Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium

Clemson’s Graduate Student Government is proud to present the annual Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS). The GRADS event showcases the innovative and outstanding work of Clemson’s graduate students while promoting the studies being conducted in the arts, humanities, sciences, business and engineering. In addition, the event provides an opportunity for students to enhance their presentation skills and disseminate their research to those outside of their discipline.

GRADS is intended to spotlight exceptional graduate student researchers, artists, historians, and architects during Clemson’s Focus on Research Month. The goal of the symposium is to not only provide an opportunity to present one’s work, but give students the opportunity to present and receive constructive feedback from affiliated faculty, staff, students and other guests.

Graduate students, either master's or doctoral, are invited to submit an abstract that summarizes their research and addresses those outside their academic discipline. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the GRADS committee and selected students will be asked to present posters and will be judged by faculty, staff, and other Clemson associates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Students who wish to present physical work in addition to their poster (art, video, digital display, etc.) are more than welcome but are asked to seek approval from the GRADS committee prior to the event.

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.​

The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.


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