Focus on Graduate Education Next Week

February 12, 2020


  • One of the activities is a "3-Minute Thesis" competition, featuring the research presentations of 12 graduate students. There will be a cash prize for first place, runner up and People’s Choice.
  • Bank of America is the presenting sponsor for Graduate Education Week.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Winthrop University’s Graduate School celebrates its fifth annual Graduate Education Week on Feb. 17 with new offerings and a new sponsor.

"Graduate Education Week has become a much-anticipated week on Winthrop's campus, as the entire campus becomes more aware of the many contributions of our graduate students,” said Jack DeRochi, dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for academic outreach. “In addition, with the launch of our 100 percent online graduate programs and the continued support of the Graduate School Advisory Board, those contributions are now even more recognized by the region and state."

He said there are more events and activities than ever before, including a second "3-Minute Thesis" competition on Monday night, featuring the research presentations of 12 graduate students. There will be a cash prize for first place, runner up and People’s Choice.

Another change is the addition of a sponsor. “We are very pleased to have Bank of America as the Presenting Sponsor for Graduate Education Week and for their recognition of how essential graduate education is to the economic and cultural life of our community,” DeRochi said.

Check out the week’s events:

Monday, Feb. 17 - Regalia Day 

Faculty and staff with graduate degrees are encouraged to wear regalia while teaching, attending meetings or just walking around campus. When you see someone wearing academic regalia, ask about their graduate school experience and snap a photo.  Don't forget to post the pictures on social media with #WUGradEdWeek.

Monday, Feb. 17 - 3MT Competition

6-7:30 p.m., Whitton Auditorium

During this second annual “3-Minute Thesis” competition, students will present their graduate research project to a general audience in just three minutes, competing for cash prizes.  A reception immediately follows the competition.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Why Graduate Education Matters

11 a.m., Dina's Place

This panel discussion features faculty, staff, students and alumni speaking to the importance of graduate education and how it positively impacted their lives and careers.             

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – M.F.A. Studio Tour

5-6:30 p.m., Winthrop Galleries

Take a look at the works of the university’s graduate art students. Stop by the gallery and then tour the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) studios to visit M.F.A. students as they work on projects. 

Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Grad School 101

5:30-7 p.m., 114 DiGiorgio Campus Center

Undergraduates can learn how to put their best foot forward when choosing and applying to graduate school.

For more information, contact the Graduate School at 803/323-2204 or

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