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2018 Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference

Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference - Innovation Driving the Future of Research - April 19, 2018

2018 Conference Video Recap

See 2018 Conference Photos here

See 2018 Award Recipients here

Innovation Driving the Future of Research

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) in partnership with the Graduate College and Office of Research hosted the 2nd Annual Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference, a free student-run University-wide conference highlighting Drexel's most innovative and interdisciplinary graduate research. The theme of this year's conference was Innovation Driving the Future of Research. All students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and friends of the University are invited to attend!

Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference
Thursday, April 19, 2018
8 AM - 6 PM

Bossone Research Center
3126 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

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

Conference Highlights

See the 2018 conference program and schedule.

2018 Conference Videos

See the YouTube video below for the 2018 Welcome, 3MT(®) Competition, Keynote and Panel Discussions.

See the YouTube video below for the 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Poster and Oral Research Presentations

All Drexel graduate students, including continuing students and those who graduated during the 2017-2018 academic year, who conduct research that provides solutions to society's pressing issues, were invited to submit their abstracts for review for either oral presentations or poster presentations.

Abstracts were 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
  • Ability to explain the overall impact of research in an understandable way
  • Free of spelling and grammatical errors 

Research projects were evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Objective - Impact and significance of project
  • Accessibility - Easily understood for a wide and diverse audience 
  • innovation - Evidence of novel ideas

Abstract submission opened December 1, 2017. Submissions were due February 1, 2018.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 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 were 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 and apply next year!

Three Minute Thesis applications were open December 1, 2017 to February 1, 2018.

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 Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.