Share your research, sharpen your skills, and expand your reach.

Graduate Research Day showcases the groundbreaking research accomplishments of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Certificates and cash prizes are awarded in various categories, including Awards of Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student, Awards of Excellence in Research by a Postdoctoral Fellow, Program/Discipline Awards, and numerous speciality awards. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, sharpen your presentation skills, and recieve recongition for your research.

In addition, The Graduate School is proud to continue our tradition of inviting a distinguished speaker each year to deliver the keynote speech. Honored guests have included Nobel Laureates and other highly esteemed researchers whose contributions have revolutionized science and medicine.

Questions? Contact

Katedra Richardson
Academic Program Coordinator

Keynote Speakers

Previous Keynote Speakers

FROM Presentation Preparation  TO Award Recognition

Student Presenting Poster


Poster board surface area is approximately 5' high and 4' wide. All posters will be mounted with pushpins. There are no special accommodations for oversized posters. Students must be at their posters for the duration of the session.

Students Receiving Awards


Oral presentation submissions are limited to Post Doctoral fellows. The time allotted for talks is 10 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A. 

Guest Speaker


Presentations will be judged based on overall scientific merit. Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded at the the Graduate Research Day award ceremony. First-year graduate students are not eligible for awards.

Center for Writing Excellence Workshops

More CWE Workshops | CWE Writing/Speaking Groups and Retreats

Need help writing a strong abstract? The Graduate School is here to help. We've partnered with the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) to connect you with virtual workshops that will help you craft a precise, accurate, and accessible abstract. These workshops are available to all AU students and postdoctoral fellows.

Abstract Workshop

The first step towards presenting on GRD is submitting a strong abstract.
Attend this virtual webinar to learn concrete strategies for sharpening your research abstract. The presentation will include tips for choosing content, organizing and formatting, and writing clearly and concisely.

Register for Workshop

Making Your Research Accessible to Other Disciplines

Expand your reach across disciplines and connect with a wide array of audiences. 
Attend this virtual workshop to learn how to sharpen your oral and written communication skills. We can show you how to increase the clarity and accessibility of your ideas without sacrificing the complexity of your work. 

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