Graduate Research Conference

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2021 Virtual Graduate Research Conference

Friday, March 19, 2021, 9 a.m.–4 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. This year we will be offering graduate students the option to present their projects through live sessions or submit a pre-recorded poster/oral presentation.

2021 GRC Dates and Deadlines

  • December 14, 2020 - The application portal opens
  • January 29, 2021 - Proposal Submission deadline
  • February 5, 2021 - Faculty mentor approval deadline 
  • February 12, 2021 - Acceptance response notification date
  • February 17, 2021* - 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • March 12, 2021 - Presentation Upload Due
  • March 19, 2021 - Virtual Graduate Research Conference

3 Minute Thesis Competition*

Unlike past years, the 3 Minute Thesis Competition will be held prior to the GRC. The 3 Minute Thesis Competition allows thesis and dissertation students to present their research in under three minutes utilizing one powerpoint slide. The winners of the Competition on February 17th, will present again during the GRC. Additionally, the first place winner will compete at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT Competition.

Live Sessions

Thesis and Dissertation students will have the option to disseminate their scholarly and creative projects through live sessions over videoconferencing.

Pre-Recorded Presentations

Poster Presentation Submission

Please record yourself giving the presentation (10 minutes maximum) and upload it to Google Drive. A presentation upload form will be sent out to presenters after their proposal has been accepted.

Oral Presentation Submission

Please record yourself giving the presentation (10 minutes maximum) and upload it to Google Drive. A presentation upload form will be sent out to presenters after their proposal has been accepted.

Possible Recording Platforms to Utilize

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.



The GRC will be hosting workshops focusing on the IRB process, perfecting your pitch, common research pitfalls, design to dissemination, and presentation skills to help students prepare for the conference.

Please register to attend any of the following GRC workshops.

  • The IRB Process: Friday, January 22nd, 12-1 PM
  • Tips on How to Deliver an Effective Pitch: Friday, January 29th, 12-1pm
  • Common Research Pitfalls: Friday, February 4, 12-1pm
  • Design to Dissemination: How to Manage the Research Process: Friday, February 19, 12-1 PM
  • Academically Speaking: Professional Presentation Skills: Friday, March 5, 12-1 PM
Dr. Mason
2021 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Shawn Mason
Dr. Mason

2021 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Shawn Mason

2021 Keynote Speaker

The 2021 GRC Keynote Speaker is Dr. Shawn Mason. Dr. Mason will present the keynote at the GRC's annual luncheon.

Shawn T. Mason, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Outcomes, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions

Dr. Shawn Mason has focused his career on the rehabilitation and advancement of psychological human health and performance. His experience ranges across clinical, research and corporate operations. As a licensed clinical psychologist, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings that have involved severe medical and psychological injuries, active duty military and veterans, communities and high-performance training.

Dr. Mason oversees the data outcomes group, as well as research study planning and design across multiple organizational and customer platforms. Part of his role is advancing research conducted through the Human Performance Institute.

Previously, Dr. Mason held a position in trauma, risk, resilience and recovery outcomes at the U.S. Army Southern Regional Medical Command Warrior Resiliency Program in San Antonio, Texas. He has also held multiple adjunct faculty positions.

Dr. Mason completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Eastern Michigan University, his internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. There, he focused his efforts in the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in collaboration with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. 

GRC Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in an EMU graduate program or have graduated in 2020.
  • Engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below).
  • Be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 19, 2021 between 8 a.m. and 5 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:

  • Academically Speaking—oral presentations
  • Prezi workshops
  • Poster Design
  • IRBNet training to support research with human subjects

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 Format

Presentations must be either a PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation. Mac Keynote presentations will not be supported during the GRC. View an instructional [PDF] on how to use Keynote's built-in exporting system to convert your presentation prior to the GRC deadlines.

Poster Format

A poster template was developed for this year's GRC to adapt and use for poster presentations. If you are presenting a poster, please follow the guidelines and template below. Your poster must be no larger than 40" x 60" and can be printed in G01 Halle at the Poster Printing Center.

The Graduate School has developed a composite of best practices in poster design [JPG].

Questions regarding the Graduate Research Conference can be directed to [email protected] or 734.487.0042.

Virtual 2020 Graduate Research Conference

The Virtual GRC is available here.

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. This year, we have decided to pursue the first ever 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 Graduate Research Conference through an interactive online platform.

The 2020 Graduate Research Conference Program is now available.

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