GSS 2020 Program Cover

The 31st Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 12th, 2020, from 9 am to 4:15 pm on Zoom. This event is a wonderful opportunity for SAFS graduate students to share their current, past, or proposed research and get feedback from other students, faculty, and scientists.

Watch this year’s presentations

This year’s GSS is the first to have a major focus on five-minute speed talks in addition to the usual 15-minute “conference talks”. Increasingly, we are being asked to convey the aims and results of our research to groups of stakeholders rapidly, and our students are leading the way to create presentations that can summarize the key aspects of complex and impactful research very rapidly. The year is also the first to include workshops. The workshops aim to complement the courses given at the School and reflect skills that our graduates increasingly need as they move beyond SAFS and make their impact on their chosen fields. The workshop by Isabel Carrera Zamanillo is particularly timely given the School’s goal of creating a more welcoming and supportive community that recognizes that it can contribute to actions that overcome the lack of representation of historically oppressed groups within the School and the profession at large.

GSS 2020 Full Program

This annual event is sponsored by the Skau Endowment, established in memory of Oscar Skau by his family and friends.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office ten days in advance at 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264/FAX, or

Are you a new grad student and not sure what GSS is or how to be involved?

We welcome submissions by first-year graduate students! You do not need to already have analyzed data to present. You are welcome to present previous work or the proposed work you plan to do while here at SAFS.

We are also always in need of volunteers for both planning and executing the event. Feel free to e-mail us with any questions you may have at

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