GRAD Frequently Asked Questions

GRAD 2018 is held on Tuesday March 6, 2018 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Judging Session
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Public Viewing
  • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Award Ceremony and Reception

It is a one-day celebration of graduate research, scholarship, and creative activities held by the School of Graduate Studies at University of North Dakota. Students will present their work in a poster-format and judged by faculty. Cash prizes are awarded to those students whose work and presentation are deemed best.

All Graduate students, full time or part time, from all disciplines and all colleges who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative works through theses, dissertations, non-thesis projects and independent studies or who have conducted substantial research as part of coursework are encouraged to present their work at GRAD, no matter what point they are at in their graduate program. This includes students who are on campus as well as those who are pursuing their studies online.

If you would like to participate in GRAD 2018, you will first submit an abstract of your proposed work. Abstracts should be a concise (150 words or less) description of work to be presented. The abstract should contain:

  1. Student name
  2. Department or Program
  3. Ph.D., Masters, Non-Thesis Project, Independent Study, or Course Based Research
  4. Year of study in program

All abstracts are submitted online, please click here to submit your abstract.*

*Only one abstract submission per student is accepted - additional submissions will not be reviewed.

All abstracts and posters for GRAD 2018 will have to be submitted to Duplicating Services no later than Sunday, February 25 at midnight.

You can register after the deadline and display your poster during GRAD. However, you will not be included in the abstract booklet or be judged during the competition. In addition, if you register after the deadline the School of Graduate Studies will not pay for the cost of your poster.

If you are an online student, you are required present your research in a poster format. Since many online students work full time, it is unnecessary to present the poster in person unless the student prefers to do so.

Posters submitted by online students who are unable to attend in person will therefore be presented through a video presentation, lasting for 3 minutes.

Please click here to review the video creation guide. In this guide, we will discuss various strategies of video creation from shooting footage, editing footage, and exporting your final video project to social media sites.

The School of Graduate Studies will pick up posters for all online students at Duplicating Services.

The judging session will last from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

During these two hours you will spend one hour presenting your poster to the judges and the other hour walking around and talk to other presenters.

Unless you are an online student (see information for online students above), you will be required to be at your poster for the hour the judges will stop by to review your presentation. If you are not present when a judge is judging your poster, this will result in 0 points from the judge as he/she will not be able to judge your work without your presentation.

Entries will be sorted according to discipline and level (Ph.D., Masters, non-degree) and will be judged accordingly, with cash prizes awarded to those students whose work and presentation are deemed best.

During the judging session, three separate judges will stop by your poster to judge your work and presentation. You will have three minutes to present your research and poster.

Click here to see the judging rubric for GRAD 2018.

There can only be one presenter per poster. However, if your co-author(s) would like to present your research, each presenter can duplicate the poster and submit a separate abstract and poster. However, each author must present separately on their contribution.

Poster Information: The poster template can be created in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint allows a custom slide size of 40 inches by 30 inches. Click here for additional details on poster size. Using the master slide function, the graphics can be set up and students can edit the rest of the slide as needed. Adding a UND logo to your poster is strongly encouraged.

Posters can be printed on campus through UND Duplicating Services. The School of Graduate Studies will pay the cost of one (1) poster printing and will only pay for those posters that are submitted prior to the deadline (February 25). Posters will be 30 x 40 in size and printed on tear resistant paper.

To print your poster, please complete the Duplicating Services Online Job Form.

  • Place zeros in the Fund Number & Department Number sections
  • In the additional comments section, please write Grad School Poster

For presentations that do not involve posters, students should contact the School of Graduate Studies for information about other support.

10 winners will be announced at GRAD:

  • Engineering
    • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • Natural Sciences
    • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • Professional, Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
    • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • Peer Choice

The School of Graduate Studies will hold a GRAD preparation workshop on February 14, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. This workshop is titled "Communicating to a Broad Audience" and is led by Dr. Robert Newman (Biology), Dr. Sarah Cavanah (Communication), and Dr. Timothy Pasch (Communication).


Wednesday February 14, 2018

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Communication Department DigiComm lab

Click here to register for the Communicating to a Broad Audience Workshop!

Questions should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies at