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. Interested students can apply for travel awards through their GCURS application, if the section of interest is participating in the award distribution. Students are encouraged to consult with their home institution regarding funding; many universities have funds set aside for undergraduates to travel and present at conferences. 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 10-12 minutes in length, however some sections may require a longer talk in a different format; e.g. Mathematics presenters should plan for a ~20 minute talk.  After your presentation there may be questions for 2-5 minutes. Your section administrator will provide you with specific details about the presentation and uploading your slide deck. 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 provided they have registered, you have notified your section administrator, and you’ve received approval. Visitors are requested to follow symposium etiquette. We ask that they 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 the session is in between presentations before entering/leaving a session room. 

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!

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

Meals are provided on the day of the symposium – a light breakfast, lunch and reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres are provided. If you are staying for the Sunday Sessions, a light breakfast will also be provided before the talks begin.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Students accepted to present at GCURS will be sent parking information in the weeks leading up to the symposium. Students also attending the Sunday Sessions can use the visitor parking indicated in yellow on the map here. Parking is not validated on Sunday.

IS THERE ANY ETIQUETTE INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW?

General symposium etiquette can be found here. Early arrival to check your presentation to ensure it is properly loaded is encouraged. Please bring a USB flash drive with your presentation 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 the symposium. 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. You will receive general feedback the day of the presentation; some sections will provide written feedback the day of the symposium, and some will send it to you shortly after the conclusion of the event.