The Graduate Research Innovation Exchange
The annual Graduate Research Innovation Exchange is a poster celebration and competition that highlights the breadth, diversity, and quality of WPI's graduate research. It is a two part event:
Part 1: Open Poster Exhibition and Celebration, December 10, 2014, 8 am to 5 pm
This all-day event is a festival of creativity and innovation. All graduate students engaged in research or in course- or program-related capstone projects are encouraged to develop a poster and display it here. The posters will fill the upper level of the Rubin Campus Center. True to its name, the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange is a marketplace where students across disciplines get to know each other and share discoveries and new ideas. It is also a great way to get feedback on research in-progress—input that can help you prepare for sharing your work down the line through papers and presentations. People's Choice Awards will be presented to favorite posters based on voting by attendees, and everyone will gather at the end of the day for an ice cream social.
Part 2: Poster Finals and Awards, April 13, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
Up to 60 of the posters displayed in December will be selected to participate in this competition. The best posters by master's and PhD candidates engaged in research in the categories of Business and Social Science, Engineering, Life Sciences and Bioengineering, and Science will be reviewed by a select panel of judges who will decide which are worthy of cash prizes and certificates (see The Prizes below). The i3 event follows the judging. Then, everyone will gather for a closing awards ceremony and reception.
During the final poster session on April 13, judges may choose to present first- and second-place awards to MS candidates and PhD candidates in each division based upon a number of criteria, including the quality and importance of the research, itself, the clarity of the posters, and the students' ability to explain their work and answer the judges' questions. Awardees will receive cash prices.