Graduate Student Research Forum: March 7!

The Graduate Student Research Forum will be held on Friday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the EMU. The event is a one-day conference held annually to showcase research and creative expression by graduate students in all of the UO’s graduate colleges and schools.


Now in its fifth year, the forum boasts the largest student participation in the event’s history, with contributions from more than 170 graduate students in more than 50 disciplines. Throughout the day there will be more than 20 sessions, including panel presentations, literary readings, and dance, music and theatrical performances. Collectively, these sessions represent the diverse range of research being conducted by UO graduate students every day in classrooms, laboratories, libraries, studios and performance spaces.

This year’s theme, “Engagement: Community, Creativity, Connections,” emphasizes the importance of sharing graduate student work with the community and the valuable connections the research can create. The forum also serves as an opportunity for graduate students to engage with one another across disciplines in new ways.

“The Graduate Student Research Forum provides a vital opportunity to showcase graduate student research and creative expression on a grand scale,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school. “It’s a true interdisciplinary intellectual exchange that will open doors for the researchers of tomorrow.”

In a new development this year, the poster session will offer $1,000 awards to outstanding posters in five categories:

  • Information and Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • The Professions, Social Sciences and the Arts
  • Education and Development
  • Campus Contribution and Career Development


These awards have been made possible by the support of several Eugene businesses, including Acroname, Abcam, Organic Consultants, Concentric Sky and Life Technologies. Representatives from these businesses have also volunteered their time to serve as judges for the poster contest.

The poster session will feature opening remarks shortly after 1 p.m., followed by an awards presentation for the poster presenters by UO President Michael Gottfredson.

The Graduate Student Research Forum is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, go to

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