The Graduate Student Council and the Graduate School 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 16th year, the GSRRC offers graduate students an opportunity to share their research with the University of Louisville community through oral talks and poster presentations, while gaining valuable experience in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience. It also highlights the diversity of research on campus and across the region, and allows students to engage in meaningful networking opportunities.
2023 Poster Competition Winners
There is no fee to present, attend, or register for the conference. All aspects of the conference are free. However, please note that conference registration is required as access will be granted through your email address should we go remote. We ask that you please use the email address associated with your university if possible.
Register for the 2023 conference here!
We welcome all types of research methods, including but not limited to observational studies, experimental studies, case studies, and literature reviews. The recommended length for abstracts is 300 words. All graduate students are invited to present their research via an oral talk and/or poster presentation. Oral talks are expected to be 8-10 minutes in length. More specific requirements and recommendations for oral and poster presentations will be provided to presenters soon. The deadline to submit your abstract is February 15th, 2023.
We are no longer accepting abstracts.
The success of the Graduate Student Research Conference is due in large part to the many judges that provide feedback to the student presenters throughout the conference. In addition to student feedback, the scores are used to disperse several presentation awards.
Faculty, staff, and pos-docs can use the following form to indicate your interest and availability during the conference. We will use the availability you include to create a schedule and send that to you. You may judge as many sections as you wish. Please treat this interest application link as a sign-up form and block out the time(s) you sign-up to judge.
Sign up to be a judge here!
Call for Volunteers
Without our volunteers our conference would not be able to happen. From set-up to clean-up and everything in between, we could use your help. Sign up for one hour or for four, for one day or both days - any help would be greatly appreciated!
Sign up to be a volunteer here!
2023 Events & Speakers
Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah, "Mental Health In Grad School."
Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah serves as the University of Louisville’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Student Wellbeing and the Director of the Counseling Center. A native Chicagoan, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.A in Psychology, and received an M.A. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her clinical interests include multicultural/diversity issues, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management.
In October 2022, Dr. Uqdah became President-Elect of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the world, after serving 2 years on the association's governing board. In 2020, she was also elected to serve a term as a member-at-large on the board of directors of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). At UofL, Dr. Uqdah served as the chair of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee from 2018 through 2021 and represented the Division of Student Affairs as a member of the University-wide Diversity Council. She is currently working as a co-leader of UofL’s JED Campus initiative, which focuses on student mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention efforts on campus.
Marilyn Ann Jackson , "Leveraging Emotional Intelligence for Professional Competence."
Marilyn is the President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, an award-winning museum and multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Through exhibitions, programs, and curricula, the Center shares the hope and inspiration derived from Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the Six Core Principles that fueled his journey.
Marilyn’s career blends more than 25 years of marketing and strategic planning experience in nonprofit and corporate environments. Before joining the Ali Center in 2022, Marilyn served as the Chief Engagement Officer for the United Way of Metro Chicago, the Vice President of Marketing and Audience Strategy for the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), a nonprofit cultural organization, and the Director of Marketing at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She also held management positions at Six Flags Theme Parks and the Ameritech Corporation.
Marilyn earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society from Cornell University.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can present at this conference?
This conference is open to all graduate students from the University of Louisville. In addition, we invite all graduate students from all regional universities to present and attend, including but not limited to Bellarmine University, Eastern Kentucky University, Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, and more. Herein, graduate student refers to those seeking a Master's or Doctoral degree.
Who can attend this conference?
We encourage graduate students, faculty (especially mentors of presenters), and staff to attend to support their fellow graduate students. We invite undergraduate students to come and 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 are free. However, please note that conference registration is required. 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 the top poster from each session is awarded a prize during the awards ceremony. The 3-MInute Thesis competition awards prizes for top participants and audience favorites. These are also announced at the awards ceremony.
What are the prizes?
Featured prizes will be announced soon!
Is transportation provided between Belknap and HSC campuses?
The Belknap-HSC Shuttle: TARC Route 28 provides frequent shuttle service between UofL's two main campuses with just 15 minutes between buses (M-F 5am-11pm; running every 30-minutes on Saturdays and every 60-minutes on Sundays and Holidays). Anyone can ride the TARC and anyone with a UofL student or employee ID can ride for free.
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