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March 19, 2024

Explore graduate student research at annual K-State GRAD Forum March 19 and 20

Submitted by Michael Sellman

The annual K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery, or K-GRAD, Forum begins today, March 19, with oral presentations from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the K-State Student Union rooms 227, Flint Hills and Cottonwood. Poster presentations will follow from 1-3 p.m. on March 20 in the Union courtyard.

The K-GRAD Forum gives K-State graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity to showcase their research and scholarly work to the K-State community. By participating, students gain valuable experience presenting their work in a professional setting. Unlike many traditional academic conferences, K-GRAD involves a diverse audience and judges who are not experts in each student’s area of research. This requires graduate students to use less technical language to communicate their work. Developing these communication skills enhances graduate students’ competitiveness in the job market, especially in non-academic careers where they will work with professionals who have a variety of technical backgrounds.

The forum is open to the K-State and Manhattan community. It is a great opportunity to experience and learn about the important research that graduate students are conducting. K-State faculty and postdoctoral researchers will serve as judges to select the most outstanding presentations to receive awards.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place from 3:45-4:45 p.m. March 20 in Room 227 in the K-State Student Union. Visit the K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery event website to view session schedules and to access a full event abstract booklet.

Questions about K-GRAD may be directed to the Graduate Student Council at egsc@k-state.edu or to Megan Miller, Graduate School assistant director of student success, at mmmiller@k-state.edu.

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