GradShow brings day of research and creativity

From research posters to a brass band performance, the Graduate Student Showcase brings graduate students from across Colorado State University together in an interdisciplinary celebration of innovation. 

The GradShow, sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, highlights the work of more than 350 graduate students from all eight colleges. This interdisciplinary environment allows students to present their research and talents while also connecting with others from across campus. 

Grad Show Students

The showcase will be held Nov. 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Community members are encouraged to participate by attending the poster presentations, visual arts presentations and live performances from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After the presentations, graduate students will have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops followed by the awards ceremony from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

“The overall goal is to have an environment to showcase the tremendous and amazing work that all of our graduate students do, whether that’s creative work, entrepreneurship or research, and bring them all together in one place so there can be a truly interdisciplinary experience,” said Lynna Dicamillo, the communications director of the Graduate School and member of the Graduate Student Showcase Committee. 

Cash and other awards

As graduate students share their findings and interact with diverse audiences, they become eligible for $17,200 in cash prizes provided by the colleges and other sponsors. The top performers also have the opportunity to advance to the 3 Minute Challenge, hosted by the OVPR. Qualifying students give a brief presentation about their work to a panel of judges; selected presenters become VPR Fellows and receive awards, scholarships and mentoring. 

In addition to the awards, students gain valuable knowledge as they learn to communicate about their fields and connect with people from all programs. It brings together students who may not normally interact in the same environment and creates a platform for further collaboration and success.  

 “Our graduate students make such an impact on not only the higher education community, but the world, and this is a great opportunity to showcase all the amazing things graduate students do,” said Dicamillo.