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GRIE Dates Announced, Registration Open

October 28, 2021

Announcing Dates for 2022 Graduate Research & Innovation Exchange

Registration for the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE) is open. Students who sign up by November 19 will be entered into a raffle to win one of five $50 local eating and shopping gift cards. 

The GRIE Celebration February 9-15, 2022 gives students the chance to present their research to colleagues and professionals from the WPI community and beyond. Winners will compete for cash prizes in the finals on April 5, 2022. These events highlight the breadth and impact of our student's work and encourage the exchange of ideas that makes interdisciplinary research so powerful. By participating, students get to showcase your research and receive invaluable feedback.

2022 Format*

  • The February Open Celebration will take place virtually in 2022. We hope to hold the April 5, 2022 finals in person.
  • Students will record a 7-minute presentation where they share their screen to show slides and verbally present their research. Upload and link generation directions will be provided.
  • Links to the presentation videos will only be provided to judges and the WPI community.
  • A public program with title, author, advisor, keywords, and technical statement will be posted to the GRIE page. Please note the public file will not include presentation video links to protect intellectual property.
  • Judges will have one week to evaluate assigned presentations and submit their scores and feedback.
  • An audience feedback survey will also be available so students can receive feedback from others who viewed their presentation but were not assigned to judge it.


  • GRIE is open to all WPI PhD candidates and MS students engaged in thesis or similar research, or MS candidates completing a course- or program-related capstone project.
  • Although presentations may have multiple authors, including the faculty advisor(s), there should be one lead author registered and presenting. The lead author MUST be the graduate student and only this student will be considered for awards.
    • Data Science GQP teams do not need to register now through the link below. Look for information on GRIE from your department this Winter. Any other team interested in presenting their work, should consult with Rory Flinn before registering.
  • Only one presentation will be accepted per student; it is the student’s responsibility to have his/her presentation recorded according to competition guidelines.
  • Presentations should be an MP4 file and the recording should be 7-minutes or less in length. Longer submissions will not be judged and will not be eligible for the finals. For submissions exceeding the allowed 7-minute recording time, the GRIE organizers will decide if the presentation can still be included in the GRIE program, even if not to be judged.
  • Presentations should include slides and slides must occupy the vast majority of the screen.
  • Video audio must be clear and easy to hear.
  • Your presentation should clearly identify a project title, researchers involved, and department.
  • Recordings of presentations must be submitted to GRIE organizers per the specified guidelines by advertised deadlines in order to be posted for judge and WPI community viewing.
  • Students should prepare their presentation to appeal to both experts and non-experts in their field as judge expertise may vary. Participants must be able to clearly explain your research to a wide range of judges and audiences.

To register students should:

  • First prepare a few keywords about their research to submit when registering
  • Prepare a 2-3 sentence, non-technical statement that describes what their poster and presentation will be about. No special characters are allowed.
  • Use the registration link to sign up.
  • Add Wednesday, January 26 to their calendar as the deadline to submit their recording link to GRIE organizers. Upload and link generation directions will be provided to registrants.
  • Add the Finals, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, to their calendar.


To learn more about GRIE, visit To register, click here.


*GRIE organizers reserve the right to change the format and/or eliminate judging based on university status and pandemic considerations.


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