Graduate Research Conference



2023 Graduate Research Conference

Friday, March 24, 2023, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  

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. 

2023 GRC Dates and Deadlines
December 12, 2022 - The application portal opens
January 27, 2023 - Application Submission deadline
February 3, 2023 - Faculty mentor approval deadline 
February 10, 2023 - Acceptance response notification date
TBD - 3 Minute Thesis Competition
March 17, 2023 - Presentation Upload Due
March 24, 2023 - Graduate Research Conference  

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.

Here's Some Information on our Presentations from 2022:

2022 Graduate Research Conference 

The event is currently closed for registration.

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

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2023 GRC Keynote Speaker Frank Urban
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2023 GRC Keynote Speaker Frank Urban

2023 Keynote Speaker 11:30a.m - 12:30p.m. 

The 2023 GRC Keynote Speaker is Frank Urban. Mr. Urban will present on Friday, March 24th from 11:30a.m - 12:30p.m. during the Graduate Research Conference. 



GRC Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in an EMU graduate program or have graduated in 2022.
  • Engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below).
  • Be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 24, 2023 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 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 24th. 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 17th 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 24th.

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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