2022 GREAT Symposium March 28-31

Graduate Research Education And Technology (GREAT) Symposium



2022 GREAT Symposium - March 28th - 31st

 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 46 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 2021-22 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.

47th Annual GREAT Symposium

The 2022 GREAT Symposium will be held March 28 - 31 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 2022 will also feature the GREAT Debate, co-sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.  This event will be held Wednesday, March 30th @ 12pm, in-person & via Zoom.  The debate will be moderated by Dr. Amy JohnsonProfessor in the Department of Communication at University of Oklahoma. Dr. Johnson has also served as Graduate Liaison for the department and has expertise is interpersonal communication.  Her research interests include long-distance relationships and computer-mediated communication, friendships, stepfamilies, and interpersonal argument. She has published in such venues as Communication Monographs, Journal of Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Personal Relationships.  

The GREAT Debate is intended to emphasize the importance of effective communication and interdisciplinary training.  Each team will be comprised of student participants from each of the HSC colleges who will work together to address a relevant topic in the biomedical science and healthcare arena.  To prepare for the GREAT Debate, the two teams will work with Dr. Ioana Cionea, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication, OU Norman.  Dr. Cionea's primary research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and quantitative research methods and she has extensive Debate experience.  She will provide weekly coaching sessions to help teams formulate their argument, in favor of or against the debate topic, and prepare for opening and closing arguments as well as cross-examination and rebuttal. This fantastic event will be held Wednesday, March 30th @ 12PM, in-person & via Zoom.  The audience will vote and each participant from the winning team will receive $200.  There will also be a special award for the overall "best speaker".  If you would like to find out more about the GREAT Debate, please contact Annie Doyle, GREAT IDPE Chair, or Dr. Amy Tucker, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education & Research, HSC Graduate College.

The symposium also hosts a Career Development Seminar, (contact Marisa Bickel, Career Development Chair, for more information) and an exciting Keynote Address (contact Bre'Ana Byrd, GREAT Vice-President, for more information). To help participants prepare, we will be hosting 5 Pre-GREAT Workshops in February and early March, to cover key points about Cultural Competency, Presenting with a Passion, Collaboration in Research, Flash Talks and Research as a Physician.  You can find more information by clicking through links on the right, or you may contact Abigail Morgan, Pre-GREAT Workshop Chair.

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, Ramasamy Selvarani.