Grad Student Research Forum spotlights innovative discovery

Everything from the impact of deportation to sexual assault on university campuses to the popular podcast “Serial” will be up for discussion Friday, Feb. 20, as the Graduate Student Research Forum returns to the University of Oregon.

Now in its sixth year, the Grad Forum provides students a chance to present research and creative work to peers, professionals and professors. The free public event will be held at the Ford Alumni Center and showcase work by 160 students representing the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions.

This year’s Grad Forum is organized around four themes:

  • Science and the Social Good.
  • Academy, Race and (In)Equality: Bridging Research and Practice.
  • Human Rights, Development and Sustainability.
  • Imaginative Design, Art and Performance.

Visitors can vote for their favorite submissions, and cash prizes will be awarded. 

“The Grad Forum is a great opportunity to hear about the ways our students are addressing challenging social issues, developing technologies and creating new knowledge,” said Andy Berglund, interim dean of the Graduate School.

The Grad Forum runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes 13 interdisciplinary panel sessions, a handful of artistic and creative works, and a 2 p.m. poster session which doubles as a reception. An evening reception follows the Grad Forum from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Barn Light Café, 924 Willamette St.

Competitive cash prizes of up to $1,250 will be awarded to three teams of panel presenters, and up to 11 poster presenters will be awarded $1,000 each, including the People’s Choice poster winner determined by the votes of the Grad Forum audience. The awards can be used toward a professional development opportunity of the winner’s choosing.

The awards have been made possible by the support of this year’s Grad Forum partners. Representatives from the Grad Forum’s partners, professionals from the community and members of the faculty, staff and administration will serve as judges.

View the full schedule of events and RSVP for one or more sessions here: