Graduate Leisure Research Symposium

Formed as a chance for graduate students in the wide-ranging fields of recreation, leisure, tourism studies and therapeutic recreation to come together and share research and ideas, the Graduate Leisure Research Symposium is a forum to present to peers and faculty in a low-stress and supportive environment.

Hosted by the Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies (GARLS), the symposium aims to:

  • advance discourses of knowledge surrounding leisure research (broadly defined to include recreation, sport, tourism, therapeutic recreation, and the like)
  • facilitate scholarly communication among students and faculty interested in various aspects of leisure research

The 30th annual GARLS Symposium will be held May 4, 2023 as an in person conference. The theme is “Back to the future - what matters in Rec and Leisure” with keynote speaker Dr. Mac Ross. 

Call for abstracts

We invite graduate students (and senior undergraduate students pursuing research) interested in any aspect of leisure, recreation, sport, and tourism research to submit an abstract for the Symposium, and to take advantage of this unique opportunity for scholarly and professional growth.

Call for abstracts is now closed for the 2023 Symposium.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Thank you kindly,

Gaurav Panse and Adam Pappas, Co-Chairs
30th Graduate Student Leisure Research Symposium