Interdisciplinary Forum

Two students talking at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

The 25th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Robert W. Ballroom inside Plaster Student Union. Presentations begin at 8 a.m.

Share your research and creativity

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum showcases graduate student research and creative works through oral, poster and performance presentations.  These presentations are designed for a mixed audience, so jargon is minimized and explanations are clear.

Presentation categories

You can present your research though an oral presentation, a visual poster or a performance. Learn details and tips for presenters

Oral presentations

You will have 12 minutes to present followed by 3 minutes for audience questions.  Please load your presentations on the room computer prior to the hour in which you present.

Virtual presentations (Oral)

Virtual presenters will be sharing their prepared materials and talking to the IDF attendees through Blackboard Collaborate. Please contact the Graduate College by March 16th for information on how this will work.

Poster presentations

Your poster will be hung from 8:00 - 12:00 and you will be assigned 1 hour to stand with it.


You will have 15 minutes to perform. If your piece is static, consider entering the poster division.


Awards for outstanding presentations are given in the three presentation divisions. Also, the award winners for Outstanding Graduate Assistants, Graduate Mentor and Graduate Faculty are announced at the forum.  This ceremony will start shortly after noon (in the PSU theater) and will last about an hour.  In addition to awards, it will include entertainment from the College of Arts and Letters, and welcome messages from our President and our Provost.

Other involvement opportunities

If you don’t want to present, you can be involved in the forum by:


You will receive a confirmation via email within a week over the holidays or in less time when classes are in session.

You will receive detailed information before the event.