AESS 2023 Student Research Symposium

1st AESS Student Research Symposium – February 24, 2023

We invite you to apply to participate in this virtual, student research symposium hosted by the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) on Friday, February 24th, 2023. The purpose of this student focused event is to provide a forum for students across the globe to present their original research to the broader environmental community – that is, beyond their own university – and facilitate networking for future opportunities in research and practice.

This event will take place in Zoom and will include student poster presentations (3-4 minute “lightning talks”) and several 30-minute workshops to help participants find and apply for research positions, internships, and jobs in environmental science and studies.

No more submissions are being accepted. Please register for the event by Feb 17, 2023.

For Presenters

We ask that you

  1. Make clear the connection between your work and environmental studies or science; 
  2. Clearly state how your work constitutes original research, for example through primary or secondary date collection and analysis or through exploratory work used to develop a research plan; and 
  3. Keep your presentation to no more than 3-4 minutes in length. Each presenter will have a maximum of 4 minutes to present their work followed by a very brief (1-minute) Q&A, after which Q&A can continue via the zoom chat; and
  4. Include visuals to accompany your talk, which can be in the form of a single slide showing your poster, or several slides illustrating the key points of your talk (see the Symposium site for more details and tips). 

Requirements for LIVE Presentations

Live presentations (those given on 2/24 in zoom) should:

  • Be no more than 3-4 minutes in length (4 minutes is the maximum!)
  • Include visuals to accompany the talk, which can be in the form of a single slide showing your poster, or several slides illustrating the key points of your talk (see demonstration videos below for examples)
  • Be enabled for screen sharing in Zoom – if you have never used the “share screen” feature, we recommend you practice this in advance to ensure this feature is enabled (it may require a change in your Zoom settings that allow for screen sharing)


** The Symposium and “live” presentations will NOT be recorded.


Requirements for Recorded Presentations

If you cannot present your work during the live Symposium, you may record your presentation, share it with us, and we will post it to the Symposium site for attendees to view and comment on. You will be able to respond to comments and questions from viewers in the event platform either during or following the event. 


Recorded presentations should:

  • Be no more than 1-2 minutes in length (2 minutes is the maximum)
  • Include visuals to accompany your talk – we recommend using a poster (template available below, if needed) as the primary visual, but slides are also fine (see demonstration video for example)
  • Be sent to us no later than Monday 2/20


** Pre-recorded presentations will be available for viewing on the event platform for one month (until 3/24)

[Demonstration video coming soon]

[Poster Template(s) coming soon]


Instructions for recording and sharing a presentation:


First, please notify us at [email] to indicate you will not be presenting “live.” Then, you can record and share your presentation (2 minutes max) using one of the following options:

Step 1: Record your presentation. If you’re new to making recorded presentations, these instructional videos show you how:

Step 2: Upload your recorded video to YouTube (preferred) or Vimeo using the following naming convention:  Name Title (Example: Smith My Talk) 

Step 3: Complete this form where you will paste the embed code of your video. Make sure your video is able to be viewed by link. It can remain unlisted, but it must not be “private” or no one will be able to see your presentation.

  • Please submit the form no later than February 20th so we can make them available for viewing by February 24th.

Tips for Creating a Succinct and Clear Presentation

  1. Start with a brief statement of the problem that your research aims to address (or “solve”)
  2. Minimize “background” information – include only what is essential to understanding the research question(s)
  3. Clearly identify the research question(s) – if your work had multiple questions or parts, consider discussing only one or two in your presentation to reduce time and complexity
  4. Briefly discuss your methods in lay language so a non-expert audience with knowledge of ESS can understand
  5. State your results – focus on the key findings and explicitly answer your RQ(s)
  6. Briefly discuss the implications of your results and why they matter – if you have time, state the next steps in your work or what future work should do next to further understand or solve the problem 

Tentative Event Schedule

Time (EST) Session
12:00-12:25 Concurrent Poster A Concurrent Poster B
12:30-1:00 PD Session 1: [Title] (Kim Smith)
1:00-1:25 Concurrent Poster C Concurrent Poster D
1:30-1:55 Concurrent Poster E Concurrent Poster F
2:00-2:30 PD Session 2: Careers in Sustainability (Eban Goodstein)
2:30-2:55 Concurrent Poster G Concurrent Poster H
3:00-3:25 Concurrent Poster J Concurrent Poster K
3:30-4:00 PD Session 3: Opportunities in Research: NSF, REUs, and more! (TBD)


The finalized schedule will be posted and emailed to speakers (including your presentation panel and time) no later than February 8th.

Organizers: Dr. Nirav Patel and Dr. Valerie Rountree

Questions: email

About the Symposium

If you are currently enrolled in or a recent graduate from an undergraduate, Masters, or PhD program we encourage you to apply by submitting an abstract to the link above [now closed]. Applications will be considered from any field related to environmental studies and sciences including work in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering or the humanities. All applicants must provide the name of a faculty mentor who will review application materials and final presentation prior to the event.

Cost of participation (as a presenter or attendee):

  • FREE for active AESS Members (join today)
  • $25 for non-member students

  • $35 for non-member, non-students

By participating in this event, you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Share ideas about key research areas that you would like to pursue with others.

  2. Discuss research questions or concerns that you have been unable to address in other forums.

  3. Learn from others about their experiences with research project design, development, and publication.

  4. Consider issues that are emerging through recent research and scholarship.

  5. Meet and network in an intimate and informal setting with other faculty members interested in environmental studies and science research.