The 52nd Annual Graduate Student Colloquium April 2-3, 2020


Key Information

1. Changes have been made to the attendance requirements this year.

  • Please refer to the “Rules and Judging Guidelines” tab to see what is new.

2. March 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm

  • Abstracts and Photo Contest submissions are due.

3. March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

  • “Science as Art” submissions are due (more information is in the “Submit Abstract/Contest Entry” page). This new addition to this year’s grad colloquium is an opportunity for Graduate students to show off their data visualization skills by submitting the most beautiful figure that they have made as part of their research. The submissions will be printed, displayed, and voted on by other students/faculty/staff. We encourage voting criteria to be based on graphical design and aesthetic, as this exhibit is designed to encourage students to step back and consider how to represent their data in the best possible way. The students with the most amount of votes will win a small prize. Dates/times of the exhibit and voting are yet to be determined.

4. March 23 and March 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm. 541 Deike

  • Kevin Furlong will hold workshops on “How to Give a Good Poster” and “How to Give a Good Talk”.


The 2020 Graduate Student Colloquium will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of April in the Pulse of the Earth (240 Deike Building).

The Graduate Student Colloquium is a student-organized annual event that celebrates the research accomplishments of our graduate student community. This event is hosted by the Department of Geosciences and is open to all graduate students involved in geosciences related research.

The Graduate Student Colloquium provides an opportunity to present our research to the department, receive feedback from faculty judges and peers, and compete for monetary prizes. The colloquium format also stimulates research discussion, and helps students improve their communication skills and think about the broader implications of their work. The abstract and photo contest submission deadline for this year’s colloquium will be March 6th at 5pm. All are encouraged to participate; presentations on research in progress are welcome. If you would like to submit an entry to the “Science as Art” event, they will be due on March 18th at 5pm.

A series of events will take place prior to the Graduate Student Colloquium including a presentation on “how to give a good talk and poster” by Kevin Furlong. The Graduate Colloquium Committee wishes to thank in advance the students and faculty for their participation. The Committee also wishes to thank the Shell People Services Division of Shell Oil Company; the Department of Geosciences for their donations of prize money and their generous financial support; and Dave Cannon and his family for their generous donation towards the graduate colloquium awards.