Graduate Studies



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    The next university-wide Graduate Research Conference will be held on March 5, 2021.
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    The conference will be held in the University Union.
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    Proposal submissions due January 29, 2021.
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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 early February.

Graduate Research Conference

The WIU School of Graduate Studies will host the eighth annual university-wide Graduate Research Conference on March 5, 2021 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 29, 2021.

2020 Conference Materials
2020 Conference

Congratulations to the 2020 Graduate Research Conference Award Winners:

Research Posters
  • 1st Place - Taylor Brooks (Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration) "Narrative Analysis of the Leisure Behavior of Black Individuals and Families in Rural Illinois"
  • 2nd Place - Cassidy Miles (Biology) "Gear Evaluation and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Composition in the Upper Mississippi River"
  • 3rd Place - Emmanuel Sanchez-Tovar (Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics) "Spectral Line Survey of Ionized Jet Candidates from Broadband VLA Observations"
Performance Presentations
  • 1st Place - Kaitlin Findley (Theatre - Design) A Journey Through the Scenic Design Process of 'Stupid F#@king Bird'
  • 2nd Place - Rebecca Rankin (Theatre -Design) Costume Design for Richard II
Research Presentations
  • 1st Place - Mallika Asar (Chemistry) Phage Display Selection, Identification, and Characterization of Novel Pancreatic Cancer Targeting Peptide Ligands
  • 2nd Place - Rebecca Bocian (Biology) Development of a Novel Calreticulin Plasmid Reporter for the Identification of Immunotherapeutic Drugs that Induce Immunogenic Cell Death
  • 3rd Place - Oluwasegun Akinyemi (Health Sciences) Improving Pregnancy Outcome with Early Screening of Diabetes in Pregnancy