2018 Research Day Information

Save the Date! The 18th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoc Research Day will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at ​Benson Center, Room 401, Reynolda Campus.

Parking Details TBA


Students and postdocs must be the primary producer of the work being presented. Posters that have already been presented at conferences are welcome. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.  (See the following website for additional details: http://threeminutethesis.org/).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Students and postdocs should complete the SUBMISSION FORM no later than​ the extended deadline of: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 5:00 pm.


POSTER: The poster presentation must be in the form of a poster and no larger than 60 x 40 inches.  Easels, foam-board backing boards, and pins will be provided for setting up the posters. Both students and postdocs may participate but we only have space for 85 posters, so submit your abstract early. Please note that the posters will NOT be judged so we encourage you to take part in the raffle.

THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION: For the 3-minute thesis presentations a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. (See the following website for additional rules: http://threeminutethesis.org/rules-judging-criteria).


One $400 award for first place, one $300 2nd place, one $200 3rd place, and one $200 People’s Choice award will be given for the 3MT presentations along with a raffle for an iPad Mini.

ONLY students will be able to take part in this competition for monetary awards. Due to time constraints, there will only be 10 three-minute thesis presentations on Research Day. If we receive more than 15 submissions, we will have a preliminary round to determine the 10 finalists.

​ Graduate School staff will be in touch regarding dates for the Preliminary Rounds.​ ​


Poster set-up:       1:30 – 2:00 PM

Poster session:     2:00 – 3:00 PM (posters left up until 5:00 PM)

3MT set-up:           2:30 – 3:00 PM

3MT competition:   3:00 – 4:00 PM

Awards Announcement: 4:15 – 4:30 PM


Event parking will be located in Davis Field for individuals who do not have a Reynolda Campus parking permit (Reynolda Campus Map: http://static.wfu.edu/files/pdf/visitors/campusmap.pdf)

Wake Downtown provides direct non-stop daily shuttle service between Innovation Quarter and Wake Forest University. Shuttle service is every 15-minutes on weekdays.

For more information on shuttle schedules and routes, please visit: https://parking.wfu.edu/ride-the-wake/

Operating Hours:

MondayFriday7:25 a.m. – 11:10 p.m.  The last departure will be 11:10 p.m.

Departure WFU:
Benson Center
Departure IQ:
Front of IQ Building on Vine Street
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$400 First Place Reynolda, $400 First place Bowman Gray, $300 Runner up, and $200 People’s Choice award will be given for the Three Minute Thesis presentations.


An Apple Watch will be raffled off. Must present Student ID to enter Raffle.


Please contact Sarah Simpson at slaffert@nullwfu.edu

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