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About Grad Expo

The Grad Expo is an all day event where Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduate students from a variety of disciplines present papers and posters to their fellow students, faculty, and other members of the Pitt community. This event provides the opportunity for graduate students to gain experience in presenting their research as well as fostering interdisciplinary communication amongst the departments and programs within the School of Arts and Sciences. It is an opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to be exposed to practices and concepts which, while possibly foreign to their field, might nevertheless enrich their work and certainly their academic experience at The University of Pittsburgh. This year we will also be hosting the Noontime Data Blitz where students will have 30 seconds to "sell" their research to the audience in our version of the elevator pitch.

Also join us for Your Brain on Grad School: Mental Health Resources for Graduate Students. Graduate school presents many unique mental and emotional challenges, leading to high rates of mental health issues among graduate students. Though mental illness in grad students is prevalent, it remains a problem that is largely unaddressed. This workshop will serve as an educational forum on existing mental health resources and strategies, as well as a platform for grad students to voice concerns and suggestions as to how the University of Pittsburgh can better accommodate the mental health needs of its graduate students.

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission form will open Monday, January 11th, 2016 and will remain open until Monday, February 1st, 2016. The abstract submission link will be available here starting January 11th.

Abstract submissions will be accepted in five categories (TBD). Outstanding presenters in each category will receive a prize stipend to be used for conference travel or the purchase of research materials.

Time and Location

This year's Grad Expo will take place throughout the day on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 on the fifth floor of the William Pitt Union.

Schedule of Events

Session Time Place
Complementary Breakfast Opens at 8:30am WPU 5th Floor Lounge
Podium Presentations 9:00am–12:00pm WPU
Poster Presentations 10:00am–12:00pm WPU
Noontime Data Blitz 12:00am–1:00pm WPU
Poster Presentations 1:30pm–3:30pm WPU
Podium Presentations 1:00pm–4:00pm WPU, multiple locations
Your Brain on Grad School 4:00–5:00pm WPU
"Mental Health Resources for Graduate Students"
Awards Presentation and Reception 5:30–7:00pm Bridges Restaurant, Wyndham Hotel

Program (Schedule)

The program will be available closer to the event date.

Grad Expo Committee

The Grad Expo is organized by a committee of Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences graduate students.