GRAD Submission Guidelines

Getting ready for the upcoming Graduate Research Acheivement Day?

Students must follow the submissions guidelines in order to be included in this year's event. Questions? We've got you covered.


With a few exceptions, graduate students will present their work in a poster format. However, students whose studies focus on the creation of art are encouraged to present this work in the most appropriate format with or without an accompanying poster.

Music graduate students are encouraged to present a short performance either live or by recording.

In all cases, whether students are presenting their work with a poster or by another mechanism, an integral component of the presentation will be an explanation of their work understandable to a non-specialist attending GRAD, including fellow graduate students, faculty, and other members of the campus community.

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

We will have a "virtual station" set up that will allow both judges and the public to select and view your video on demand.

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.

Video files can be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at Please include your name, department and abstract title so we can link it to your abstract submission.

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

All submissions 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.

Click here to see the judging rubric.

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.

Download a poster template to use for Graduate Research Achievement Day.

Posters can be printed on campus through UND Duplicating Services. The School of Graduate Studies will pay the cost of one (1) poster printing. Posters will be 40 x 30 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.

Abstracts should be a concise (no more than 150 words) 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

Submit your abstract for GRAD 2018.*

*We will only accept one abstract per student additional submissions will not be reviewed.

The School of Graduate Studies will hold a GRAD preparation workshop on Feb. 12, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This workshop is titled "Professional Communication" and is led by Dr. Robert Newman (biology).


Tuesday February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 Memorial Union: River Valley Room

Register for the Communicating to a Broad Audience Workshop!

Questions should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies at