCURS is a forum for students in engineering and science fields to present their original research. Held annually, GCURS welcomes hundreds of students from around the world! Read more from past participants here.

HOW SHOULD I SUBMIT MY ABSTRACT?

Instructions for abstract submission should be carefully followed. Those instructions can be found here.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A TRAVEL AWARD?

Each year, a symposium committee offers a limited number of GCURS Travel Awards. All applicants are welcome to apply for GCURS Travel Awards, and can do so through their GCURS application. Students are encouraged to consult with their home institution regarding funding. All accepted participants are eligible for a housing award, provided they are traveling to Rice from outside the region, and provided they have applied by the GCURS deadline.

WHAT WILL THE PRESENTATION BE LIKE?

Each Division will have specific time lengths for the presenters.  Generally, most presentations will be approximately 12 minutes in length.  After your presentation there may be questions for 2-3 minutes. The Division Coordinator will provide you with specific details about the presentation and uploading your PowerPoint file. More information can be found here.

GCURS is unique in that our faculty serve as mentors, not judges. You’ll receive encouragement and feedback on your presentation!

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT WILL I BE USING?

Technology specifications can be found here. Your division point of contact will provide you more information in the days leading up to your presentation.

CAN VISITORS ATTEND?

Visitors are welcome to attend your presentation.  Visitors are requested to follow symposium etiquette.  If possible, they should remain for the entire session.  If a visitor does need to leave during a session wait until the presenter has finished delivering their presentation or are in between presentations before entering/leaving a session room. Please click here for a campus map with visitor parking and eateries on campus and the surrounding area.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Participants are encouraged to dress in business casual or professional attire. Please remember to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking across campus, and keep an eye on the weather in the days leading up to your travel to Houston. Fall in Houston is typically quite pleasant, with temperatures in the mid-70’s!

IS THERE ANY ETIQUETTE INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW?

General symposium etiquette can be found here. Early arrival to check your PowerPoint presentation to ensure it is properly loaded is encouraged.  Please bring a USB flash drive as a back up. Your division point of contact will give you detailed information regarding arrival time for your session. Additionally, please remain for the entirety of a presentation session.  If you do need to leave during a session wait until the presenter has finished delivering their presentation or is in between presentations before entering a session room. Support your fellow presenters! We also encourage participants to listen to other sessions.

ARE THERE AWARDS FOR EACH SECTION?

No awards are distributed the day of. Every single presenter will be given feedback by faculty, postdoctoral and graduate student mentors. Some divisions make special determinations on excellence in research and clarity of delivery, and those presentations may be recognized as such.