What is the GAC?
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) invites you to the 15th annual Graduate Academic Conference (GAC). The GAC is a forum for graduate students to gain experience communicating their research to a non-specialized audience. Our adjudicators are MSU Alums (many graduate school alums!) with wide-ranging professional backgrounds who provide feedback that can help students fine tune their presentation skills.
As a presenter, you will benefit from constructive feedback that will help you learn to better communicate your research to generalized audiences as you progress in your research. You will also be able to network with your peers across disciplines as well as with your audience of judges and other interested professionals attending the conference! As an attendee, you will be able to view the great work being done by student researchers as well as have access to workshops geared to help all graduate/professional students!
Who is eligible to participate? ALL MSU Graduate & Professional students! Masters/PhD and all professional students – at any point in your program. The GAC is a great place to hone your skills as a communicator and presenter! Communication is a skill that takes practice. The GAC helps students get the practice and provides feedback they need to become better communicators.
Conference Date: February 18, 2023.
Venue: MSU Union Building (49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824)
Here is the 2023 GAC Abstract Submission Form
You must also fill out the 2023 GAC Registration Form
***Upload signed Advisor Consent Form with your abstract.
**Abstracts are limited to 250 words
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2023. **EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 31, 2023**
- 15-mins Oral Presentations
- Poster Presentations (Mike Morrison Style)
- 3-Minutes Thesis (3MT)
Science and Society: This session is targeted at research that advances understanding and gears toward improving the human experience, including and not limited to research from fields of psychology, astronomy, engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, music.
Growing Knowledge: This session highlights research that enables cultivation of strong minds and bodies of all forms of life, including, but not limited to research from fields of education, medicine, agriculture, natural resources, and natural science.
Sustainability: This session focuses on research that promotes knowledge to guide us through an uncertain future, bridging research from fields related, but not limited to, climate change, food and water, energy, and business
Innovative Ideas: This session highlights research on novel methods or concepts that enables application of cutting-edge technology to address emerging issues in all fields.
- Writing high impact papers (Hybrid)
- Preparing for a job interview (Panel Discussion)
KEYNOTE: Dr. Angela K. Wilson, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor/Associate Dean for Strategic Initatives and President, 2022, American Chemical Society
Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry
NEW THIS YEAR!
Speed Networking (Registration required): Interact with peers in a short amount of time! In this session, you’ll be randomly paired with a participant for 6 minutes to connect, exchange information, and ask questions. When the time is up you move on to your next connection. The goal is to enable each participant to interact with over half a dozen colleagues and the opportunity to meet many more. Space is limited for this session.
Free Professional Photographs-Headshots
Free CV/Resume Review
All those presenting will be asked to pay a $5 Presenter fee. An email confirmation of Abstract Acceptance will be sent that includes a link to pay this fee. If payment is not received by the day before the conference, you will not be able to take home any winnings. Please pay the $5.00 Presenter fee once you receive COGS GAC Acceptance Confirmation email.
Registration is Open!
Not presenting? You can stil register to attend the conference! You can attend workshops, Keynote Lunch, view the amazing student presentations, and participate in activities throughout the day.
2023 GAC Conference Attendee Registration Form