Student Research Symposia - United States of America
U.S. Regional Student Research Symposia
New! 2024 U.S. Regional Student Research Symposia
Dates and locations are being added to the calendar page as they are confirmed for the 2024 Student Research Symposia (SRS). Bookmark this page and subscribe to the U.S. GLOBE mailing list to stay informed!
Interested to learn what happened in 2023? Read the highlights.
What are the Student Research Symposia?
Students in fifth to 12th grades can share the results of their hard work in GLOBE research investigations at a GLOBE Student Research Symposium. The symposia offer the chance to discuss research projects with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, share ideas and learn from peers, and explore STEM careers. Symposia are held every spring in each of GLOBE's six U.S. regions.
GLOBE alumni, International Science Network members and other national program collaborators are also warmly invited to join their regional symposia.
The GLOBE U.S. Coordination Office has developed two guidance documents in support of educators and students submitting projects for the 2023 U.S. Regional Student Research Symposia. These are drafts and works in progress that will be updated as we receive additional feedback from the GLOBE community.
- If your students' research projects submitted to the SRS have used data collected by others in the GLOBE community, we encourage you to acknowledge the source and contributors of that data (PDF).
- If your students use ChatGPT, or a similar generative AI tool, to help them write any portion of their SRS poster, we ask that they cite the tool (PDF).
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Benefits to Participating
The Student Research Symposia allow students to be involved in authentic research experiences while demystifying the scientific process.
Past students reported a significant gain in their confidence, skills, and interest in science as a result of participation in the GLOBE SRS.
Access to webinars and resources pages on facilitating student research.
In-person professional development at the SRS.
Network with scientists and learning community of educators in your region.
- Benefits of the SRS Flyer for educators and administrators.
Watch this 2 minute video to learn how the GLOBE SRS differs from a science fair.
Funding and Registration
A Student Research Symposia team consists of one educator and up to four students. All projects must include data collected with GLOBE protocols or from the GLOBE database. To register a team:
- Sign a media release form and complete a registration form (per participant).
- Optional: Apply for travel/lodging funding support through a Funding Application.
"[The scientific process] doesn't seem scary or impossible anymore."
“The [Student Research Symposia] made me realize that science is fun, and there is so much to do within the science field.”
"[The Student Research Symposia] prepared me for my potential career in science and it prepared me for college"
“[The Student Research Symposia] is a friendly atmosphere and most definitely welcoming.”
“It is good to learn from other students that we don't already know and just meet and talk to people of different backgrounds.”
“This was a once in a lifetime experience for my students and I am very grateful for this support. They have returned to school very proud of their accomplishment of participating.”
“[Student Research Symposia] encouraged the concept of sharing research information. It was beneficial for the students to understand that the symposium was not a competition, but an opportunity to share, revise, learn, and apply new ideas.”
“The students realize that they can contribute to the scientific community and that their research is important. They feel part of ‘Science.’”
Other ways to communicate GLOBE Research
All GLOBE educators and students are encouraged to enter the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium using the science practices and research developed for the Student Research Symposia. Students can also upload their GLOBE Research Reports with the "Student Research Symposium" tag at any time!
To stay up to date about our upcoming webinars, deadlines and other symposia topics, subscribe to the U.S. GLOBE mailing list.
For further questions about the Student Research Symposia, email the U.S. GLOBE Coordination Office.
Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by NASA (Grant no. 80NSSC18K0135) and Youth Learning As Citizen Environmental Scientists. Any opinion, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or Youth Learning As Citizen Environmental Scientists.