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Join us at the 2021 International Research Conference!

To attend the conference, follow the steps below to register:

Call for Submissions

The Graduate College invites graduate students from all disciplines to present at the International Research Conference (IRC) and showcase their original research! Students at Texas State University, as well as from external institutions, are eligible to participate. This is not limited to graduate students presenting their thesis or dissertation. While you can and are encouraged to present your thesis or dissertation research, we also encourage you to present a classroom project, collaborations with other students or faculty, or other applicable projects.

What's New?

Because of pandemic-related university health and safety measures, this year's conference is being held virtually and will focus on electronic poster (e-poster) presentations, along with short, pre-recorded video introductions and abstracts. Poster presentations are usually a part of most major disciplinary conferences, with virtual—or “e-poster”—versions becoming more common.

Most of the event will be asynchronous, with participants and viewers able to see graduate student’s presentations on their own time throughout the duration of the conference.

Why Present?

  • promote your research
  • gain conference presentation experience
  • enhance communication skills
  • network with colleagues and faculty in various disciplines
  • build the professional development section of your resume/CV
  • demonstrate your understanding of the need to disseminate your research—even during your graduate program
  • interact with a broad audience about your research virtually and asynchronously
  • opportunity to opt in to have your abstract published in the Texas State University Digital Repository*
  • top e-poster awards!

*If you have co-authored and choose to opt in to publish your research in the repository, you must inform and receive permission from your co-author(s).

How It Works

There are three main parts to the research presentation for this year's conference:

  • electronic poster (e-poster)
  • short, pre-recorded video introduction to your e-poster
  • written abstract for your project

Each component will be displayed on ForagerOne’s Symposium platform. Check out our Example Presentation video to view a sample version of a presentation. 

Event Details

The 2021 International Research Conference is being held Tuesday, April 6 through Thursday, April 8 during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Stay tuned for conference attendance details!

To open this year’s conference, we are hosting a Kickoff event, where Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, recipient of the 2020–2021 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award and professor in the Department of Mathematics, will present the keynote address, "The Dynamic Role of Graduate Students in Advancing New Knowledge and Innovation," which focuses on this year's Common Experience theme, Dynamics.

Tuesday, April 6 | 10:30 a.m. – noon | Attend

Attending the conference and Kickoff event is open to all Texas State students, faculty, and staff.


Step 1*:

  • complete the Register to Submit a Proposal form by Monday, February 22  (deadline extended to Monday, March 1) at 11:59 p.m.
  • you must submit Step 1 in order to receive instructions to move forward to Step 2: Submission of Presentation Materials

*Registration for the 2021 International Research Conference is closed. Contact for registration questions.

Step 2:

  • once your Register to Submit a Proposal form has been received and reviewed, you will receive instructions about submitting your presentation materials
  • If you have completed Step 1 but have not received instructions for Step 2 by Tuesday, March 2, please contact
  • the deadline to submit your presentation materials is Friday, March 26

Submission Guidelines

Please note the following materials are due after you have completed the Register to Submit a Proposal form. You will receive instructions from The Graduate College about submitting your presentation materials to the ForagerOne’s Symposium platform.

There are three main parts to the research presentation for this year's conference:

Requirements for submission are outlined below. Step-by-step instructions have been provided to support your work for the various aspects of the three main parts. Check out our Example Presentation video to view a sample version of a presentation. If you have any questions, please contact us at


  • the e-poster is the primary mode of communicating your research at this conference
  • although this is a virtual research e-poster conference, think of the e-poster as a large (48”x36”), single piece of poster board on which you will provide the important elements of your research project while still making it interesting and readable for a general academic audience
  • a common rule of thumb for word count is that the e-poster should have less than 1,000 words, including in all tables and figures. For example, Texas State's research e-poster templates have 977 words
  • the e-poster must include:
    • presenter’s name
    • co-authors/investigators (if applicable)
    • title of project
    • degree and program
    • funder information (if applicable).
  • the e-poster should include all the elements needed to understand your project and its outcomes, including the following categories*:
    • background
    • purpose  
    • research questions/goals
    • design/methods/approach  
    • findings
    • conclusions  
    • practical/social implications  
    • originality/value of the project
    • references

*If it is clear that these categories above are not appropriate for your research project, please add other information applicable to explaining the project. 

