Graduate Student Showcase continues tradition of research, creativity, entrepreneurship Nov. 13

Crowd at GradShow

More than 360 graduate students from more than 40 departments are coming together for a day of creativity, research and entrepreneurship during the 2018 Graduate Student Showcase on Nov. 13 in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the poster presentations, visual arts presentations and performances, which begin at 9:30 a.m.

Students at GradShow

A team of more than 200 judges (faculty, students, postdocs, research scientists and alumni) from across disciplines will determine the top presenters and performers, who are eligible for $17,200 in cash prizes. Winners will be announced during an awards reception at 4:30 p.m. In addition to cash prizes, the GradShow provides an afternoon of professional development, and top presenters have the opportunity to compete for the Vice President for Research Graduate Fellowship.

Interdisciplinary inspiration

The all-day event, which is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, is a celebration of the work, talent and dedication of graduate students. The interdisciplinary environment provides an opportunity for participants to polish their presentation and communication skills for future conferences, and the opportunity to network with thought leaders both inside and outside of their fields.

“This is my second year being involved with the GradShow, and each year I am blown away by the passion, commitment and dedication of our student body,” said Kaitlyn Reed, a counseling psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and member of the GradShow planning committee. “This event is amazing, not just because of the experience of presenting and learning about others’ work, but because it can inspire self-improvement, whether you are a grad student, undergrad, or faculty.”

Students at GradShow

“Presenting my work at the Graduate Student Showcase last year has led to new opportunities for me, including becoming a Vice President for Research Fellow,”said Alyx Shigenaga, a doctoral candidate in the Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Program. “This experience allowed me to learn how to clearly convey my research to the general public. I was able to interact with graduate students from various disciplines and had the opportunity to learn about various research and art projects being conducted across campus.”

Professional development

In addition to the morning presentations, the GradShow includes professional development opportunities. All graduate students are invited to attend the five different sessions offered by the Graduate Student Council between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Topics include stress management, career path development, résumé writing and healthy eating. Graduate students may also drop in for a professional headshot.
To learn more about the Graduate Student Showcase or for a full schedule of events, visit

GradShow Professional Development Sessions:

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. 376-78 LSC | Professional Headshots: Make a Good First Impression (Get a free headshot. Registration is not required, but attendees are encouraged to stop by early.)
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 382 LSC | Meditation: A Full Life
2 – 3:15 p.m. 386 LSC | Meal Prep on a Grad Student Budget: How to Eat Healthy and Efficiently While in Grad School
2:45 – 4 p.m. 382 LSC | How Did You Get There?: Discussion Panel on Career Paths
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 386 LSC | Adult Life Prep: Résumé Workshop for Making You Look Your Best

CSU University Communications Staff