The Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) grew its offering of Gordon Research Seminars from 88 in 2013 to 147 Gordon Research Seminars in 2017. A Gordon-Kenan Graduate Research Seminar (GKRS) is a two-day meeting designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral students, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience. The GKRS are particularly important because they allow the next generation of scientific explorers to network and discuss their research at a critical time in their budding careers.
The Kenan Institute supports approximately 16 brand new GKRS annually. Since 2001, Kenan Institute support has provided seed funding for over 113 new Gordon-Kenan Research Seminars, helped leverage over $134 million from private & federal sources, and helped provide registration and travel support for over 2,250 GKRS registrants, roughly 45% of all participants. From 2001 to 2013, GKRS/GRC Chairs have raised $44 million from federal funding and $90 million from private industry partners. 5,920 North Carolina scientists representing 507 organizations attended GRC and GKRS programs during that time.