Celebrating Graduate Research

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Making Connections at the Innovation Exchange

Once a year, WPI graduate students gather to share their research with the WPI community at GRAD (Graduate Research Achievement Day). This sprawling poster celebration is a showcase of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

GRAD and i3: A New Format for These Two Annual Celebrations

WPI graduate students are part of a large and thriving research community. Whether pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, these students are engaged in important and exciting work in virtually every corner of campus. WPI values the contributions they make to their fields and to society. It celebrates their accomplishments through two annual events that give students a chance to share their work with the greater WPI community.

  • GRAD 2014/2015: The Innovation Exchange: Now in its ninth year, this annual research poster celebration and competition highlights the breadth, diversity, and quality of the work that WPI graduate researchers do. This year, it will consist of an open poster day and judging on December 10, 2014, and a showcase and awards ceremony for finalists on April 13, 2015 (in conjunction with i3). Learn more…
  • i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact: This campus-wide presentation competition is all about translating research into value and real-world impact. The competition begins in the academic departments, moves on to semifinal events in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of Business, and concludes with a final showdown and awards presentation on April 13, 2015, to which the entire campus is invited. Learn more…

Why Should You Participate?

Students who have participated in these events in the past say they are valuable for a number of reasons:

  • You can showcase and receive useful feedback on your work.
  • You get to know other graduate students, learn about other research underway on campus, and establish collaborations that may take your work in new directions.
  • Being required to explain your research and its value in a concise and accessible manner will help you to see your work in new ways and understand it in a larger context.
  • Engaging in fruitful discussions about your research can be refreshing, invigorating, and rewarding. More than likely, you will return to your research with a new sense of purpose and an even greater desire to make a difference.

Tentative Schedule:


Poster Showcase and Judging

December 10, 2014, Rubin Campus Center

  • 8 am-12 pm: Arts/Sciences, Business/Social Science, Interdisciplinary, Life Sciences/Bioengineering
  • 1-5 pm: Engineering
  • 5 pm: Celebration Reception

Presentation of Finalists and Awards

April 13, 2015, Rubin Campus Center

  • 1-3 pm: Judging
  • Following i3 Presentatons: Awards


Department/Division Competitions

Prior to April 14, 2014

Final Presentations and Awards

April 14, 2014, Rubin Campus Center

  • 3-4:30 pm: Presentations
  • 4:30 pm: Awards and Reception
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