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Graduate Research Conference

The University of New Hampshire would like to invite you to the Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC). The GRC is a celebration of academic excellence at the University of New Hampshire. In 2017, the GRC celebrated its 14th year during a two-day long symposium, running April 2017. Over 200 UNH graduate students, from all academic disciplines, will present at the GRC over the course of those two days, or during their program’s research symposia. The presentations showcase the results of their scholarly, engaged, and creative research in multiple venues at both UNH's Durham and Manchester campuses. All events are free and open to the public.

Join us to learn about everything from the effect of feeding frequency on an invasive sea anemone to the preparation of semiconducting nanoparticles to taverns and their roles in 18th Century New Hampshire society. Come experience the fruits of your fellow student's hard work and gain valuable insights into conducting effective research.

Who Presents at the GRC?

The GRC is open to any graduate student at the University of New Hampshire who would like to present research in either poster or oral form. Special considerations are made for those students who have received travel grants from the UNH Graduate School for the same year as the GRC. These students are required to present their research in some form during the GRC.

Students are encouraged to inquire with their department or college regarding other talks, seminars, presentations, or colloquia that may be planned in conjunction with the GRC. If a department would like to schedule an event to coincide with the GRC, we encourage them to contact us. To learn more about graduate research check out our Explore UNH page.

Spring 2017 Graduate Research Conference

All events are free and open to the public; no registration is necessary to attend events. Day one will cover the poster presentations and day two will cover the oral presentations. See the Time & Room Schedule for the Oral and Poster Session details, including a list of participants, times, and locations.

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Annual Spring 2017 Conference

This year's GRC is already gaining momentum and we plan on making it even bigger and better than our previous conferences! Poster presentations will be held in the Whittemore Center Arena April, 2017. Oral presentations will be held at the Holloway Commons Conference Rooms in April 2017. The GRC will kick off Graduate Appreciation Week with events ranging from free lunch and breakfast to an after-hours social.


Registration: CLOSED

Registration for presenters is now open. Please visit the Graduate School's GRC registration page to register for this year's conference.Please note that up to 4 students may collaborate on a single poster or oral presentation. We ask that only one registration be completed for the presentation and that the additional presenters be listed in the comments section of the registration form.

Ph.D. students participating in the GRC are also encouraged to register for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges Ph.D. students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Registration for the 3MT will take place separately from general GRC registration. To register for the 3MT, please visit the UNH Graduate School Event Registration page and select "3 Minute Thesis Challenge."

Leitzel Center Awards

The UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education recognizes exemplary STEM education and outreach at UNH’s Graduate Research Conference. The Leitzel Center will make two awards (one for an oral and one for a poster presentation). The award selection will be based on the presenter’s demonstration of a significant contribution in at least one of two key areas:

  1. Graduate student contributions made in the design and implementation of STEM education research projects, which advance our understanding of STEM education within K12 formal settings
  2. Graduate student contributions made in the design and implementation of STEM education outreach projects, which directly impact K12 teachers or K12 students through application of enhanced STEM content or pedagogies

The awards will each be $500. Questions about the Center and eligibility for these awards can be directed to Steve Hale. If you are interested in being considered for an award and meet the eligibility requirements, please indicate so in the appropriate field on the GRC registration form when registering for the conference.

Schedules and Presentations

There are two types of presentations at the conference, oral presentations and poster presentations. There will be rooms grouped into various program categories. If you have any questions about the presentations please contact the Graduate School Dean's office. The conference will officially begin at the poster session with opening remarks from Dean Richards, followed by the keynote address from last year's Faculty Mentor award winner, and the annual UNH Graduate School awards. See below for a detailed schedule of remarks.

  • Location: Whittemore Center Arena
  • Date: April 2017
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Holloway Commons Conference Rooms
  • Date: April 2017
  • Time: TBA


This year the Graduate School is proud to announce that students from the following organizations on campus will be presenting at the GRC:

Getting Help

Questions on the conference, registration, or in general should be emailed to the Grad School Deans office or call (603) 862-3005. You can also stop by the Graduate School Deans Office at Thompson Hall, Room 118 with any questions or concerns. Accessibility accommodation requests may be directed to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and Outreach Scholarship at (603) 862-2488.

If you would like to include the new University of New Hampshire logo on your poster, please visit the UNH New and Emerging Media website for links to downloadable official logos. Also, students in need of poster creation help are encouraged to visit the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) website for helpful tips and strategies.