If you've ever wanted to fully appreciate the breadth and depth of the work that UCSC's graduate students do in a range of fields, the campus's annual Graduate Research Symposium is the place to go.

On Friday, May 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., the University Center on campus will come alive with poster, oral, or multimedia presentations from the 75 graduate students who will be featured at this year's symposium.

"Advanced scientific, technical, and cultural knowledge is playing an ever more important role in contemporary society and economy," said Tyrus Miller, acting vice provost and dean of graduate studies. "It's become crucial for academics to know how to make specialized research accessible to a non-specialized audience as well as to their peers. The Graduate Research Symposium is a great opportunity for our graduate students to reach out to a broader public for their work."

Now in its sixth year, the symposium is designed to recognize and promote the outstanding and diverse research being carried out by graduate students from all disciplines. It is also an opportunity for graduate students to gather as part of the larger UCSC graduate community and to become better acquainted with the scope of research campuswide.

A panel of judges will determine recipients of a number of best-of-symposium awards; UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal and Miller will present the cash prizes at the conclusion of this year's event.