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CAS Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Robyn Rafferty Mathias
Student Research ConferenceSaturday, April 6, 2024 | DMTI

Submissions Open: November 14, 2023
Submissions Close: February 4, 2024

Submit Your Proposal

CAS students across all disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal of their research, scholarship, or creative work and present it at our annual student research conference — see Proposals & Submission Guidelines below.

Now in its 34th year, the Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference will take place on April 6, 2024, at AU's Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building. Presented by CAS, this annual conference celebrates student achievement. It is an opportunity for CAS students across all disciplines to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends. Participants will create new connections, build their resumes, contribute to our community of curiosity and learning, and be considered for an award.

Mathias Keynote Lecture

Dr. Katherine Grill"From There to Here: Leading the Way in Digital Mental Health Solutions for Students and Schools," April 6, 2024

For the 2024 Mathias Student Research Conference, we are proud to welcome Dr. Katherine Grill, AU alumna and student mental health expert, as our keynote speaker.

Student mental health has been a priority in education following the pandemic. The increased need for accessible mental health resources has prompted the rise of the digital health sector, with new companies, resources, and job opportunities emerging. Dr. Grill will discuss how she went from being a CAS student to a technology executive using tech-enabled solutions to improve school-based mental health. Mathias attendees will gain insight into addressing mental health from a community-driven perspective and learn about career opportunities in health technology.

Dr. Katherine Grill is the CEO and co-founder of Neolth, a startup that provides personalized mental health support and community to students. A trained therapist & neuroscientist, she now works as a technology executive with expertise in school-based mental health and using digital interventions with adolescents. She won 20+ industry awards, including being featured on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square, named to Forbes 30 Under 30, and her company was named a top international youth mental health solution by the World Economic Forum. A sought-after speaker and thought leader, Dr. Grill has been an invited speaker at prestigious organizations such as Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Google, 500 Startups, HLTH, and more. She’s received personal invitations to meet world leaders, such as Dr. Jane Goodall, and work with the US Surgeon General’s Office on a youth mental health initiative.


CAS undergraduate and graduate students in all fields are invited to submit an abstract (short summary) of their research, capstone project, performance, visual work of art, or scholarly work.

Students may submit proposals for:

  • An oral presentation (this can be accompanied by visuals/slides) 
  • A poster presentation
  • A performance
  • A visual work of art

Proposals are due by February 4, 2024, and will be reviewed by the faculty on the Mathias planning committee. Students will be grouped into sessions on similar topics and themes for the conference.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please confer with your faculty research/project mentor before submitting your abstract. They will be an essential partner as you prepare for the conference. 

  • Please keep your abstract to 250 words or less. 

  • Conference participants will be selected based on the quality of their abstracts and execution of the project and/or research.


Each presentation will be juried by a group of AU Community Judges. The top presenters will receive a certificate signed by Dean Linda Aldoory and a monetary award.

The Mathias Student Research Conference is partially sponsored by a generous grant from AU trustee and alumna Robyn Rafferty Mathias and by the NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.

Attending the Conference

Attendees are requested to enter the DMTI building via Entrance 3, closest to AUPD Office or Nebraska Ave surface parking lot. Free parking at the Nebraska Ave Parking lot or SIS Garage will be available. All garages are about 5-10 minutes walking distance from the DMTI Entrance 3.

The university provides free AU shuttle service to and from the Tenleytown-AU Metro station on Metro’s Red Line. Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes from the Tenleytown-AU Metro station.

All participants and guests must check in before proceeding to the presentation sessions. If you haven’t registered, please complete the registration form.


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