ALES Graduate Research Symposium 2024


On behalf of the ALES GSA Team, we want to thank everyone who came out to the ALES Graduate Research Symposium 2024. It was a huge success and our biggest event to date! We counted approximately 250 attendees over two days!

Amazing job to all the speakers and presenters*, everyone did a great job! The results were very close! Congratulations to all the winners:
(* Certificate of participation and presentation feedback are available upon request to
Oral Presentation
1st place: Sarah Parsons, AFNS
2nd place: Abhijeet Pathy, RENR
3rd place: Michele Tran, AFNS
(Honourable mentions: Jemma Forgie, HECOL and Jennifer Beaudette, HECOL)
Poster Presentation
1st place: Orsolya Welch, HECOL
2nd place: Sarah Namiiro, RENR
3rd place: Caroline Wade, AFNS
People’s Choice of Poster: Yuanyuan Lou, AFNS

Join us on March 19 and 20th!

This year marks the ALES GSA’s 8th Annual Research Symposium showcasing research from graduate students in all our departments.
Come and learn about the different research in ALES, support your peers, network with fellow graduate students in the faculty, grab some free swag, free food, and be entered to win door prizes!
Date: March 19-20, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm March 19, until 3:00pm March 20
Location: ETLC E6-059 (posters) & 064 (oral presentations)
Programme Overview
Lunch as well as refreshments are provided on both days (while supplies last).

Information for Presenters

More information, including session topics, oral and poster presentations, and others can be found in the program book:
All Speakers (Oral and Poster)
Presenters must upload their presentations (oral and poster) to the link e-mailed to them by March 13, 2024.
Speakers and presenters are expected to check in at the front desk by the entry way and receive their name tags prior to the start of their session.
Oral Presentations
Each oral presentation is 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions. All oral presentations are to be held in ETLC Room E6-068. To ensure a smooth transition between presenters, all oral presenters are expected to be present in the room for the entire duration of their session.
Please note that no personal devices should be connected to the projector. A presenter may choose to bring a copy of their presentation on a flash drive should there be technical issues. Presenters are welcome to pre-view their slides any time during the session breaks.
Poster Presentation
Poster sizes are 36×48” and may be in either landscape or portrait format. The poster boards available are 48” tall and 72” wide. Please print out and bring your poster on March 19 & 20, 2024. Posters must be hung by 11:30am at the Poster Number indicated on the boards, and presenters must be present for the entire duration of the poster session from 12:00pm to 1:30pm on March 19, 2024.

Student Prize Competition:
All students who submitted an abstract for presenting are automatically enrolled into the student competition for best presenters. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on March 20, 2024.
Award prizes are as follows:
Oral presentations:
1st place: $200
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50

Poster presentations:
1st place: $200
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50

People’s Choice for Poster: $50

People’s Choice for Poster:
Except for poster judges, everyone who attends the event may vote for their favourite poster on the first day of the symposium during poster session at 12:00pm – 1:30pm.
Voters may choose to enter their names and contact information on the ballot to be included in the draw for door prizes.

Door prizes:
At the end of the first day (3:45 pm March 19, 2024) and during the closing ceremony on the second day (2:30pm March 20, 2024), there will be door prizes to be won. Winners will be selected for a lucky draw when they cast their ballots for the People’s Choice for Poster. Winners must be present to receive the door prize.

Any questions regarding the event can be directed to
During the event, questions may also be directed to any of the executive team members wearing an “ALES GSA Executive” nametag.


Thank you to the following ALES departments for supporting the ALES GSA Research Symposium:

  • Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
  • Human Ecology
  • Renewable Resources
  • Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology


Thanks as well to our other U of A partners:

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
  • Graduate Students’ Association
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • University of Alberta Student Success Centre

External partners:

  • Garneau Chiropractic Health Clinic