Graduate Academic Conference

The 12th Annual Graduate Academic Conference is scheduled for February 22, 2020!

This conference provides a great opportunity to fine-tune your presentation skills and gain valuable insight on how to communicate your research to a generalized audience.  You’ll receive feedback on your poster or oral presentation from a slate of adjudicators and the winner of the 3MT qualifies to go on to the regional competition. The top three winners in each category — oral, poster, 3MT— will each be awarded prizes of $300, $200, and $100 respectively. (*Must be an enrolled MSU graduate or professional student to qualify for cash prizes and 3MT advancement.)

The keynote speaker and the workshops will engage graduate students in rich discussion about how to better prepare themselves for the future and to discuss their research in productive manners in policy and to the general public. Detailed information about the keynote speaker and the conference workshops will be forthcoming. Check back here for updates.

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Tip of the Day

1/14/2020: Let your abstracts tell a story about your research. A problem, the plan, and…SUCCESS!! 10 days left to submit your abstract to the Graduate Academic Conference!!

1/13/2020: If you haven’t talked with your boss about presenting at the Graduate Academic Conference, now is the time! 11 days for abstract submission!

Abstract Submission/Registration

The 12th Annual Graduate Academic Conference will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the MSU Union. 8:30 am – 6 pm 

“It Starts with Us: Graduate Students at the Forefront”

We invite you to submit your abstracts to this year’s Graduate Academic Conference. This year the conference is focused on graduate students and how we are impacting the future with our research. The keynote speaker and the workshops will engage graduate students in rich discussion and how to better prepare themselves for the future in front of them. Detailed information on the  keynote speaker will be forthcoming.

Submit your abstract here.

* Note: After you submit your abstract, you will be asked to pay the $5.00 participant fee at our Storefront

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24th, 2020

NOTE: Abstracts will be limited to 250 words.

The themes for this year include:

  1. Sustainability -This session focuses on how science, either social or natural, impact society in multiple ways including, but not limited to, research done from the colleges of Social Science, Engineering, Natural Science, Law, Medicine, and Arts and Literature.
  2. Healthy Societies -This session is targeted towards research areas that deal with understanding and improving the human experience, including, but not limited to, research from the colleges of Engineering, Social Science, Communication, Arts and Literature, Music, Nursing, and Medicine.
  3. Science in Society -This session focuses on how science, either social or natural, impact society in multiple ways including, but not limited to, research done from the colleges of Social Science, Engineering, Natural Science, Law, Medicine, and Arts and Literature.
  4. Bodies in Motion -This session focuses on research that advances understanding of how things move, from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy, and all the bodies in between, including, but not limited to, research from fields of physics, astronomy, engineering, and kinesiology.

Upon submission of your abstract you will be asked to select one of the above room themes to present in. These themes help to pair like talks with each other and can be from any division on campus! We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you at the conference in February!!

When submitting an abstract an advisor consent form must also be submitted. All abstracts that are to be looked at must contain the advisor consent form or the abstract will not be considered for presentation.

Advisor Consent Form

The registration form also needs to be submitted. This form helps us know how much food is needed and if you have any dietary restrictions. We also want to showcase where everyone is from! Be sure to fill out the form here to register for the conference (even if you are presenting)!

Registration Form

Information Flyer – Please feel free to download and share.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker : To Be Announced


Advocate your research from a policy perspective. Sheril Kirshenbaum will be hosting this fun workshop focusing on communication/advocacy for your research in policy making. There are many different points of research that are considered every day when making new laws and you as a graduate student will be the next generation to help influence those policies. Learn how to advocate for yourself and your research to be effective in your future!

Communicate your research with the general public. SciComm is here to help you learn how to better communicate your research with the general public. This exciting workshop will focus on communicating your research to a non-specialized audience through verbal communication, writing, outreach, and more! You may have heard them on Impact 89 FM with their radio broad cast the Sci-Files, but today they are here to help you improve your general communication skills with the public!

Three Minute Thesis

3MT Three Minute Thesis Founded by the University of Queensland

What is 3MT?

 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.  The winner of MSU’s 3MT competition will have the opportunity to compete at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT in April 2020. Students must be enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester to compete. Please click on the LINK below for more information.  You may also visit for more information on 3MT.

3MT Information

The Three Minute Thesis submissions can be made here. In the abstract field please type “3MT” or “three minute thesis” to indicate that you plan to submit to the 3MT!

Stay updated on important conference news by checking back to this page frequently!

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Having trouble designing your poster? Follow this link to a cool new poster presentation called the Better Poster! 

Don’t know where to get your poster printer? Look into your department first to see if there is a place to print posters. If not there is a poster printer in the library that can help! Below is a little bit of information that may be helpful for you as well!

How much does it cost for a poster?

  • Full Ink Coverage (Color or Black): $6.00 per linear foot
  • 25% Ink Coverage (Color or Black): $3.60 per linear foot
  • Line drawing (Black or Color) : $1.80 per linear foot
  • Premium Paper is available for an additional $2.40 per linear foot.

Who may use this service?

  • The poster printing service is only available to MSU Students and Faculty/Staff. You must have a valid MSU NetID to log into computers that support the software needed to send a poster.

If you are presenting in any of the categories (3-Minute Thesis, Oral presentation, Poster presentation) you may find the judging rubric helpful to look at! Here are the three rubrics depending on what you are presenting!! Good luck to all!!

Poster Presentation Rubric

Oral Presentation Rubric

3MT Presentation Rubric

Do you have questions about the 3MT and want more information that what has already been provided? Look here!

Previous Conferences

2019 Conference Details

Last year we had many presenters and participants and we just want to say thanks to everyone who came out to the 11th Annual Graduate Academic Conference on February 16, 2019 and congratulations to all of our presenters. Without you this conference would not have been the success it was! Last year we were proud to award the following students with awards in each of the categories below. We hope to see you this February as well!!

Poster Presentations:

1st:  Azrina Azrina with the presentation titled ‘Salmonella typhimurium: Specific Signatures as Targets for Detection by Using DNA Aptamer in Foods and Enviroments’.

2nd: Albert Jiao with the presentation titled ‘Reversal of Cancer Gene Expression Predicts drug Candidates for Cholangiocarcinoma’.

3rd: Saba Manzoor with the presentation titled ‘Effects of seasonal variations on distribution patterns of Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) in rural and urban zones of Central Punjab, Pakistan’.

Oral Presentations:

1st: Kellie Walters with a presentation titled ‘Temperature and daily light integral influence growth and development of sweet basil’

2nd: Matthew Swiatnicki with a presentation titled ‘Whole genome sequencing of mouse mammary tumors reveals a Ptprh mutation with potential importance to non-small cell lung cancer’

3rd: Lauren Kiryakoza with a presentation titled ‘Concerted transcriptomic and lipidomic analysis highlights altered lipid metabolism in humane diabetic retinopathy, particulary in phosphatidylcholine and diacylglycerol generative pathways’

3MT Competition:

1st: Azrina Azrina with a presentation titled ‘Salmonella typhimurium: Specific Signatures as Targets for Detection by Using DNA Aptamer in Food and Environments’

2nd: Pretap Bhanu Solanski with a presentation titled ‘Staying Connected in the Underwater Realm via Light’

3rd: Tyler Derr with a presentation titled ‘Multi-Factor Congressional Vote Prediction’

Please see here for article  – The State News

2019 GAC Photo Gallery

2018 GAC Photo Gallery