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Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference

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Building Bridges: Valuing Interdisciplinary Graduate Research 


The Graduate College, Graduate Student Association (GSA), and Office of Research are hosting the second annual Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference, a University-wide conference focused on innovative and interdisciplinary graduate research, on April 19, 2018 in Bossone Research Center.

This full-day conference provides opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research, participate in professional development workshops, and network with colleagues and professionals across diverse fields. The Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference also offers the University community with the opportunity to learn more about the innovative and problem-solving research of Drexel's brightest and most promising graduate students.

Because of the emphasis on interdisciplinary and applied research, the Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference enables connections and future collaborations among graduate students, faculty and professional staff. In addition, Drexel graduate students presenting their research gain valuable experience communicating their work to judges and attendees outside of their academic discipline.

2017 Video Recap

Conference Highlights

The full conference schedule is here; detailed professional development panel information is here; and online viewing of most events is available here.

Poster and Oral Research Presentations

All Drexel graduate students, either current or ones who have graduated during this 2017-18 academic year, with research that provides solutions to society's pressing issues are invited to submit their abstracts for review for either oral presentations or poster presentations.

Abstracts are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • ability to remain within the 250 word count limit;
  • clarity of explanation for those outside the field of study; and
  • ability to explain the overall impact of research in an understandable way.

Research projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • accessibility (across all academic disciplines within the Drexel community);
  • innovation (evidence of innovative thinking);
  • interdisciplinary (involving multiple disciplines).

Three Minute Thesis Competition

This conference's Three Minute Thesis Competition follows the guidelines of the global phenomenon, 3MT(®), founded by the University of Queensland. The international competition, in which over 600 universities and institutions across more than 59 countries participate, emphasizes presenting research within a three minute time limit, using only a static PowerPoint slide, and in a jargon-free language understood by an audience of non-specialists. Through this, students are able to enhance their academic presentation and research communication skills, while their work is able to reach a broader audience.

Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates are eligible to apply for the 3MT(®) competition at Drexel. Check out the competition rules and some award-winning 3MT(®) presentations to see if you have what it takes!

More Information

Please email any questions or requests for more information to drexelegsc@gmail.comIf you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for such requests.