The Graduate Student Government (GSG), the Graduate School, and the Division of Student Affairs are proud to present GRADS (Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium).

As a part of the Clemson Research and Innovation month and the National Volunteer month, GRADS (to be held on April 7th) this year is comprised of 2 events:

  1. Poster presentation: Graduate students, either master's or doctoral, are invited to submit and present a poster about their research in a way that is easy to understand by people outside their academic discipline. The posters  are judged and the prizes are awarded for each individual college. The posters can also be presented by groups (no more than 3 individuals). Abstracts should include sufficient information so that those outside your program or not attending the event can understand the nature and significance of your research and the results and progress to date. Abstracts for the poster session  MUST be by the specified deadline.

    Abstracts should include the following components:
  • A brief introduction - importance of work
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • The most important findings/conclusions to date

Within the abstract form, please fill in the following information:

  • Abstract Title
  • All authors (with the presenter’s name first)
  • The name of your advisor(s) or PI (please indicate if they are in another program or college)

Please consider the following for the abstract submissions:

  • Abstracts submitted by fax or by email will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts received after the deadline will not be published in the event's program.
  • An abstract should contain a maximum of 200 words. Tables and/or pictures should not be included.
  • Please refrain from using abbreviations and technical jargon.
  • At least two authors must be listed including the presenting author (first) followed by any coauthors or collaborators and the research advisor (last).
  • All accepted abstracts will be printed in the event's program and be available online to the public.

2. Presentations powered by PechaKucha (PK): A Presentation event where speakers talk using 20 image slides with a time of 20 seconds per slide. We are looking for both presenters and cultural or artist performers. We would like to involve graduate students performers in between the talks. The theme of this event is ‘Celebrating Community and Creativity’. Students could present their research work, extra-curricular work such as outreach or personal stories that are related to the theme and have a big picture that is meaningful to the audience. “Powered by PechaKucha” events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events. These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format. Find out more at ( Submit here for the presentation event powered by PechaKucha.

Each year, we look to get a diverse group of students from each of our Graduate School programs and this year is no different. Participants can be either Masters or Ph.D. students from all campus locations (Clemson, Greenville, Charleston, or online).

The deadline for both submissions is March 10th.

Please feel free to contact either Aury Kangelos, Sherli Koshy or Nikeetha Dsouza at the GSG outreach email ( with any questions or nominations for the GRADS event


Program brochure


2017 Winners

College of Science

  1. Saheed Bukola | Chemistry
  2. Ramiya Kumar | Biological Sciences
  3.  Lakshman Ventrapragada | Chemistry

College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

  1. Steven Weinman | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Behzad Sadrfaridpour | Mechanical Engineering
  3. Chris Hornat | Materials Science and Engineering

College of Education

  1.  Courtney Allen | Educational Leadership, Higher Education
  2.  Jimmy L. Howard, Jr. | Educational Leadership and Organizational Development
  3.  Aris L. Hall | Educational Leadership, Higher Education

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

  1. Sarah Beadle, Amelia Kinsella | Human Factors Psychology
  2.  Anton Sytine | Psychology
  3. Matthew D. Hudson-Flege | International Family and Community Studies

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

  1. Piper Kimpel | Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
  2. Weizheng Wang | Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science
  3. Jessie Tipton | Animal and Veterinary Sciences

College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

  1. Caroline Wyrick, Wenz Tuttle & Shahrooz Beheshti | Architecture + Health
  2. Rutali Joshi | Architecture + Health
  3. Chris Sandkuhler, Jimmy Woods, Elizabeth Widaski | Architecture

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.

From this year onwards, the 3MT competition will only be held during the Fall Semesters

2016 - 2017 Winners of 3mt

1. Guneet Bedi | Electrical Engineering

2. Shakira Hobbs | Electrical Engineering

3. Lauren Garcia Chance | Environmental Toxicology

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