GRAD 2014: The Innovation Exchange

The Event

GRAD 2014/2015, a poster celebration and competition, will highlight the breadth, diversity, and quality of the research of  WPI's graduate students. It will start with an open poster session and judging event on December 10, 2014, that will fill the entire upper level of the Campus Center, creating an amazing panorama of discovery and innovation. It will conclude on April 13, 2015, with the display and judging of the finalists (as part of the i3 presentation competition).

Judges at the open poster session will choose a maximum of 60 finalists (PhD candidates and MS candidates completing thesis and thesis-like research, only) divided proportionately among five categories and two levels (see Guidelines and Eligibility) to compete in the finals. No winners will be chosen or awarded on December 10 (with the exception of People’s Choice Award). All participants are encouraged to take part in a reception following the December 10 event and to attend the fiinals (including an awards ceremony and reception) on April 13.

The Prizes

During the final poster session pn April 13, judges may choose to present first-, second-, and third-place awards to both 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. First- and second-place awardees will receive cash prices; third-place winners will receive certificates. All participants are eligible for People's Choice Awards.


Registration Deadline: October 29, 2014

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Open Poster Session

December 10, 2014, Rubin Campus Center
(Finalists will be chosen)

  • 8 am-noon: Arts/Sciences, Business/Social Science, Interdisciplinary, Life Sciences/Bioengineering (MS, PhD,  Capstone)
  • 1-5 pm: Engineering (MS, PhD, Capstone)
  • 5 pm: Reception

Finals (in conjuinction with i3)

April 13, 2015, Rubin Campus Center 

  • 1-3 pm: Judging
  • 4:30 pm: Awards and Reception