The 2023 Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will feature the hard work of Eastern Michigan University graduate students on March 24

YPSILANTI -- With the end of the year in sight, undergraduate and graduate students alike are getting ready to showcase their work to the wider campus community. At one of these showcase events, the upcoming Graduate Research Conference, 93 presenters from every college in EMU will gather to do just that.

“The GRC is an annual conference put on by the Graduate School to celebrate the research, scholarly work, and creative projects of EMU's grad students and recent alumni,” says Communications graduate assistant Janet Leppala. The GRC will host projects in 15 conference rooms with two poster sessions hosted throughout the day. There will be a large emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion found in many of the projects, with faculty and students present to highlight its importance.

Frank Urban
Frank Urban

After being held virtually for the past few years, the GRC will be back in-person on the third floor and auditorium of the Student Center on Friday, March 24 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. At 12 p.m., the GRC Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Frank Urban.

Here are a few of the projects being presented at the event and their authors:

  • Looking for Love on a Chilly Night. The Colorado Brown Tarantula’s Mating Season. Dallas Haselhuhn, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology [M.S.]

  • Regulation of the Levels of Soluble Amyloid Precursor Protein α (sAPPα) in Lung Cancer Cells. Kai-ling Coleman, Chemistry [M.S.]

  • Predicting Which Americans Play The Most Video Games. Oliver Hohman, Mathematics [M.S.]

  • How a Black Woman Principal Combated Anti-Black Racism against Black students while embracing Black Joy. Donya Odom, Educational Leadership [Ph.D.]


Learn more about the Graduate Research Conference on the website.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

March 15, 2023

Written by:
Teddy Bigelow

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