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The Council Of Graduate Students (COGS) at Michigan State University proud to announce its Seventh Annual Graduate Academic Conference (GAC), taking place on Friday, February 27, 2015. The GAC is open to Graduate and Professional students of ALL academic fields with the purpose in mind of cultivating connections within and across disciplines.

The primary goal of the conference will be to give graduate and professional students the opportunity to present their work to a diverse and educated community, promote interdisciplinary networking, aid in the development of public speaking skills, and encourage collaboration.

Presenters may choose to participate in:
Three-minute dissertation competition
Ten-minute themed research presentations
Poster presentations

We are also excited to announce that Dr. Brian Luke Seaward, a renowned and respected international expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and corporate health promotion, will be this year's GAC keynote speaker. He is respected throughout the international community as an accomplished teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, author, award-winning filmmaker, visionary, and mentor. All participants in the conference are invited to come to this keynote lunch.

Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and should be submitted by January 14, 2015. For more information on the presentation types and registration, please visit the Presenters Page.

3-Minute Dissertations

This innovative form of presentation has been used as an exercise to develop academic presentation skills. The presenter is challenged to convey the purpose and merit of their research in a format that is appropriate to an educated, non-specialist audience within a strict time limit. Learn more about this presentation style, advice on how to create one, and how to sign up! 

10-Minute Themed Presentations

This longer presentation has been a traditional feature of the Graduate Academic Conference. Instead of the traditional focus on fields, the presentations will be structured by broad interdisciplinary themes to allow for increased discussion, collaboration and networking. 

Poster Presentations

This visual format of presentation will follow the same general guidelines as the oral presentations of presenting in an approachable, general format that can be understood by a non-specialist, educated community. 

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