The PSA Technical Committee invites applications from graduate students to participate in the first PSA Graduate Research Lightning Round. In this special session, participants will explain their dissertation or thesis research in exactly one slide and three minutes (165-195 seconds). Presentations should include information on the research motivation, methods, data, anticipated results, impact, and stakeholders, sponsors and collaborators). The audience is a technical audience – all researchers focused on various aspects of PSA. PSA experts will judge the presentations and the best presentations in two categories (early-stage research, and late stage-research) will receive recognition at the close of the conference.

Eligible applicants are current graduate students at any stage in their graduate studies and recent graduates within 6 months of graduation. Students are expected to participate in person; a remote option will not be provided. We will adhere to local guidance on distancing practices and other safety protocols for the meeting, you will be updated with all guidance prior to the meeting.

Interested participants should apply to this opportunity by filling out this Google Form: You will receive a copy of your responses as confirmation that your form has been submitted. If you have any questions, please contact PSA Academic Chair, Prof. Katrina Groth ( with the subject line “PSA 2021” in the subject line. Participants will be selected by the organizers to ensure a diversity of topics and participant backgrounds.

Key submission dates:

  • Abstract due by Friday, September 10
  • Author confirmation by September 17
  • Presenters must register for PSA conference by October 10
  • Session will be held during PSA 2021 (Nov 7-12, 2021).

Slide Submission instructions:

  • Please submit slides in both PowerPoint (.pptx) and pdf format. File names must begin with Lastname_univ_PSA2021_grad. For example, Groth_UMD_PSA2021_grad.pptx and Groth_UMD_PSA2021_grad.pdf.
  • Slide must be submitted via email. Send an email with your two files attached to:
  • Slides must be received by November 7, 2021.

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