Thank you for coming to the 2022 GAC!
Room Themes 2022 (click/tap to open section)
|Living off the Land and Water
This session focuses on research at the cutting-edge of its respective field interacting with the natural world as we know it with research in, but not limited to, natural resources, agriculture, medicine, chemistry, and social sciences.
|Networks: Biospheres to Business
This session focuses on how information is connected to create networks including, but not limited to, research done from the colleges of Social Science, Engineering, Natural Science, Law, Medicine, and Arts and Literature.
|Change: for Better or Worse
This session is targeted towards research areas that deal with understanding change and its effects, including, but not limited to, research from the colleges of Engineering, Social Science, Communication, Arts and Literature, Music, Nursing, and Medicine.
|Thinking Global, Acting Local
This session is targeted at research that bridges the gap from communities to the international scene, bringing the knowledge from, but not limited to, research on climate change, the environment, food and water, energy and business.
Keynote Speaker (click/tap to open section)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Anthony
Luncheon starts at 12:30 pm on the 2nd Floor, MSU Union Ballroom. Keynote address will begin approx 1:00 PM.
Stephanie Anthony is the director of the Office of College Access Initiatives. In this role, she supervises a team of professionals in the operation of several pre-college programs. Each of the programs is geared to the support and preparation of underrepresented youth for success in post-secondary institutions. Programs that fall under her purview are Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, King-Chavez-Parks and Gear Up. Dr. Anthony joined University Outreach and Engagement in 2020 after having directed the Upward Bound of MSU program since mid-2017. Prior to taking on the role of director and program coordinator for the Upward Bound program, she worked in the MSU College of Human Medicine. There she coordinated and supported the efforts of a Michigan-based study in a joint reentry research project with Brown University. The research was conducted with incarcerated women in Michigan’s prison system as a collaborative effort with the State of Michigan’s Correctional Facilities Administration. As a fixed term faculty member having taught in the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Public Health Division, she taught public health policy. During this same period, she concurrently served as an admissions interviewer for aspiring medical students within the College of Human Medicine and as a mentor to many local area youth.
Prior to joining MSU in 2015, Dr. Anthony worked with the Consumer Protections Division in the Office of the Michigan Attorney General. There, she traveled throughout Michigan for ten years working primarily with K-12 youth in educational systems to promote healthy behaviors, student safety, and leadership. A former two-term elected official for an urban school district in the State of Michigan, she has been an advocate for students, educators, and the community for twenty-plus years. As a board member, she has held several leadership positions including that of board president, treasurer, and secretary. Dr. Anthony is devoted to service for the underserved and throughout her professional life has worked diligently in those arenas that allow her to fulfill her purpose. These have ranged from her counseling work with at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations, to her work in the substance abuse field as a drug court manager and methadone clinician, and lastly in her work as a master’s level psychologist. She is an elected at-large member of Michigan State University’s Academic Governance Steering Committee and serves both as a faculty senator and a representative of MSU’s University Council. Key collaborations with longstanding community organizations such as CAPCAN of Lansing and the Lansing Promise represent the valuable partnerships that she focuses on in ongoing efforts to benefit Lansing area students and to prepare them for post-secondary success. Anthony and her team are also focused on the development of collaborations statewide to support underrepresented students. A member of numerous organizations, she works each year as a judge for the Michigan Historical Society’s statewide student history competition and also serves on the Board of the Greater Lansing Women’s Center.
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Dr. Anthony is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. She attended Harvard University for master’s studies in liberal arts with an emphasis in psychology and completed her doctoral studies in educational leadership at Fielding Graduate University.
What is 3MT? (click/tap to open section)
What is 3MT?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. 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 March 2022. Students must be enrolled during the Spring 2022 semester to compete. Please click on the LINK below for more information. You may also visit https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au for more information on 3MT.
Workshops (click/tap to open section)
Information on Workshops
From 9:30-11am, the GAC will be hosting two workshops. Stop by to learn great career tips and ways to manage stress through yoga! Stop by the Registration Area on the 2nd Floor of the MSU Union, outside the Ballroom to sign up. Registration opens at 9:00 AM.