  • because the e-poster is a different genre than a research article, it usually does not have long portions of uninterrupted text
    • for example, diagrams can replace large amounts of text and still effectively communicate to your audience; likewise, bullet points can be used instead of paragraphs in many situations
  • some elements that would be fully detailed in a research report can instead be referred to in an e-poster
    • for example, statistical tests can be noted with a reference where the audience can find out more information about that test if needed
  • prepare the e-poster for viewing by a general academic audience (not only in your discipline)
  • the e-poster is a single PDF with multiple sections; Texas State's research e-poster templates is recommended*; the templates can be easily modified to create an e-poster unique to you and your research
    *Please note you do not have to use one of these templates offered to participate in the conference.

Pre-Recorded Video Introduction:

  • the short, pre-recorded video introduction of your e-poster (a Zoom-type recording) should be 2-5 minutes in length
  • the purpose of the video recording is to provide an opportunity for you to directly address the audience about your research project. It is most useful if you take the approach of introducing your project through referencing or walking through your e-poster so that the audience will be able to effectively view and understand your e-poster. You should give a brief overview of the project to support your e-poster introduction, but remember that you also have a written abstract that provides an overview as well.
  • if you have co-authors, one or both/all of you may be in the introduction video, but only one video is allowed per e-poster
  • file types allowed: MP4, MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, or HEVC (h265)
  • you can make your video with any recording device that you are comfortable with, as long as it produces an allowable file type. Zoom is recommended and what most students will likely use:
    • with Zoom, most systems can easily load a virtual background to your recording so that you can have a neutral background; we recommend using official Texas State background images. If you do not wish to use a virtual background, it is recommended to choose a neutral background when recording your video introduction.
    • view Zoom's step-by-step instructions for recording

Review our Video Recording and Editing page for detailed instructions for both PC or Mac users.


  • the abstract must be 250-500 words in length
  • the purpose of the abstract is to give an overview of the project. Unlike the e-poster introduction video, the abstract does not refer directly to the poster. Instead, the abstract provides an overview of important elements of the project. 
  • for empirical research, the abstract should include the following sections* (if applicable):
    • background
    • purpose  
    • research questions/goals
    • design/methods/approach  
    • findings
    • conclusions  
    • practical/social implications  
    • originality/value of the project

*Additional sections may be added as needed.

  • if your research project does not reflect those categories and is such that a different set of categories (or narrative) is better suited for your abstract, you should structure your abstract accordingly
  • the abstract text will be entered directly into ForagerOne’s Symposium platform



  • Best Poster
  • Honorable Mention


  • Best Poster
  • Honorable Mention

Faculty Respondents

Faculty respondents are appointed to provide feedback on presentations and engage with presenters to help enhance their projects and future research. All graduate faculty are eligible to sign up to be faculty respondents. Sign up today!

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will evaluate the e-poster presentations and make the final determinations of each award. Learn more about judging criteria.

2021 Judges

  • Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, College of Fine Arts and Communication 
  • Dr. Patti Giuffre, The Graduate College
  • Dr. Andrea Golato, The Graduate College
  • Dr. Peter Golato, Department of World Languages & Literatures
  • Dr. Eric Paulson, The Graduate College 
  • Dr. Sandy Rao, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Dr. Aimee Roundtree, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Alexis Stokes, College of Business Administration 
  • Dr. Bob E. Vasquez, College of Applied Arts

Past Conferences

Check out the archives to see graduate student research presented at the International Research Conference over the years!

This event is organized by The Graduate College and co-sponsored by the Common Experience.


Contact us at

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2581 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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