Research Conference



The Graduate Student Council and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies invite graduate students from the University of Louisville along with graduate students from regional universities to share their research at the annual Graduate Student Regional Research Conference (GSRRC).  Now in its 11th year, the 2018 GSRRC offers graduate students an opportunity to share their research with the University of Louisville community through oral talks, poster presentations, and the 3-minute thesis competition, while gaining valuable experience in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.  It also highlights the diversity of research on campus and allows students to engage in meaningful networking opportunities.


2018 Conference Program

2018 Keynote Lecture & Special Events

Frequently Asked Questions


Conference Program

Click the image below to access the 2018 program. (Updated February 28 at 9:00 pm).

Keynote Lecture & Special Events

2018 Keynote Lecture

Friday, March 2, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bingham Humanities, Auditorium 100

Dr. Rebecca Heiss 

"Blind Spots to Breakthroughs: The BS of Your Brain"
Business, biology, brain science: Dr. Rebecca Heiss brings the best of all three worlds together. With her expertise in human behavior and evolutionary psychology, Rebecca’s style brings her audiences along for an enlightening journey into their own minds. After earning a PhD with research designated as "transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Rebecca went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts”—subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. As the CEO and founder of Biologic Balance (a stress monitoring and reduction company) she stays busy helping others “become their best biological selves.” Described as a creative thought leader, Rebecca was honored to deliver a TEDx on a portion of her work and has built her career on helping others break through their “BS” (Blind Spots); ancestral brain pathways mismatched with a modern environment. Having conquered the business of biology, Dr. Heiss has turned her focus to revolutionizing the biology of business. Rebecca’s engaging personality energizes individuals to view their behaviors and choices through an insightful new lens.

Speed Networking

Friday, March 2, 2018
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Bingham Humanities, Room 109

     Sponsored by the Graduate Network in Arts & Sciences at UL, this event encourages attendees to grab breakfast, then mix and mingle with fellow students.  Informal time to practice your elevator pitch and develop new connections to start off the conference on the right foot.

3-Minute Thesis Competition

Friday, March 2, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Bingham Humanities, Auditorium 100

     The 3-Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for students to present their research in a competitive showcase.  Contestants must present their work in no more than three minutes with a single, static Powerpoint slide.  The winner at the University of Louisville will proceed to the regional competition.


Career Workshop "Thriving Beyond Graduate School"

Saturday, March 3, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clinical and Translational Research Building, Room 101

     The University of Louisville Career Development Center will be offering a free career workshop.  The goal of this workshop is to help graduate students prepare for a career as they finish school.  The workshop will focus on converting a CV to a resume, utilizing LinkedIn for job searching, finding and networking with potential employers, acing an interview, and exploring careers in academia versus beyond academia.


Awards Ceremony

Saturday, March 3, 2018
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Clinical and Translational Research Building, Main Lobby
     Prizes will be given for the following:
    • First place poster presentation of each poster session, as judged by faculty judges
    • Audience favorite oral talks, as voted on by audience members
    • First and second place in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, as judged by faculty judges
    • Raffle drawings for everyone, earn one raffle ticket per event that you attend (must be present at awards ceremony to win) 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can present at this conference?               

               This conference is open for all graduate students from the University of Louisville to present.  In addition, we invite all graduate students from regional universities to present and attend.  These include University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Western Kentucky University, Sullivan University, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, and more.

  • What are the deadlines to submit an abstract to present at the conference?

               The 2018 abstract deadline is January 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm to apply to present an oral talk or poster presentation.  The abstract deadline is February 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm to apply to compete in the three-minute thesis competition.

  • What are the requirements for my oral talk or poster presentation?

               Oral talks are expected to be 10-15 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes for Q&A and while Powerpoint presentations are encouraged, they are not required.  Poster sessions entail a presenter standing aside their poster for a 1 hour session.  They are given 5 minutes to present to the faculty judges.  Poster size should not exceed 48” tall by 60” wide.

  • Who can attend this conference?

               We encourage graduate students, faculty (especially mentors of presenters), and staff to attend to support their fellow graduate students.  In addition, we invite undergraduate students to come learn about graduate school research.

  • Is there a fee to present, attend, or register for the conference?

               There is no fee to present, attend, or register for the conference.  All aspects of the conference, including meals and snacks, are free.  However, please note conference registration is required for meals so that appropriate amounts of food can be ordered. 

               The Graduate Student Council (GSC) ensures that all conference expenses are covered through our annual budget so that students can attend and present at a conference without the burden of registration fees.

  • Can I present both an oral talk and a poster presentation?

               Absolutely!  You can present your work in both forms.  The more, the merrier.

  • What sessions are judged and awarded prizes?

               The poster sessions are judged by faculty and top posters are awarded prizes during the award ceremony on March 3.  While the oral talks are not judged by faculty, there are prizes awarded for the best oral talks as chosen by an "audience favorite" vote.  The 3MT competition awards prizes for top participants.  Lastly, there are awards for attendees at the conference.  For each event you attend, you will receive one raffle ticket to put into a drawing at the award ceremony for a chance at a prize.

  • What are the prizes? 

               In 2018, featured prizes included an Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Fire Tablet, FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, Roku Streaming Stick, Portable External Hard Drive, Compact Portable Charger, and Wireless Presentation Remote, just to name a few.