From Diploma to “You’re Hired”- How to Attain Post-Graduation Career Success in the COVID Age
3rd Floor MSU Union, Lake Superior Room
Presented by: Career Services
- This interactive workshop will be focused on offering advice (and offering interactive activities) to help graduate students begin the process of looking for the right job after their degree (e.g., developing a positive mindset, updating materials, networking with or messaging potential employers).
Chair + Yoga + You: A Self-Care Tool for Stress Management
3rd Floor MSU Union, Lake Erie Room
Presented by: Recreational Sports and Fitness Services
- We all have stress, that’s an understatement! Learn how to recognize it and manage it through easy-to-do movement patterns based in yoga. Street clothes welcome!
- Participants will not need to bring a mat.
Previous Conferences (click/tap to open section)
2021 Conference Details
Congratulations to our 2021 GAC Winners, and thank you to our GAC Committee and The Graduate School for the support. We can’t wait to see you again next year!
1st Place: Ying-Chen Lin, Horticulture
2nd Place: Sukhwindar Ajimal, Osteopathic Medicine
3rd Place: Talha Ghazi, Human Medicine
1st Place: Megan Carrillo, Osteopathic Medicine
2nd Place: Erika Tvedten, Osteopathic Medicine
3rd Place: Jillian Sterman, Fisheries & Wildlife
1st Place: Tessa Grebey, Animal Science*
2nd Place: Sneha Banerjee, Electrical Engineering
Apoorva Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering
*Advances to Regional MAGS 3-MT!2021 GAC Program
2020 Conference Details
The 2020 GAC Conference was such a huge success that we just want to say thanks to everyone who came out to the 12th annual Graduate Academic Conference on February 22, 2020. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you again to our amazing Keynote Speaker and Workshop leaders! Without you this conference would not have been the success it was! This conference led to some amazing participants and we are proud to award the following students with awards in each of the categories listed below. We hope to see you at the 2021 GAC!
1st Place: Katayoon Maghami
2nd Place: Vinai Reddy
3rd Place: Brianna Alred
1st Place: Amelia Stieren
2nd Place: Vanessa Maldonado
3rd Place: Skye Russell
1st Place: Syeda Anum Hadi
2nd Place: Xinyu Tu
3rd Place: Dhrubajit Chowdhury
Thank you to all who volunteered, judged, attended, presented, and planned our 12th Annual GAC! See below for pictures of the event.
2019 Conference Details
During the 2019 GAC 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! This 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!!
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’.
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’
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
Videos from GAC 2021 (click/tap to open section)
Thank you all for attending this year’s conference! The day went so well and we could not have asked for better presentations! Thank you to our judges for all of your hard work! We also want to thank our workshop organizers/presenters and our Keynote speaker Provost Woodruff from MSU. The day was a huge success and we are so happy that the first ever virtual GAC was enjoyed by all that attended!
Below you will find the videos that we collected from the conference. We only recorded the Keynote Address and the Awards as we did not want any issues with research grants to effect our student presenters as they continue their work.
For those that attended the conference you are still able to access Whova for the videos as well. Thank you for your attendance and we look forward to next year’s conference!
Abstract Submission/Registration (click/tap to open section)
The 14th Annual Graduate Academic Conference
Saturday, February 19, 2022
MSU Union, 9:00 am – 5 pm
Our Theme: “Per aspera ad astra: through hardships to the stars”
REGISTRATION **Register here to attend the conference, view presentations, keynote & luncheon, and attend workshops, etc**
Our 2022 Room Themes: Living off the Land and Water, Networks: Biospheres to Business, Change: for Better or Worse, Thinking Global, Acting Local
PRESENTERS: Abstract submissions are open until January 31st, 2022. Presenters do NOT need to fill out a separate registration form as this Submission form will also serve as your registration: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION NOW CLOSED.
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.
CO-presenters and Non-Presenters: Even if you are NOT presenting, you are welcome to attend the conference to watch your peers’ presentations, attend a workshop, attend our Keynote event and more! There is no charge for any of the events. For co-presenters where your primary presenter has completed the Abstract Submission form – please use this attendee registration form as well to be counted for lunch and workshops! Please register below:
Important Information for Speakers and Presenters (click/tap to open section)
Please check in at the registration area on 2nd Floor of the MSU Union outside of the Ballroom area. Registration table will open at 9:00 AM. You are welcome to get set up and attend workshops in the morning. Coffee will be available throughout the day.
