Graduate Student Showcase illuminates graduate work

In the largest Graduate Student Showcase to date, more than 350 graduate students from all eight Colorado State University colleges are set to showcase their scholarship during an all-day conference on Tuesday, November 15.

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research host the conference celebrating research, creativity and entrepreneurship. In addition to providing an arena for interdisciplinary collaboration, the GradShow offers graduate students the opportunity to hone their conference and presentation skills, while building their resumes. Accolades and nearly $17,000 in cash prizes from generous award sponsors across campus will be presented at the awards reception.

The campus community is invited to attend the graduate student presentations taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Poster presentations, live performances and Visual Arts presentations are all showcased.

Diverse disciplines

The GradShow aims to encourage connection and collaboration among all graduate students at Colorado State University. Graduate students present their scholarship alongside fellow students from more than 90 graduate programs and more than 115 judges from across the campus will judge the presentations. In the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, judging assignments are made on a random basis to give students the opportunity to hone their ability to communicate with audiences outside their own disciplines. The mingling of minds from different disciplines in this environment is specifically designed to further spark innovation and encourage collaborations.

“The GradShow is a wonderful opportunity to experience the passion, innovation, and energy of graduate students and those across the campus,” said Jodie Redditi Hanzlik, dean of the Graduate School. “It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the strength of our graduate programs and specifically, our faculty, who are responsible for creating a learning environment that provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to produce such scholarship.”

Professional development, cash prizes

In addition to providing an arena for interdisciplinary collaboration, the GradShow provides both presenters and non-presenters with professional development opportunities. Participants are offered the opportunity to build a variety of presentation skills and encouraged to use the experience to excel at national conferences.

GradShow Schedule

Nov. 15, LSC Grand Ballroom

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Poster Presentations, Artwork, and Performances (10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Performing Arts)

2  – 4:30 p.m. Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students

4:30 –  6 p.m. Awards Recognition Reception

Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students

Presented by the Graduate Student Council

2 p.m. 386 LSC
Tools for Graduate Student Success: Using On-Campus Resources to Your Advantage

2:30 p.m. 382 LSC
Marketing Yourself: Improving Your Chances of Getting the Job

3 p.m. 376-78 LSC
Meet the GSC: Open Panel and Social

3:30 p.m. 386 LSC
Working Life Into Your Work-Life Balance

4 p.m. 382 LSC
Becoming an Effective GTA

All graduate students are invited to attend the professional development sessions presented by the Graduate Student Council. Sessions begin at 2:00 p.m. and cover a variety of topics.

Nearly $17,000 in cash prizes from 18 sponsors will be presented at the awards reception starting at 4:30 p.m. Outstanding presenters from the GradShow will be invited to participate in the 3 Minute Challenge. The top qualifiers in this challenge join the Vice President for Research Fellows Program and have access to travel scholarships, mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Learn more about the GradShow.