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Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum

The 36th Hayes Forum will be held in person on Friday, March 4th, 2022.

The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the full range of graduate degree programs and research topics and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, the administration, and the public. This will be the first year that postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to present. Cash prizes, totaling more than $14,000, will be awarded to the top-judged presentations in each academic area for graduate students. There will be separate sessions for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge with organizational and operational support from the Office of Student Life.

Questions? E-mail CGS Vice President, Abby 

  • Abstracts for the 2022 forum will be accepted October 4th, 2021 through November 19th, 2021.

Note: Selected applicants are assigned to either an oral or poster presentation based on scores. The application does not include an option to choose either oral or poster presentation. Postdoctoral scholars will only be selected for oral presentations.

The 36th Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum will take place on March 4th, 2022. To see this past year's winner's visit the 2021 winners tab on the left side of this page. 

Abstract Guidelines

  1. You must be the sole author of your abstract's text, though the research may have been conducted collaboratively. 
  2. Applications must be individual. You cannot submit an application in more than 1 person's name.
  3. If selected for presentation, you must be the person to present your research. You cannot ask someone else to present on your behalf. You also cannot make joint presentations.
  4. Students and postdoctoral scholars may only submit one proposal in total and only to one oral academic area. Students' and postdoctoral scholars' work will be evaluated by professionals from that general academic area, so proposals need to be understood by those in a fairly broad range of related fields. Minimize complex and esoteric language that may not be understood by your judges. The ability to explain complex material in a clear and convincing way is part of the judges' consideration in evaluating your proposal.
  5. Do not include any information that could be used to identify you, such as your name, your advisor's name, or your department in the abstract file. Papers are judged by a blind review process. Any application that does not meet this criterion may be disqualified.
  6. Abstract submissions must be approved by the faculty member who is supervising your research.
  7. The abstract must be typed (10-12 point font only) and single-spaced.
  8. Margins must be no less than 1 inch on all sides (top, right, left and the bottom of the page).
  9. At the top of the page, please write the title of the paper in the center. 
  10. Abstracts should be no more than 1000 words and no longer than 1 page. This excludes references and citations.
  11. Abstracts must not include any tables, figures, or illustrations.
  12. You should include the following information in the abstract: (a) Purpose of the study/piece; (b) Research method; (c) Findings or Predicted Findings; and (d) Implications. These categories may need to be adjusted to fit your particular research and the scholarly traditions of your field. For example, you may need to be explicit about the theoretical perspective underlying your research or the data analysis methods you employed.
  13. Abstracts will be evaluated based on the quality of the writing and the research. This includes the purpose of the research, the research design, and procedure, the theoretical and/or practical significance of the findings, the conclusions, and any other content.
  14. Abstracts will be evaluated in the academic area you select from the 10 academic areas for graduate students or 3 academic areas for postdoctoral scholars. In determining the area in which you will submit your abstract, the primary factor to consider is the subject matter addressed by your research, not necessarily your area of enrollment. For example, a paper from a graduate student in Comparative Studies might be evaluated within Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences rather than in Humanities.
  15. It is the applicant's responsibility to double check that they have submitted their abstract to the correct academic area. Double check that you have chosen the correct academic area prior to submission.
  16. The online application (including the submission of an abstract) must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 19th, 2021. The file format must be a .Pdf . We cannot accept applications submitted in any other way.
  17. The name of the file cannot be more than 30 characters and may not contain special characters.  You may use a shortened version of the abstract title for the file name.  The abstract title is NOT limited to 30 characters.  Please ignore any other inconsistent messaging regarding file name and abstract length.  

Once you have read the above guidelines then please Apply Here


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Important Information

Oral Presentation Guidelines