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GRADS 2022 Posters

Please visit this link to stream the competition live via Clemson TV!

The Clemson University Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS) is an annual research competition organized by Clemson’s Graduate Student Government (GSG). Traditionally held during the Spring semester, GRADS showcases the innovative and outstanding research being done by graduate students across all seven colleges at Clemson University. The GRADS competition gives all graduate students at Clemson University the opportunity to present their research via poster symposium and oral presentations. Traditionally, the event is organized as a mini conference within the graduate student body, creating networking and collaboration opportunities across different departments and disciplines of graduate study.

GRADS 2022

The format for GRADS 2022 will consist of a preliminary and final round. In the preliminary round, participants will submit virtual posters and a 2-minute video describing their research on the Clemson GRADS 2022 website. To see last year’s preliminary posters, please view the GSG GRADS 2021 page. These submissions will be judged at the college-level with the top two submissions from each college advancing to the live final round (14 finalists total). In the final competition, participants will be challenged with presenting their research in a compelling manner in under seven minutes to a broader, non-specialist audience. This year’s GRADS finals will take place in the Watt Family Innovation Center, with this year’s champion receiving $1000. To see last year’s final competition, please view the following recording.

Register for GRADS! Click here to enroll in the Canvas page. Here you will find the official registration link to acquire your Google Site.

Important dates for GRADS 2022

  • February 28 | Information Session Partnered with GRAD 360°
  • March 23 | Final Poster Submissions Due
  • March 28 – April 1 | Preliminary Round Week
  • April 4 | Finalists Announced
  • April 15 | Final Competition in Watt Family Innovation Center


  1. Lauren O'Connell - College of Science
  2. Bridget Blood - College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  3. Sara Krivacek - College of Business

People's Choice Paritra Mandal - College of Engineering, Computing, and Sciences

GRADS 2020

As a result of complications stemming from COVID-19, no GRADS event was held in 2020.

GRADS 2019

The GRADS 2019 event took place during Clemson’s Research Week in April. The competition included poster contests, lecture presentations, and 5-minute lightning talks. GRADS 2019 also had 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!

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


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
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