The Graduate Research Innovation Exchange

The Event

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.

The Prizes

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.


On December 10th, over 200 WPI graduate students showcased their research. Master's and PhD students from departments across campus particpated in hopes to be selected for the Poster Final Competition on April 13, 2015. Congratulations to all the GRIE participants and those chosen to compete at the Poster Final Competition next year. Click for a full list of finalists.

GRIE Photo Gallery

  • GRIE Committee members celebrate another successful event

  • A Graduate student explains her research to Professor Rick Sisson

  • A Graduate student presents his research to judge

  • GRIE: An exciting day of Graduate research

  • Graduate student presenting his research to a judge

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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, 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