Check out our list of GRAD Winners from 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported GRAD 2016! We'll see you next year! 

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) will be hosting Graduate Research Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the Stamp Student Union. 

Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) provides an on-campus conference-style venue in which graduate students from all academic backgrounds can share their research, obtain valuable faculty and peer feedback, and hone their conference presentation 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.

GSG encourages the submission of abstracts 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 a

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

Abstract Submission

DEADLINE: March 4, 2016 11:59PM

Please use this Google Form to register for submitting an abstract at the Graduate Research Appreciation Day 2016. We invite all graduate students to present their research in one of the following formats: 

  1. Poster Presentation (no larger than 36"x48" or 48"x36")
  2. Oral Presentation (Fifteen minutes)
  3. Elevator Speech (Three minutes, maximum three slides)

Volunteer to be a Judge

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 4th.


See our detailed schedule here: GRAD_program!

FREE professional head shot services will be ongoing from 9:30AM - 1:00PM, with sign-up sheets available starting at 8:30AM (first come, first served).  


For more information, please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs at