We encourage late career undergraduate students and all graduate students to participate (even if you are in your first year).

Abstract Submission

Deadline: January 26, 2023    Submit your abstract here.

We welcome abstract submissions through an online form. Please feel free to re-submit abstracts from previous conferences.  Graduate students can present a project idea, even if you do not have any data/conclusions.
Students may now present in the symposium without participating in the competition. There is a question about this in the submission form (above). If you ‘opt-out’ of the competition, you will not be assigned any judges and you will not be eligible for the cash awards. You will have the opportunity to network, present your research/project proposals, and receive informal feedback.

To submit your abstract, please follow these steps:

1. Prepare your abstract in your word processing program of choice.

2. Submit your abstract through our online form.

3. Once in the submission portal:

  • Indicate if you would like to compete or simply present your research.
  • Provide your demographics and UT email.
  • Select your student status:   Student category descriptions can be found below
  • Indicate which department you are affiliated with.
  • Select Jackson School supervisor
  • Select which research groups you are associated with.
  • Fill in your abstract title (please check your spelling!)
  • List your authors in the correct order
  • Either submit an abstract file (.doc, .pdf, or .txt) or you can copy and paste your abstract text into the Abstract text box(250 word limit).
  • Provide keywords related to the research you are presenting

Contact at Nicole Czwakiel and Mikayla Pascual if you have any questions about abstracts or encounter any issues.

Presentation Guidelines

Poster sizeMaximum width of 6 feet. The dimensions should be a width of 56-72 (max) in. and a height of a required 40 in. to fit on the poster stand. Please see this UTBox folder for editable example poster templates:

  • If printing at JGB: At least one dimension of your poster (usually height) needs to be equal or less than 42 inches. Give yourself a half inch of white space on all sides to the edge of the paper.
  • General things to keep in mind:
    • Presentation should cover the material cited in the abstract
    • Poster must have title and author names
    • Prepare figures to be size sufficient for viewing at ~2 meters distance
    • Paragraph and caption text should be no smaller than 24-point font, header text ~36-point font
    • Organize the information in a clear, orderly, and self-explanatory way
Presentations: For presenting your poster, you should prepare a ~5 minute overview of your research. This will allow your audience time to ask questions.

Judging Categories

Explanations for the judging categories can be found below. There may be exceptions to each category so if you have any questions on what category you belong to, please email Nicole Czwakiel and Mikayla Pascual.

The judge’s rubric can be found here. The rubric is subject to change before the 2023 symposium. Participants and judges will be notified in advance of any changes.

Early Career Graduate Students

  • Ph.D. Students (Pre-qualifying exam) with limited research results from their time at the Jackson School
  • 1st year Master’s students with limited research results from their time at the Jackson School
  • These students are encouraged to submit “idea” posters that outline their research interests and what they plan on studying for their thesis and any preliminary data.
  • If you are in the first year of your MS or Ph.D. and would like to present your Undergraduate research, you still should submit to the Early Career Grad judging category and should be made clear on your poster.
  • If you are in the first year of your Ph.D. and would like to present your completed MS work, you should submit to the Late Career MS judging category even if you are currently a first-year Ph.D. student as the judging criteria are different.

Late-Career Master’s Students

  • 2nd year Master’s students who have completed some of their own thesis research
  • Early career graduate students who are presenting on previously completed MS work

Late-Career Ph.D. Students

  • Ph.D. candidates (Post-qualifying) who have completed some of their own thesis research
  • Early career graduate students who are presenting on previously completed Ph.D. work

Undergraduate Students

  • Students currently enrolled as undergraduate students

High School Students


Time Event
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast * & Coffee
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Planetary Sciences and Geobiology, Marine Geosciences, Climate and the Environment
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch*
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Energy Geosciences, Solid Earth and Tectonic Processes, Surface and Hydrologic Processes
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour & Awards

*GF and Vegan options will be provided. Please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements you’d like us to account for.

Transportation and Parking: This year’s Symposium will be held at San Jacinto Hall on main campus.
COVID Precautions: Masking is encouraged but optional.