UND’s GRAD 2018 Showcases Student Research Enterprise

Casey Kohs (right), a master’s student in English, explains her research, “Out of the Woods,” during Graduate Research Achievement Day 2018. She was one of more than 150 graduate students sharing their research, scholarship and creative activity. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

English master’s student Casey Kohs was one of the lone literary scholars in a swarm of more than 150 geographers, space investigators, psychologists and other graduate-level academics packing the UND Memorial Union Ballroom on March 6.

But Kohs was unruffled, even with the responsibility of repeatedly explaining her current research into French folklore and transgender identity.

“I kind of love being next to the guy playing violin. It’s been very calming all day – I have no anxiety,” the Minneapolis native laughed, referring to the fellow graduate student two posters down, taking bow to string to musically present his work.

It’s this kind of cross-discipline variety that, in just its second year, has made UND’s Graduate Research Achievement Day – or GRAD – a beacon of the breadth and quality of research, scholarship and creative activity happening in the UND School of Graduate Studies.

“This is the most exciting day in my year,” said Grant McGimpsey, graduate school dean and VP of Research and Economic Development. “I see these students as the lifeblood of research at this University. Without the graduate students, we don’t have a research university.”

To read more about UND’s graduate research initiatives, click here.