Summer Science Symposium

Each year our summer research program culminates with a day long event in which we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. 

Summer 2024

The 2024 Research in Science summer program symposium will be held Friday, July 26, 2024

  • Oral Presentations 9:30am-11:00am, Shanklin 107
    • Sign-ups will open in July.
  • Keynote Lecture 12pm, Exley 150 
    • Ishita Mukerji, Fisk Professor of Natural Sciences
  • Poster Session 1:30pm-2:15pm and 2:30pm-3:15pm, Exley Lobby 
    • Students will be assigned to present during the first or second session, so all may view their peers' posters.

Please visit our archive for scenes from last year's poster session. You can read about the event in Wesleyan's newsletter here.

Resources for Students 

Poster Session Elements

  • Short biography with photo due Sunday, July 21, at midnight.
  • Research abstract to accompany the poster due Monday, July 22, at midnight.
  • Poster (see below for deadlines).
  • Fellows unable to participate in the poster session must contact Anika ( by July 15 to discuss options.

Poster Printing

  • Posters paid for with Wesleyan funds must be printed by the Wesleyan Print ShopIf your poster is printed off site the cost cannot be reimbursed.
  • Students are responsible for submitting their design to the print shop, and for picking the completed poster up from the print shop.
  • The deadline to submit your poster is Monday, July 22, 2024 at 9:00am.

Poster Prizes

There are two prizes available to students who participate in the Poster Session. Both prizes come with a cash prize: $100 to the first prize winner, $50 to second place, and $25 to third place.

The CIS Research in the Sciences Image Prize

The image prize is awarded for the best visualization of summer student research work. The entries will be judged by a committee of faculty across disciplines. Images may include photographs, illustrations, data plots, or other scientific imaging. Entries require:

  1. an image 
  2. a short description of the image which includes how you captured or created it and its relevance to your research project

Entries to the image prize are due midnight Monday, July 22.

The Maureen Snow Summer Poster Prize

The posters are evaluated based on their effectiveness of communicating their work to a broad audience. Interdisciplinarity is a central theme for CIS, and the RIS summer program. The division-wide poster session at the end of the summer is an excellent example where scientists from across all fields are interacting and talking about their work. A vital skill for our research students is to be able to communicate their work to such a broad audience, from aficionados to students in the field, to individuals far from their area of work. To show appreciation for Maureen Snow's tireless work on the summer program and poster session, the selection committee will be exclusively made up of Administrative Assistants in the NSM departments.

Entries to the poster prize are due midnight Monday, July 22.

We thank the following groups and individuals for their financial support: Academic Affairs, College of the Environment, individual departments, individual mentors, the McNair program, the Quantitative Analysis Center, the CIS Research in the Sciences program, WesMaSS, RISE Fellowships, the Gordon Career Center, alumni donors: Joshua Boger, Shonni Silverberg, the Sonnenblick, Lacrosse and Siegal families.