Graduate Student Research Forum showcases research activities at UO

Everything from the impact of deportation to sexual assault on university campuses to the popular podcast “Serial” will be up for discussion on Friday, Feb. 20, as the Graduate Student Research Forum returns to the University of Oregon.

Now in its sixth year, the Grad Forum provides students with a chance to present research and creative work to peers, professionals and professors. The free, public event will be held at the Ford Alumni Center. It showcases work by 160 students representing humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions.

This year’s Grad Forum is organized around four themes:

  • Science and the Social Good;
  • Academy, Race and (In)Equality: Bridging Research and Practice;
  • Human Rights, Development and Sustainability; and
  • Imaginative Design, Art and Performance.

Visitors can vote for their favorite submissions and cash prizes will be awarded. 

“The Grad Forum is a great opportunity to hear about the ways our students are addressing challenging social issues, developing technologies and creating new knowledge,” said Andy Berglund, interim dean of the Graduate School.

The Grad Forum runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes 13 interdisciplinary panel sessions, a handful of artistic and creative works, and a 2 p.m. poster session which doubles as a reception. An evening reception follows the Grad Forum from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Barn Light Café, 924 Willamette St.

About the Graduate Student Research Forum

Now in its sixth year, the Grad Forum is the University of Oregon’s only fully interdisciplinary graduate conference. Hosted by the UO Graduate School, it provides a professional and academic venue for graduate students to share their research and creativity, network and exchange ideas with other students, and gain experience that will prove valuable to their professional development. Attendees, meanwhile, are exposed to the talent, variety, and innovative nature of the research and creative projects undertaken by graduate students. All participants—students, faculty, and visitors alike—have the opportunity to engage directly with researchers in lively and stimulating dialogue across disciplines and specialties. Event sponsors include Abcam, Concentric Sky, Organic Consultants, the Richards, and Evangelos and Kathleen Simoudis.

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