Graduate Research Conference

Upcoming Workshops Winter 2020 Workshops

We invite all graduate students to attend our upcoming workshops. Students considering participating in the GRC are highly encouraged to attend one or more of these workshops prior to the conference.

Both sessions of each workshop will be the same (i.e, the presentation for "Design to Dissemination: How to Manage the Research Process" will be the same on February 11 and 12)

Design to Dissemination: How to Manage the Research Process: Halle 302

  • Tuesday, February 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Academically Speaking: Professional Presentation Skills: Halle 302

  • Tuesday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Graduate Research Conference Logo
Graduate Research Conference Logo


Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Third floor Student Center

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.

Dr. Mason
2020 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Shawn Mason
Dr. Mason

2020 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Shawn Mason

2020 Keynote Speaker

The 2020 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 2019.
  • Engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below).
  • Be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 20, 2020 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.

GRC Dates and Deadlines

Arts Front: A Unique Opportunity and Format

For 21 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, EMU offers the Arts Front, which allows for an emphasis on more experiential forms of research and creative activity (a poem, a sculpture, a personal narrative performance, etc.).

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

Past 2019 Schedules

Download the 2019 GRC Program [PDF].

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