Graduate Research Achievement Day

A celebration of research, scholarship, and creative activities.

The Graduate Research Achievement Day (or GRAD, for short) is a one-day celebration of our graduate students' work over the past academic year. 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.

When & Where

March 7: Memorial Union Ballroom
Judging Session  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Public Viewing — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Award Ceremony & Reception — 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Public Welcome | Giveaways & Door Prizes


All graduate students, full time or part time, from all disciplines and all colleges are encouraged to apply.

This can include students 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.

So that means you.

Read the GRAD submission guidelines and apply to be a part of this year's event.

GRAD 2018 Award Winners


1st Place – Tarek Elderini, Electrical Engineering
2nd Place – Jeremy Lewis, Chemical Engineering
3rd Place – Robeam Melaku, Civil Engineering

Natural Sciences

1st Place – Tim Wuenscher, Geology & Geological Engineering
2nd Place – Smruthi Rudraraju, Biomedical Sciences
3rd Place – Meghan Rodriquez, Biomedical Sciences

Professional, Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts

1st Place – Diego Rodriguez, Music
2nd Place – Neha Patel, Geography
3rd Place – Alex J. Holte, Experimental Psychology

Peer Choice

Kathryn Hall, Chemical Engineering