2022 GREAT Symposium March 28-31


Graduate Research Education And Technology (GREAT) Symposium




2021 All Virtual GREAT Symposium - March 22nd - 25th

 What is the GREAT Symposium?

The Graduate Research Education And Technology Symposium is hosted by the OUHSC Graduate College and Graduate Student Association. For the past 45 years, students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have showcased their original research at this annual symposium. Students and postdoctoral fellows compete for travel grants which allow them to attend and present their research at national scientific meetings.

All current Graduate College students and those graduating in the 2020-21 academic year are eligible to participate.  In order to redeem GREAT travel awards, individuals who have graduated must present proof that they will be presenting the research conducted while at OUHSC and not previously presented at GREAT. Graduates in a postdoctoral position must elect to participate in the postdoctoral fellow competition.

46th Annual GREAT Symposium

The 2021 GREAT symposium will be held March 22 - 25 and will feature oral presentations, poster presentations, and Flash Talk competitions (essentially a 3 minute scientific "elevator pitch" for your research) - as well as an awards ceremony for winners of the Oral, Poster and Flash Talk competitions. GREAT 2021 will also feature a new event, the GREAT Debate, sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.  This event will feature a team debate moderated by Dr. Stephen Ellis, the Director of OU's 2019 national champion debate team.  The GREAT Debate is intended to emphasize the importance of effective communication and interdisciplinary training.  Each team will be comprised of graduate student participants from each of the HSC colleges who will work together to address a relevant topic in the biomedical science and healthcare arena.  Each participant from the winning team will receive $200.  If you would like to find out more about the GREAT Debate, please contact Clay Sandel Clayton Sandel, the GREAT Chair, Hunter Porter, or Dr. Amy Tucker, Amy Tucker.

The symposium also hosts a Career Development Panel and an exciting Keynote Address. To help participants prepare, we will also host 4 Pre-GREAT Workshops in January/February to teach key points about writing scientific abstracts and preparing for oral, poster, and Flash Talk presentations. You can find more information by clicking through links on the right.

Ways to participate in GREAT

All students are encouraged to submit an abstract in order to present a 10-minute oral or a poster presentation, or to participate in the 3 minute Flash Talk competition. If you would like to assistant with organization or to volunteer at the symposium, please contact the GREAT Chair, Hunter Porter.