IGPS 2016

Canceled: Interdisciplinary Graduate & Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UC Davis Graduate Student Association needed to cancel the 2017 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS). Our sincerest apologies for any inconveniences and we thank you for your understanding.

For information on IGPS 2016, please see below.

Interdisciplinary Graduate & Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 IGPS Prize Winners! 


To register for the IGPS 2016 Awards Dinner & Keynote address, please follow this link: http://goo.gl/forms/X6JeJDvLPy 

To access the 2016 IGPS abstract book, please click here: Abstract_Booklet_Final_IGPS_2016_v4



Presenters’ Schedule



Internship and Career Center Workshops at IGPS 2016! 

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Grad Slam Final Rounds at IGPS 2016! 

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 Meet this year’s IGPS Keynote Speaker:

Hope you are doing well. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UC Davis Graduate Student Association needed to cancel the 2017 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium.

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton

Native American Studies faculty member, Beth Rose Middleton photographed in the Arboretum near the Vet School.


Dr. Beth Rose Middleton (Afro-Carribean, Eastern European) is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS. Beth Rose received her BA in Nature and Culture from UC Davis, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. Her book, Trust on the Land: New Direction in Tribal Conservation (University of Arizona Press 2011), explores Native application of conservation easements, with an emphasis in conservation partnership led by California Native Nations. Beth Rose has published on Native economic development in Economic Development Quarterly, on political ecology and healing in the Journal of Political Ecology, on Federal Indian Law as environmental policy, and the history of the environmental justice movement in The CQ Guide to US Environmental Policy, on mapping allotment lands in Ethnohistory, on using environmental laws for indigenous rights in Environmental Management, on the application of market-based conservation tools to Garifuna site protection in Carribbean Quarterly, and on challenges on cultural site protection in Native California in Human Geography. She is currently working on a text on the history of Indian land rights and hydroelectric development in Northern California, a study of the application of Senate Bill 18 (the “traditional tribal places law”) in California.  


What is IGPS? 

The Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is an opportunity for graduate and professional students to showcase the breadth of work conducted at UC Davis with each other, the UC Davis campus, and the wider community.
The symposium grew from a Professors for the Future project into what it is today. Students from every professional school and academic college are invited to give short talks, present posters, showcase artistic displays of performances, and participate in student-organized panel sessions to highlight their work.
Everyone is welcome to attend IGPS performances, view artwork, and view poster, talk, and panel sessions. The schedule for individual presenter times, dates, and locations will be posted here in the near future.

IGPS Categories

All UC Davis Graduate and Professional Students are welcome to apply for any of the following categories:

  • Art: This category refers to any piece of art that you would like to present to the rest of the UC Davis community. Along with your art piece, you will need to submit a description about your artwork (via our online application) where you provide a brief description of your piece, as well as explain how this artwork relates to your work here at UC Davis. Two judges will visit your and your artwork and will take about 5-10 minutes to discuss your artwork.
  • Performance: For this category, you will be allotted a maximum of 20 minutes to perform a piece that addresses the work that you do as a UC Davis student. Furthermore, it should express the importance of interdisciplinary work on our campus. Similar to the art category, you must submit a brief description of your piece, as well as explain how this artwork relates to your work here at UC Davis.
  • Poster Presentation: The poster session will be 2 hours long, where you will demonstrate and discuss your latest results and developments in progress in order to gain feedback and establish connections with other projects that are relevant to your work. Judges will circulate the venue and review all posters and your presentations of the posters. Please note that the standard size of a poster is 24” x 36”.
  • Panel Session: A panel, consisting of 3-5 people (including the chair/facilitator), must present their views on a common theme, issue, or question, and then discuss it with your audience. Each panel will be allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes, out of which a minimum of 30 minutes needs to be dedicated to engaging with the audience by providing questions that facilitate a discussion.
    • Only the chair of the panel needs to submit an application. In the application, the chair will provide the name of the rest of the panelists under the segment titled “Co-authors.”
  • Oral Presentations: For this category, you will be allotted 10 minutes to provide a brief, condensed presentation about a particular project that you have completed or that is a work-in-progress. Your presentation will be followed by a 5-minute period for questions from the audience. Your submission will consist of you clearly indicating in your abstract the following points:
    • What is demonstrated or offered in your presentation?
    • What are the major aspects of your project?
    • Provide the context and motivation for your project.
    • Why your work is important/relevant to an Interdisciplinary symposium? How do you employ interdisciplinarity in your own research?

Please remember that this is the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, which means that your presentations will be geared to an audience that encompasses faculty, peers, undergraduates, and community members.