April 4 is for GRaDD!

April 4 is for GRaDD!

By UM Grad News

April 4 is for GRaDD!

By UM Grad News
UM is celebrating ‘Graduate Research across Disciplines Day’ (GRaDD) on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by hosting a Graduate Student Research Symposium and the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.

The first ever Graduate Research across Disciplines Day (GRaDD) will be a full day dedicated to highlighting graduate student research from various academic fields, organized collaboratively by the Graduate Student Association and the Graduate School. GRaDD will engage the University community with the innovative and impactful research of its graduate students through two main events: the Graduate Student Research Symposium and the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.  

On April 4th, GRaDD will kick off with the first annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. The symposium will feature keynote speakers and posters, talks, exhibitions, and performances by UM graduate students from all disciplines. A special recognition will be awarded to the students with the best presentations and posters. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Research Intersections. After the symposium, the second annual 3MT® Competition will take place. 3MT® is a worldwide competition for doctoral students to present their research to the public. An interdisciplinary networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages will follow. The award ceremony for both the Research Symposium and 3MT® participants will take place at the Newman Alumni Center during the networking reception.

GRaDD shines the spotlight on the excellence of UM’s graduate students and their groundbreaking work across disciplines. The Graduate Student Research Symposium’s theme of ‘Creating Meaningful Intersections’ is geared to fostering new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. The winners of this event will have the opportunity to present their research at this year’s Conference of Florida Graduate Schools in Tallahassee.

The 3MT® Competition, hosted by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Association, is an exciting platform which gives UM doctoral students a chance to highlight the value of their research endeavors succinctly before a non-specialized audience. Monetary prizes are awarded to the first place winner, the runner-up, and the people’s choice winner. The first place winner will also take the coveted 3MT® trophy to their school/college until next year’s competition and will go on to compete in the Conference of Florida Graduate Schools’ 3MT® Competition.

 “I am excited that graduate students will be able to showcase the important work that they are doing at either the Graduate Research Symposium or the 3MT® Competition.  I encourage the University community to participate in one or both of the events and support our graduate students while learning about the impactful work they are conducting,” said Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Dean of the Graduate School.

 The Research Symposium will take place from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the third-floor ballrooms of the Shalala Student Center. The 3MT® Competition will be held at the Newman Alumni Center from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to all event activities.