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Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference

Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference April 13-14, 2022

Releasing the Dragon: DEGS 2022 - "Lead, inspire, transform."
Wednesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Graduate Student Association (GSA), in partnership with the Office of Research & Innovation and Graduate College, hosted the sixth annual Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars (DEGS) Conference, a free, student-run, University-wide conference highlighting Drexel's graduate student research, April 13 & 14, 2022.

About the Conference

The annual conference provides opportunities for graduate and professional students at all levels of study to showcase their work to the greater Drexel community, engage in professional development, network with student peers, postdocs, alumni, faculty and professional staff, and complete for monetary awards.

All students, postdocs, faculty, professional staff, alumni, and guests of the University are invited to engage with the conference.


The conference took place in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual presentations utilizing Zoom meetings and a SharePoint site. Most in-person events were webcast live and recorded for later viewing.


Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Drexel University

3126 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Building 7 or 7A on the University City Campus Map



Presenters and attendees were also able to present at and engage with the conference virtually via the SharePoint site, Zoom, or livestream via YouTube.

Conference Highlights 

Conference Schedule

View the 2022 Conference Schedule.

Conference Award Winners

View the list of 2022 Conference Award Winners.

Back-To-School Drive at DEGS

Releasing the dragon is about giving back. The GSA will lead and inspire the next generation of Dragons when we kick off our inaugural Back-to-School Drive at the 2022 DEGS Conference in support of the North Philly Aztecs and local Philadelphia public schools in need. We are asking all DEGS 2022 attendees to bring their Dragon pride and a few much-needed school supplies.

Suggested items include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pens
  • Pencils (Colored, Number 2, etc.)
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Folders

Back to School Drive Info 

Download the Flyer

We look forward to seeing you at DEGS 2022! #GoDragons

DGWiSE Clothing Drive & Fundraiser

In honor of Earth Day, the Drexel Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (DGWiSE) would like to help promote a sustainable fashion future by hosting a clothing drive and fundraiser. Start your spring cleaning by cleaning out your closet and donating unused clothing! Donations will be sent to thredUP, an online consignment shop, to be re-sold at a discount price or recycled properly. Proceeds from clothing sold will go to DGWiSE. Thank you in advance!

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2022 DEGS Conference CORE Planning Committee

  • Co-Chair: London Thompson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Association & EdD student in Educational Leadership & Management, School of Education
  • Co-Chair: Joseph Arrington, Academic Chair, Graduate Student Association & Doctor of Business Administration student, LeBow College of Business
  • Sandra Strang, Director of Communications and Events, Graduate College
  • Reina Lopez, Manager, Events and Conferences, Drexel University Online
  • Michelle Layone, Coordinator, Events and Conferences, Drexel University Online
  • Rachel Mroz, Graduate College Communications and Events Co-op
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Assistant Vice President, Virtual Student Experience, Drexel University Online, Student Life and Graduate College 
  • Melissa Richman, Executive Director of Online and Graduate Financial Services and Planning, Graduate College
  • Emily Geschke, Executive Director, Student Life, Campus Engagement, Enrollment Management, and Student Success
  • Jennifer Tifone, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, Enrollment Management & Student Success
  • The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Association
  • The Faculty & Professional Staff of the Graduate College

2022 DEGS Conference Volunteer Student Peer Reviewers

Valdijah Ambrose-Brown
EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management: Mind, Brain & Learning
School of Education

Autumn Blamoville
MS Program in Design Research
Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Layla Bouzoubaa
PhD Program in Information Science
College of Computing and Informatics

Martha Coates
PhD Program in Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Hua Cui
PhD Program in Information Science
College of Computing and Informatics

Nishita Dsouza

PhD Program in Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health

Dawn Gresham
Master of Legal Studies Program
Kline School of Law

Tanja Kirmse
PhD Program in Finance
LeBow College of Business

Bani Malhotra
PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Kevin Martinez-Folgar
PhD Program in Epidemiology
Dornsife School of Public Health

Tanya McCreary Ardoin
EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management: Mind, Brain & Learning
School of Education

Torin McFarland
PhD Program in Finance
LeBow College of Business

Majd Oteibi
DHSc Program in Health Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Cecirahim Sesay
MPH Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health

Shane Tripp

MD Program in Medicine
College of Medicine

Lahari Uppuluri
PhD Program in Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

Jintao Zhang
PhD Program in Marketing
LeBow College of Business

Qiao Zhang
PhD Program in Information Science
College of Computing and Informatics

Accommodation Requests

If you have a documented 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.

Conference Archives

Visit the conference archive for a list of participants, awardees, photos and videos from previous conferences.

Support the Conference

Click to Make a Gift and help support this annual student-run conference, now in its fourth year. Read conference testimonials.