The Graduate Student Government puts on the Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS) every year as a stage for graduate students to share their innovations with the community. In 2019, GRADS featured three events: lecture presentations, poster competition, and presentations powered by Ignite.

Check out the information for this year’s event:


Register for GRADS: Click here
Registrations close on March 10th.

GRADS 2019

Here are some pictures of the 2019 GRADS! (Must have a Clemson email address to view photos)

The GRADS event takes place during Clemson’s Research Week in early April every year and includes poster contests, lecture presentation and 5-minute lightning talks. This year we will also have speakers from the industry and from Adobe, Clemson presenting talks aimed at improving graduate students' career prospects and skill sets! CASH PRIZES will be awarded for the poster competition!


College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
  1. Herminia Machry | PhD Candidate
  2. Rutali Joshi | PhD Student
  3. Autumn Wines | Masters Student

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  1. Hamdi Zurqani | PhD Candidate
  2. Saad M. Hussein | PhD Student
  3. Bhupinder Jatana | PhD Student

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
  1. Sarah Beadle | PhD Student
  2. Alena Hofrova | PhD Candidate
  3. Kaitlin Mueller | PhD Candidate

College of Business
  1. Shubhasritha Basu | PhD Candidate
  2. Sarah Wilson | PhD Candidate
  3. Bob Wen | PhD Candidate

College of Science
  1. Pubudu Jayasekara | PhD Student
  2. Stephanie LaPlaca | PhD Student
  3. Lauren O’Connell | PhD Student

College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
  1. Jessica Deaver | PhD Student
  2. Emily Blair | Masters
  3. Harish Konduru | PhD Candidate

College of Education
  1. Robert O’Hara | PhD Student
  2. Juan Li | PhD Candidate
  3. Kristina Randall | PhD Student

Ignite Session Award - Lauren Stephens, PhD candidate, PRTM

Big Tent Digital Literacy’s ‘Best poster’ award
  1. Katerina Zapfe, Masters student, Department of Biological sciences
  2. Qianyi Gao, PhD student, Teaching and Learning
  3. Benjamin Schmidt, Masters student, Department of Forestry and Environmental conservation
Lecture Session Awards
  1. Vishal Joseph Thomas, PhD student, Bioengineering
  2. Murwan Siddig, PhD student, Industrial Engineering
  3. Anthony Santilli, Doctoral candidate, Chemistry

Graduate Student Center
602 University Union
Clemson, SC