Graduate Research Exhibition

Nebraska Union — March 26-27, 2024

A celebration highlighting graduate student research and creative activity will be held as part of the campus-wide UNL Student Research Days. The Graduate Student Research Exhibition is an opportunity to showcase your research or creative activity; to communicate results to other students, faculty and staff; and to facilitate the interdisciplinary work on campus by exchanging knowledge and ideas between individuals, labs, and disciplines.


Register to Present Your Poster
Students must register by March 2.

Communication regarding the Poster Session will be by email so be sure the address you use when registering is an account you check regularly. (Also check its “junk” folder.) For more information contact Dr. Lisa Rohde.

Schedule for Week

Each day will feature separate disciplines:

  • March 26: Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • March 27: Arts and Humanities, Education, Business, Social Sciences, Life Sciences

We will hold in-person poster sessions for graduate students from 3-5 pm on each day.


The Office of Research and Economic Development, in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Studies, will host an awards competition that will provide students whose research poster or display is deemed outstanding by faculty judges a travel grant/poster award.

Submit your poster presentation

Poster Presentations should be submitted to Lisa Rohde no later than March 18. Additional information on this process will follow.  Winners will be notified no later than Friday, April 15, and announced through UNL Today and the Graduate Studies website. More information is provided on the poster guidelines page.


Presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content:
    • Clearly defines research topic/problem/hypotheses
    • The significance of the research clearly stated
    • Research questions align with methods
    • Presentation of data is clear, thorough, detailed
    • Ethical issues/limitations/validity issues addressed
    • Directions for future research addressed
    • For creative works, must include discussion of meaning/significance and/or reflections on the body of work exhibited
  • Design:
    • Visually appealing
    • Well organized; easy to read/see
    • Conveys most important information about the project
    • Figures/tables/graphs complement presentation
    • Free of grammatical errors or misspellings
  • Communication:
    • Effective answers questions from judges

Research areas

Two students in each of the following research areas will receive an award:

  • Arts & Humanities: Art & Art History, Music, Theatre Arts & Film, Architecture, Communication Studies (Rhetoric & Public Culture), English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Journalism
  • Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
  • Engineering: All departments in the College of Engineering
  • Business and Social Sciences: All departments in the College of Business Administration plus Anthropology, Communication Studies (Interpersonal, Family, & Health Communication), Community & Regional Planning, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences: Biological Sciences, Nutrition & Health Sciences, and all departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Education: Educational Psychology, Educational Administration, Child Youth & Family Studies, Special Education & Communication Disorders, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education