Graduate Research Conference

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2022 Graduate Research Conference

Friday, March 18, 2022, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  *Virtual*

The Graduate Research Conference (GRC) team invites graduate students of all disciplines, colleges and degree designations (masters and doctoral) to attend the GRC, a celebration of graduate student research and creative activity in a professional conference format. 


To access the ForagerOne GRC page click the button below:

2022 Graduate Research Conference 

The event is currently open for registration.


For More Information on the Presentations and Schedule Click the Links Below! 


2022 GRC Dates and Deadlines

  • December 13, 2021 - The application portal opens
  • January 28, 2022 - Application Submission deadline
  • February 4, 2022 - Faculty mentor approval deadline 
  • February 11, 2022 - Acceptance response notification date
  • February 23, 2022 - 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • March 11, 2022 - Presentation Upload Due
  • March 11, 2022 - Video Upload Due on ForagerOne 
  • March 18, 2022 - Graduate Research Conference - Format: Virtual 

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions the 2022 Graduate Research Conference will be hosted virtually*

This year the GRC will be hosted virtually through a combination of Zoom and Symposium by ForagerOne.  Students presenting will upload their presentation to our ForagerOne GRC website.  We encourage all Oral, Poster, and Arts/Design Presenters to include a short 5-10 minute video of their scholarly/creative activity.  In addition to the ForagerOne platform, each presenter will present live on March 18th, 2022, via Zoom.  More detailed information on the Zoom session and the ForagerOne GRC Website will be provided in the upcoming weeks.


3 Minute Thesis Competition

The 3 Minute Thesis Competition asks thesis and dissertation students to present their research in under three minutes using only one PowerPoint slide. The top three contenders will present again during the GRC. Additionally, the student who earns first place will compete at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT Competition.

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2022 GRC Keynote Speaker Alfreda Rooks
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2022 GRC Keynote Speaker Alfreda Rooks

2022 Keynote Speaker 11:30a.m - 12:30p.m. 

The 2022 GRC Keynote Speaker is Alfreda Rooks. Ms. Rooks will present on Friday, March 18th 11:30a.m - 12:30p.m. during the Graduate Research Conference. 


To watch a recording of Ms. Rooks click Here!


Alfreda Rooks, MPA

Director of Community Health Services for Michigan Medicine

Alfreda Rooks, MPA is the Director of Community Health Services for Michigan Medicine - UM Health System, where she works to advance the important mission to identify creative solutions to address the various health and social needs of the community.

In this role, she leads efforts to improve health outcomes and equity of care through a range of programs and services that address the social determinants of health. These factors include access to: safe housing, transportation, income, education and healthy foods and physical activity which provide a profound impact on the health-related inequities of various populations.

Alfreda has strong expertise in program development, design, evaluation, and implementation, and a long history of deep-rooted community engagement. The programs within Community Health Services include: Adolescent Health Initiative, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Volunteer Services, Michigan Medicine Lodging Program for Multicultural Health, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, and the Friends of University of Michigan Health System. In addition, she had a leadership role with the Comprehensive Gender Services Program, one of the oldest academic-based programs providing care to the transgender community for over 20 years.

Her experience includes an extensive background in training, guiding and mentoring teams and building collaborations at all levels. In addition, she has trained on topics such as leadership development, change management, process improvement, culturally appropriate communication skills, the intersection between culture and health and engaging the community.

GRC Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in an EMU graduate program or have graduated in 2021.
  • Engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below).
  • Be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 18, 2022 between 9 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
  • Fill out the online proposal application in its entirety.
  • Sample Abstracts [PDF]

Please be aware that the information provided in the application will be considered a final draft and used in event programming. Additionally, you should work with your faculty sponsor prior to application submission, as application approval by your faculty sponsor is required for participation.

  • Applications must submit their applications electronically.

Support for graduate student research and the GRC

The Graduate School can help identify resources for you to aid with the following topics:

For information on how to access resources or to be connected to a faculty/staff member that can assist you, please email [email protected] or call 734.487.0042.

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations 

Oral presentation sessions will be from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Each session will be ~45 minutes long featuring three to four student presenters. A moderator will facilitate each live oral presentation session.

Presentations can be either Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Prezi Presentation. Presenters should aim for 10 minutes of content presentation and 5 minutes of questions. Presenters will be required to upload their presentation by Friday, March 11th at the link provided to them in their email. 

Poster Presentations 

The poster sessions will occur from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 18.

Presenters will be required to upload their poster by Friday, March 11 at the link provided to them in their email. Poster presenters may use the logo and template below. 

Symposium by ForagerOne Recorded Presentations

In addition to presenting at the Graduate Research Conference we are asking all participants to submit a brief video of their presentation to our new GRC Webpage hosted on Symposium by ForagerOne! More information and updates will be distributed to all GRC participants once selected.

Recorded Poster Presentations 

Each recorded poster presentation will be a five to ten minute overview of the student's research project. A presentation upload form will be sent out to presenters after their proposal has been accepted. 

Recorded Oral Presentations 

Each recorded oral presentation will be a five to ten minute presentation of the student's research project. A presentation upload form will be sent out to presenters after their proposal has been accepted.

Possible Recording Platforms to Use

We understand that this process may be difficult with multiple presenters. If you come up with any creative solutions to accommodate multiple presenters, please let us know! Additionally, feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any issues- we will try our best to provide assistance.

The email that is used to submit the presentation will be included in the caption of the project for viewers to contact if they have any questions. 

Virtual Graduate Research Conference

In light of world-wide health and safety concerns, the GRC Team has explored alternative ways to display the scholarly and creative endeavors of our graduate students. The past two years, we have decided to pursue a Virtual Graduate Research Conference. We understand all of the time and effort that has been put into preparing poster and oral presentations and are excited to bring you the 2020 and 2021 Graduate Research Conference through an interactive online platform.

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