Welcome to GRAD 2018: Celebrating Our Land Grant Institution 

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will be hosting Graduate Research Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in the Stamp Student Union in conjunction with the UMD Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. This annual event was previously known as Graduate Research Interaction Day, but through the advocacy of graduate students, the name was changed to Graduate Research Appreciation Day. The GSG passed legislation to support the name change and a new name was chosen at the 2016 event. 

Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) provides an on-campus conference-style venue in which graduate students from all academic backgrounds can share their research or work, obtain valuable faculty and peer feedback, and hone their communication skills within the comfort of their own campus environment. GRAD fosters healthy competition among students by recognizing and awarding the best presentations from subject-themed oral, poster, and elevator-speech presentation sessions, among others.

GSG encourages the submission of abstracts or a summary of work from graduate students in any program (including Master's, Professional, and PhD students), in any discipline. GRAD is intended to be an inclusive space, and the GRAD planning committee will strive to make it so. If, at any point, you have a suggestion for making GRAD more accessible or welcoming, particularly to folks with disabilities and/or folks of typically marginalized identities, please contact us at gsg-vpaa@umd.edu.

GRAD is made possible by the generous support of our partners: 

Abstract Submission

The abstract submissions will be posted soon, so please please visit again! 

In combination with the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), the Graduate School and GSG proudly announce that GRAD 2017 is focusing on the effective communication of our research with the broader public.  In this spirit, we are encouraging participants to select elevator speeches, while still offering other formats that might fit with your research or work in a better fashion.  

Please use this Google Form to register for submitting an abstract/summary of work for the Graduate Research Appreciation Day 2017. We invite all graduate students to present their research or work in one of the following formats: 

  1. Poster or Artwork Presentation (no larger than 36"x48" or 48"x36")
  2. Oral Presentation (Twelve minutes)
  3. Elevator Speech (Three minutes, maximum three slides)
  4. Performance e.g. Musical, Spoken Word, Theatrical, Dance (Maximum ten minutes)

Volunteer to be a Judge

We will soon be requesting volunteers to serve as GRAD 2018 judges! 

GRAD depends on the generous donation of time and expertise of judges, both in the abstract review process (during the month of March) and on the day of GRAD. If you are a PhD candidate, post-doc, tenure-track faculty member, professional-track faculty member, or staff person, please consider volunteering as a GRAD judge! To volunteer, fill out this brief form


Registration for GRAD is free and open to all graduate/professional students and faculty. Come to GRAD to see your friends and colleagues present their work, to hear an engaging presentation at the morning keynote, to participate in thought-provoking discussions at lunch, and for the free food and swag! Please register here by Monday, April 3rd.


We are looking forward to hearing all the upcoming GRAD 2018 presentations! The detailed research presentation schedule can be found here. We encourage you and your colleagues to attend sessions of interest throughout the day, including the Breakfast Plenary and Lunch-time Roundtable Session (see below). 



For more information, please contact the GRAD Planning Committee at grad.umdgsg@gmail.com.