CLEMSON — Clemson University will spotlight research throughout the month of April with events that showcase faculty and student achievements and that provide educational opportunities to promote collaboration and career advancement.

Events can be added to an online calendar to encourage participation across Clemson’s campuses throughout South Carolina.

“Research Innovation Month draws attention to the many great achievements by faculty, students and staff that have contributed to our designation as a Carnegie R1 university of the highest research activity,” said Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research. “This designation is a significant achievement and testament to the great work happening at our campuses across the state.”

This year’s marquee events during Research Innovation Month include an appearance by a Nobel prize-winner, among several other events:

April 2-3 — 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 3 p.m. both days.

April 4-5 — The Clemson Student Research Forum will feature undergraduate and graduate student research posters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

April 5 — The Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Watt Family Innovation Center spotlights exceptional graduate student researchers, artists, historians and architects.

April 82018 Conference on the Value of Play: The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

April 9 — The Future of Statistical Bioinformatics and Genomics in the Automated World of Agriculture: Rebecca W. Doerge, a dean at Carnegie Mellon University, focuses on statistical bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations.

April 11 — Renowned chemist Robert H. Grubbs, who won a Nobel prize for unlocking the door for new customizable polymers and other advanced materials, will speak at the Watt Family Innovation Center in a rare appearance by a Nobel prize-winner on campus.

April 24 — This year’s College of Education Research Forum features a panel discussion on the experiences of early career faculty at Carnegie R1 top-level research universities.

The university’s celebration of research and scientific discovery continues at the 2018 Research Symposium on May 9, featuring numerous panel discussions and presentations designed to encourage multidisciplinary research collaboration. At the Symposium, the Division of Research also will announce the first recipients of the new University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards, a new awards program created to honor faculty who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition.

For a complete listing of events, or to add an event to the Research Innovation Month calendar, visit