IGR Graduate Symposium

 2017 IGR Graduate Symposium  
 2017 IGR Graduate Symposium  



Each year, the Institute of Geophysical Research hosts a graduate symposium during the Fall Term during the Winter Term. In each session of the symposium, students will give 12-minute, conference-style talks, followed by 2 minutes for questions and 1 minute for change-over. An award will be given for the best talk following the symposium.

The Fall 2018 Symposium will take place from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, October 30 in CCIS L1-047.


Registration deadline: Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Registration will be done by entering information on the linked Google form. On this form you will be asked to provide the following information: 

  • Your First and Last Name
  • Your Supervisor's Last Name
  • Your Department
  • Your present degree and year in the program (e.g., 1st year MSc, 3rd year PhD, Research Associate, etc)
  • Talk Title
  • State whether you have also applied for a Student Conference Travel Award
  • If you have course or TA commitments on the afternoon of the symposium, specify the times when you cannot speak.
Remember that the audience of the IGR has a broad background. Please avoid the use of acronyms or jargon in the title. Likewise, prepare the talk so at least the first third can be understood by the whole audience.

Note that all Spring and Fall applicants and recipients of the Dr. Roy Dean Hibbs Travel Awards are obliged to give a presentation as a condition of their award.


The schedule will be strictly adhered to with a system that is used in many large conferences like the AGU and APS General Assemblies. On one side of the room will be a television screen acting as a countdown clock:

  • It will be yellow when there are less than 2 minutes remaining in the talk.
  • The screen then turns red and counts down 2 minutes during questions.
  • Finally, the screen turns black and counts down 1 minute until the start of the next talk.

The Graduate Student Symposium is generously sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

The Fall 2017 prize was given to Yarisbel Garcia Quintana for her talk, “Atlantic Water Transformation in the Nordic Seas”. The prize was presented by Professor Paul Myers, Associate Chair (Research) of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.