Graduate Research Conference

photo of past GRC oral and poster presenters


Welcome to the Graduate School Research Conference

The University of New Hampshire would like to invite you to the Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC). The GRC is an opportunity for students, faculty members, and the UNH community to learn about research from different colleges and departments and develop new ideas across disciplines. All events are free and open to the public. Over the past few years, the GRC has grown into a significant campus event. There are more than 120 Graduate and Ph.D. students eager to share their research with the UNH community.

Join us to learn about everything from the effect of feeding frequency on an invasive sea anemone to the preparation of semiconducting nanoparticles to taverns and their roles in 18th Century New Hampshire society. Come experience the fruits of your fellow student's hard work and gain valuable insights into conducting effective research.

Who Presents at the GRC?

The GRC is open to any graduate student at the University of New Hampshire who would like to present research in either poster or oral form. Special considerations are made for those students who have received travel grants from the UNH Graduate School for the same year as the GRC. These students are required to present their research in some form during the GRC.

Students are encouraged to inquire with their department or college regarding other talks, seminars, presentations, or colloquia that may be planned in conjunction with the GRC. If a department would like to schedule an event to coincide with the GRC, we encourage them to contact us. To learn more about graduate research check out our Explore UNH page.

Spring 2014 Graduate Research Conference

All events are free and open to the public; no registration is necessary to attend events. Day one will cover the poster presentations and day two will cover the oral presentations. See the Time & Room Schedule for the Oral and Poster Session details, including a list of participants, times, and locations. A list of the 2014 GRC presentation abstracts will be made available this spring.

photo of GRC poster session

Annual Spring 2014 Conference

This year's GRC is already gaining momentum and we plan on making it even bigger and better than our previous conferences!

Poster presentations will be held in the Whittemore Center Arena on April 16, 2014, from 5-8pm. Oral presentations will be held at the Holloway Commons Conference Rooms on April 17, 2014, 9am-3pm. The GRC will kick off Graduate Appreciation Week with events ranging from free lunch and breakfast to an after-hours social.


Registration: NOW CLOSED

Registration for presenters is currently closed. Students who are still interested in participating in this year's GRC are encouraged to email Jonathan (Jay) Derick in the Graduate School for more details.

Also note that up to 4 students may collaborate on a single poster or oral presentation. We ask that only one registration be completed for the presentation and that the additional presenters be listed in the comments section of the registration form.

Also for the first time ever there will be a prize awarded by the Leitzel Center for research in STEM education. If you would like to be considered for the UNH Leitzel Center Prize please indicate so in the "Comments" box during registration. If you have already registered and would like to be considered please email Jonathan Derick, graduate assistant in the Dean's Office, to update your registration.

The UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center forMathematics, Science and Engineering Education recognizes exemplary STEM education and outreach at UNH’s Graduate Research Conference. The Leitzel Center will make two awards (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation). The award selection will bebased on the presenter’s demonstration of a significant contribution in at least one of two key areas: 1) graduate student contributions made in the design and implementation of STEM education research projects, which advance our understanding of STEM education within K12 formal settings, and 2) graduate student contributions made in the design and implementation of STEM education outreach projects, which directly impact K12 teachers or K12 students through application of enhanced STEM content or pedagogies. The awards will each be $500.

Schedules and Presentations

The conference will officially begin at the poster session with opening remarks from Dean Richards, followed by the keynote address from last year's Faculty Mentor award winner, and the annual UNH Graduate School awards. Welcoming remarks are scheduled to begin at 5:30pm in the Whittemore Center arena.

There are two types of presentations at the conference, oral presentations and poster presentations. There will be rooms grouped into various program categories. If you have any questions about the presentations please contact the Graduate School Dean's office.

This year the Graduate School is proud to announce that students from the following organizations on campus will be presenting at the GRC:

  • oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Inc.
  • NSBE: National Society for Black Engineers
  • Stonewall Grads
  • AWIS: Association for Women in Science

See the list of Abstracts for 2014 Presenters for descriptions of each student's research.


photo of poster presentations at conference

Poster Session and Schedule

Location: Whittemore Center Arena; Date: April 16, 2014; Time: 5pm - 8pm

Download: 2014 Poster Presentation Schedule

photo of student giving oral presentation at conference

Oral Presentations and Schedule

Location: Holloway Commons Conference Rooms; Date: April 17, 2014; Time: 9am - 3pm

Download: 2014 Oral Presentation Schedule


Getting Help

Questions on the conference, registration, or in general should be emailed to Grad School Deans office or call (603) 862-3005. You can also stop by the Graduate School Deans Office at Thompson Hall, Room 118 with any questions or concerns. Accessibility accommodation requests may be directed to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and Outreach Scholarship at (603) 862-2488.

If you would like to include the new University of New Hampshire logo on your poster, please visit the UNH New and Emerging Media website for links to downloadable official logos. Also, students in need of poster creation help are encouraged to visit the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) website for helpful tips and strategies.

Other GRC Events

On May 9, 2014, Master of Arts students in the Department of Economics will present their capstone research papers to faculty, family members, and deans. Students will present original research that utilizes state of the art economic theory and econometric analyses. The presentations will take place from 8:30am – 2:00pm in the Squamscott Room of Holloway Commons.