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2022 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 

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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

    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.