Graduate Studies

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    The next university-wide Graduate Research Conference will be held on March 2, 2018.
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    The conference will be held in the University Union.
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    Proposal submissions due January 19, 2018.
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    Students who submit an abstract agree to present if accepted.
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    All accepted abstracts will be posted on the Graduate Studies website in February.

Graduate Research Conference

The WIU School of Graduate Studies will host the fourth annual university-wide Graduate Research Conference next spring on March 2, 2018 in the University Union. All WIU graduate students interested in participating are encouraged to submit a proposal for a poster, paper presentation, or performance online by January 19, 2018. 

2017 Conference

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduate Research Conference Award Winners:

Research Posters
  • 1st Place - Md Imtiaz Khalil (Biology) "The Effect of Arbuscular Mycorrhizae on Defense related Gene Expression of Tobacco Plants when facing Herbivory Challenges"
  • 2nd Place - Lukas K. Sotola (General Experimental Psychology) "The Effects of System Justification and Reminders of Ingroup Disadvantage on Just World Beliefs"
  • 3rd Place - Alex Walker (Economics) "Impacts on Prices Paid to Colombian Coffee Growers"
Performance Presentations
  • 1st Place - Jason Shores (Theatre: Acting) and Monica Tate (Theatre: Acting) "Composing Theatrical Stories Informed from the Reduced and Essential Elements of Source Material 'Metropolis'"
  • 2nd Place - Jeff Allen Young (Theatre Performance/Acting) and Brett John Olson (MFA Theatre) "Holistic Acting Training, and its Application to the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship"
Research Presentations
  • 1st Place - Nancy Dixon (History) "The Silenced and Naked People: Representations of the Philippines and Filipinos at The Quincy Museum"
  • 2nd Place - Emma Trone (Biology) "Evaluating Gene Expression in Chronic Wasting Disease Infected White-Tailed Deer"
  • 3rd Place - Oluwasola Ayosanmi (Public Health) "Perception of HIV/AIDS Vulnerability and the Screening Tests among Youths"

Conference Materials