Graduate Academic Conference

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

More information will be provided in the coming months, so stay tuned! 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 winner of the 3MT qualifies to go on to the regional competition. Workshops, abstract submission information and deadlines will be announced and provided to departments soon. Check back here for updates.


The 12th Annual Graduate Academic Conference will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the MSU Union. 8:30 am – 5 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 workshops and the keynote will be forthcoming.

**Stay tuned here for Abstract Submission Form and upcoming deadlines. We will send out this information to departments and post here when available.**

NOTE: Abstracts will be limited to 250 words.

The themes for this year include:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Healthy Societies
  3. Science and Society
  4. Bodies in Motion

Watch for the following forms to be available soon:  Abstract Submission Form, Advisor Consent Form and Registration Form.

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. Consent Form will be available once Call for Abstracts goes live.

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)!

Keynote Speaker : To Be Announced


Coming soon!!!

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.pdf

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

For any questions please email:


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!


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