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The Graduate Research Conference

Grad Research Conference

Friday, November 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 (final session) p.m.

The Graduate Research Conference (GRC) invites graduate students of all disciplines, colleges and degree designations (masters and doctoral) to apply to participate in the GRC, a celebration of graduate student research and creative activity in a professional conference format. Below are instructions and a schedule of the conference events.

To apply a student must:

  • be enrolled in an EMU graduate program
  • engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (details below)
  • be available to present at the GRC on Friday, November 14th between 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
  • fill out the online application in its entirety by October 10th

Application Available here.

Sample Abstracts (PDF)


GRC Dates & Deadlines:

Proposal due date: October 10, 2014
Notification date: October 24, 2014
Conference Paper Award Criteria & Form: October 14, 2014
Conference Paper Award Deadline: November 5, 2014
Workshops: October 13-November 11, 2014
Presentation Electronic Upload due date: November 10, 2014


New Opportunities & Formats

Arts Front. For 16 years, EMU has provided oral presentation and poster session platforms to support graduate research and creative activity. To both encourage and increase graduate student participation in the arts and arts-based disciplines (e.g. creative writing) we are offering a new session platform, Arts Front , which allows for an emphasis on more experiential and product forms of research and creative activity (a poem, a sculpture, a personal narrative performance, etc.).


Workshops to support graduate student research and the GRC:

Workshops are open to all graduate students.  REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS HERE.


Academically Speaking –oral communication techniques to assist students in professionally presenting their research and creative activity

Monday, Oct. 13th 3:30 p.m. -4:45 p.m. - Professor Doris Fields


Wednesday, October 22nd  3:30 -4:45 p.m. - Professor Don Ritzenhein


Monday Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m -4:45 p.m. - Professor Doris Fields


Tuesday, November 11th  4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Professor Don Ritzehnein


Poster Design   -  best practices in poster design.

Monday, October 20th 4:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m. - Diane Lawrence, Senior Instructional Technologist, IT


Prezi  - develop a Prezi for your GRC presentation or for a future presentation.

Monday, November 3rd 4:00-5:30 p.m.                   Professor Michael McVey


IRBNet   -  training to support research with Human Subjects.

Training Schedule Available here:


Questions regarding IRBNet can be directed to the:

Office of Research Compliance at 734-487-3090 or human.subjects@emich.edu .


Innovation & Commercialization Lab – taking your research to market            

Friday, November 14th (during the Graduate Research Conference) 2:45 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Professor Phil Rufe and Celeste Stachurski, doctoral student, Technology Studies


Poster Format

The Graduate School has developed a composite of best practices in poster design. Click here to learn more.

Additional best practices and a visual guide can be found here:



  • A Poster Design workshop for graduate students is scheduled for October 20, 4-5:30 p.m.

You can register for the workshop and other graduate student workshops here.


Poster Template

  • A poster template was developed for this year’s GRC to adapt and use for their poster presentations. The template is in a Powerpoint format. You can download the template here.


Graduate Conference Paper Awards

  • To participate in the Graduate Research Conference Paper Awards, graduate students will need to submit a two-page paper summarizing their research/scholarly project or presentation by November 7, 2014. Paper criteria and application is available here:

    Questions regarding the paper award can be directed to emu_grc@emich.edu


Other Graduate Student Awards

  • Graduate students awards: Ron Collins Graduate Assistantship awards, programmatic awards art, theatre, music and English and awards will be promoted at a later date and presented during the University's Week of Excellence 2015.

2014-15 Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships are open and taking applications. See link here: http://www.emich.edu/graduate/admissions/financialassistance/scholarships.ph


Graduate Research Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 13th 7:00 p.m. George Liepa Sigma Xi Speaker

Your Gut: More than a Digestive System given by Dr. Gary Huffnagle, Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan.  Student Center Auditorium, Free.  LBC Credit Provided.

Friday, November 14th 8:30 -5:15 p.m. at the Student Center

  • Check-In  8:30 a.m.
  • Session #1 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
  • Poster Session A 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Session #2 -10:30 -11:45 a.m.
  • “Deans & Dogs” Lunch- 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m
  • Session #3- 1:15-2:30 p.m.  
  • Poster Session B 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Session #4   2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Session #5 -4:15-5:15


Questions regarding the Graduate Research Conference can be directed to:

emu_grc@emich.edu or 734.487.0042