CLEMSON — Clemson University will celebrate the role research plays — on campus and beyond — during the month of April with activities showcasing the academic excellence and scholarship of its students and faculty.

“Research and Innovation Month (RIM) is an opportunity to display all of Clemson’s research accomplishments, including those that on their own don’t always make national news,” said Barbara Speziale, associate director for academic affairs at the Watt Family Innovation Center. “RIM advertises research events taking place throughout the Clemson system — at our off-campus facilities, as well as on campus.”

Research and Innovation Month

Research and Innovation Month

This year, RIM will also celebrate Clemson’s recent designation as an R-1 Carnegie Classification doctoral university by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, an honor reserved for universities with the highest level research activity the nation.

“The research on display during Research and Innovation Month reflects the work necessary to achieve this significant and prestigious honor, and it reflects our very talented undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff who contributed to the work,” said Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research at Clemson.

This year’s marquee events include:

  • April 1 — Three Minute Thesis Competition Finals: Graduate students will present their theses to a general audience in just three minutes. The competition will take place in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • April 6-7 — Focus on Creative Inquiry: Clemson Creative Inquiry groups will display and demonstrate their projects in the Watt Family Innovation Center, room 108, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
  • April 7  National Endowment for the Humanities Application-Writing Workshop: John Cox will conduct an application-writing workshop in the McKissick Theatre in Hendrix Student Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • April 8  Graduate Research & Discovery Forum (GRADS): Graduate students will showcase their research in this competition, held in the Watt Family Innovation Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and from 2 to 5 p.m. A reception will be held in the Watt Family Innovation Center atrium at 5 p.m
  • April 15  Team Science Workshop: Michelle Bennett, deputy scientific director for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Heath, will lead this workshop on enhancing collaborative research skills. The workshop will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Watt Family Innovation Center.
  • April 16  TEdxClemsonUniversity: Themed “The Next Step,” this event will feature 12 speakers who cover topics ranging from science to personal and social life. TEdxClemsonUniversity will take place in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • April 18  Fulbright Day: A representative from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars will be on various locations across campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to meet with faculty interested in the Fulbright Scholars exchange programs and conduct a campus-wide workshop on the application process.
  • May 4  Research Symposium: A Transdisciplinary Culture of Research: This all day event in the Watt Family Innovation Center will engage faculty across disciplines in an effort to increase collaborative research activities. All faculty and post-doctorates are encouraged to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster. Click here for more information.

For a complete list of events and more information on Research and Innovation Month, visit