- Registration Table Opens, 9:00 AM – open all day!
- Workshops, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Oral Presentations I, 11:15 AM – 12:15 AM
- Lunch/Keynote Speaker, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
- Poster Presentations, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
- Oral Presentations II, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Three Minute Thesis Contest, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
- Awards, 4:30PM – 4:45 PM
Suggested dress code is business casual.
PRESENTERS: Please check in at registration/check in prior to setting up for your presentation. You do not need to come at any particular time, just make sure you check in before your presentation time and give yourself enough time to set up and be at your assigned location at your assigned time. You are welcome to participate in workshops, keynote lunch and other activities, but they are not required.
Coffee will be available throughout the day!
Masks required per MSU Policy. Please see MSU Together We Will webpage for all related information to Covid-19.
Click on the link above if you need a quick glance at your presentation time or location. Or come to the Registration Area (2nd floor outside of ballroom) if you need assistance!
General Information on Presenting: Focus on Communication
The focus of this conference is to help students fine tune their presentation skills. Therefore, you are NOT being judged on the quality of your research. Was your research slowed down by the pandemic? Experiments not completed? Results not ready yet? No problem! We just want you to concentrate on how best to COMMUNICATE your research to a generalized audience!
Our adjudicators are MSU Alums, many former graduate students just like you! They represent a wide range of professional backgrounds. The rubrics they will use to evaluate your presentations are listed here:
To pay the abstract fee please follow this link (or wait for your confirmation email): *Link will close at 5PM on on Friday Feb. 18th. Please take care of payment before then to be eligible for prize $.
- Arrive 10 minutes early to your time slot for your presentation.
- Send PowerPoint for Oral Presentation to the committee before the day of the conference.
- Oral Presentation is 10 minutes of presentation time and a 5-minute period for questions
- A typical poster size is either 32″ x 40″ or 36″ x 48″ . That said, there is no poster size or material requirement.
- Either portrait or landscape orientation is acceptable.
- We will have easels with large sturdy backing on which to clip or fasten your poster. (We have clips with the easels.)
- Arrive 10 minutes early to your time slot for your presentation.
- We will provide a time count down and a walk through before the event.
- Rules for 3MT follow the same format as the University of Queensland here.
Abstract Acceptance Email Information:
3 Minute Thesis Presenters:
Important Information for Judges (click/tap to open section)
Please check in at the registration area on 2nd Floor of the MSU Union outside of the Ballroom area. Registration table will open at 9:00 AM. You are welcome to get set up and even attend workshops in the morning before the presentations get started if you arrive early. Coffee will be available throughout the day.
If you wish to help judge additional presentations should we have last minute cancellations, please come to the Registration Area and let a staff member know. We almost always have a need!
Click on the link above if you need a quick glance at presentation times or location. Or come to the Registration Area (2nd floor outside of ballroom) if you need assistance!
- You will receive an email with all the day-of details that you will need.
- We will have a session onsite at the conference to go over responsibilities for the conference and to help with any concerns.
- Session assignment times will be emailed to you. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions!
- To view the rubrics before the conference, download them here.
- Thank you for your service! Go Green!
- Questions? Contact the COGS Office: email@example.com or call (517) 353-9189.
Click here for PDF of overall Conference Day Schedule
Poster Resources at MSU (click/tap to open section)
Having trouble designing your poster? Follow this link to a cool new poster presentation called the Better Poster! https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/06/24/theres-movement-better-scientific-posters-are-they-really-better
Here are some additional links to youtube videos about poster design and how to make a poster in PowerPoint.
Don’t know where to get your poster printed? 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 and at Erickson Hall that can help! Below is a little bit of information that may be helpful for you as well!
Find the answers here:
- MSU Library: https://lib.msu.edu/node/1886123/
- Erickson Hall: https://education.msu.edu/resources/buildings-technology/service-center/
- 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.