2021 GREAT Symposium is scheduled for March 22-25, 2021


We understand that so many of you put so much work into preparations for the GREAT Symposium, and we share in your disappointment that the symposium will not proceed as scheduled.

We want to specifically thank the student planning committee for their countless hours and efforts dedicated to making a special event.


We know how much GREAT means to you and we want to assure you that this decision was not made in haste. However, the rapidly unfolding situation in the past few days necessitated this action as the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and visitors are our major priority.

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Graduate Research Education And Technology (GREAT) Symposium   

2020 GREAT Symposium - March 23 - 26, 2020

 What is the GREAT Symposium?

GREAT is an acronym for Graduate Research Education And Technology Symposium hosted by the OUHSC Graduate College and the OUHSC Graduate Student Association. For the past 44 years, students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have showcased their original research at the GREAT Symposium. Students and postdoctoral fellows compete for travel grants to present their research at national scientific meetings.

All current Graduate College students and those graduating in the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to participate.  In order to redeem GREAT travel award winnings, individuals who have graduated must present proof that they will be presenting the research conducted while a student at the OUHSC and not previously presented at GREAT. Graduates in a postdoctoral position must participate in the postdoctoral fellow competition.

45th Annual GREAT Symposium

The 2020 GREAT symposium will be held March 23 - 26 and will feature oral presentations, poster presentations, and Flash Talk competitions (essentially a 3 minute scientific "elevator pitch" for your research) - as well as a vendor show and awards ceremony for winners of the oral, poster and Flash Talk competitions. The symposium also hosts a career development workshop and an exciting keynote address. To help participants prepare, we will also host 5 Pre-GREAT Workshops in February to teach key points about writing scientific abstracts and preparing and giving 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, as well as a 3 minute Flash Talk competition. If you would like to assistant with organization or volunteer at the symposium, please contact the GREAT Chair Clayton Sandel