Graduate Research Conference
The University of New Hampshire would like to invite you to the Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC). The GRC is a celebration of academic excellence at the University of New Hampshire. In 2016, the GRC celebrates its 13th year during a two-day long symposium, running April 11-12, 2016. Over 200 UNH graduate students, from all academic disciplines, will present at the GRC over the course of those two days, or during their program’s research symposia. The presentations showcase the results of their scholarly, engaged, and creative research in multiple venues at both UNH's Durham and Manchester campuses. All events are free and open to the public.
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 2016 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 2016 GRC presentation abstracts will be made available this spring.
Annual Spring 2016 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 Monday, April 11, 2016, from 5:00-7:30pm. Oral presentations will be held at the Holloway Commons Conference Rooms on Tuseday, April 12, 2016, from 10:00am-4:00pm. The GRC will kick off Graduate Appreciation Week with events ranging from free lunch and breakfast to an after-hours social.
Registration: NOW OPEN
Registration for presenters is now open. Please visit the Graduate School's GRC registration page to register for this year's conference.Please 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.
Ph.D. students participating in the GRC are also encouraged to register for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges Ph.D. students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Registration for the 3MT will take place separately from general GRC registration. To register for the 3MT, please visit the UNH Graduate School Event Registration page and select "3 Minute Thesis Challenge."
Leitzel Center Awards
The UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, 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 be based on the presenter’s demonstration of a significant contribution in at least one of two key areas:
- 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
- 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. Questions about the Center and eligibility for these awards can be directed to Steve Hale. If you are interested in being considered for an award and meet the eligibility requirements, please indicate so in the appropriate field on the GRC registration form when registering for the conference.
Schedules and Presentations
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. 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. See below for a detailed schedule of remarks.
- Location: Whittemore Center Arena
- Date: April 11, 2016
- Time: Poster viewing: 5:00-7:00pm
- Introduction: 6:00-6:05pm (Dean Harry Richards)
- Student Awards: 6:05-6:30pm (Assoc. Dean Cari Moorhead)
- Keynote Speaker: 6:30pm (Dr. Sarah Sherman)
- 2016 Poster Presentation Schedule
- Location: Holloway Commons Conference Rooms
- Date: April 12, 2016
- Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- 2016 Oral Presentation Schedule
This year the Graduate School is proud to announce that students from the following organizations on campus will be presenting at the GRC:
- oSTEM @ UNH: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Inc.
- NSBE: National Society for Black Engineers
- Stonewall Grads
- UNH WIS: UNH Women in Science
Other Research-Related Events
In addition to the GRC, many departments across campus also host their own symposia that feature students' research within specific disciplines. This year, these additional events include:
Manchester Campus MSIT Student Thesis Presentations
Three Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) thesis defense presentations will be held on Friday, April 15, from 3:30 – 6:30pm, at 88 Commercial Street, Room 149, on the UNH Manchester campus. Presentations include "Reconfigurable Software Defined Radio Platform, an OSGI Approach," by Marcel Filimon, "Information Security: a Study on Biometric Security Solutions for Telecare Medical Information Systems," by Ramon Whitman, and "The Study of Domotics for Green Server Room Infrastructure," by Eric Hutchins.
SMSOE Graduate Student Research Symposium
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the School of Marine and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) will be holding its second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, designed to showcase graduate student research and to build awareness of UNH marine research activities and enhance interdisciplinary connections within the SMSOE community. This one-day symposium will include a series of graduate student oral presentations, a keynote address, followed by a poster session and reception. For more information please visit the SMSOE Graduate Research Symposium website.
NH LEND Capstone Poster Session
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the NH Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH LEND) will be hosting a capstone poster session from 10:30am to noon in the MUB Strafford Room. The entire UNH community is invited to attend. The NH LEND program is a collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine. Leadership projects may include research, technical assistance, and policy/advocacy activities.
Questions on the conference, registration, or in general should be emailed to the 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.
- Faculty and Student FAQ
- Poster Printing on Campus
- Preparing for the GRC
- Tips on Presentations (Oral and Poster)
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.