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Graduate School


The Graduate Research Conference (GRC) is scheduled for:
Friday, March 24, 2017
Location:  Student Center  
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm



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. 


GRC Eligibility:

  • be enrolled in an EMU graduate program or have graduated in 2016
  • engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below)
  • be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 24th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
  • fill out the online proposal application in its entirety by February 8th by 11:59 p.m.
  • Sample Abstracts (PDF)

Please be aware, 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.


The Graduate Research Conference's paper award:

The Graduate Research Conference's paper award competition offers students an opportunity to receive public recognition for their research. 

GRC Dates & Deadlines:

Proposal due date:  February 8th, 2016

Proposal Response Notification date:   February 17th, 2016

GRC Paper Award Criteria & Application released:  TBD

GRC presentation Upload form will be available by TBD

GRC Paper Award Submission Deadline:  TBD


Arts Front: An Unique Opportunity & Format

For 17 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 a new session platform,  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.).


Workshops to support graduate student research and the GRC:

Workshops to support graduate student research and the GRC from previous years have included:

  • Academically Speaking–oral presentations
  • Prezi workshops
  • Poster Design
  • IRBNet


  • Research Consultation with Matthew Dick 
  • Research development from idea to analysis: learn to avoid the pitfalls and streamline the process with Matthew Dick Nov. 8 and 9 in Halle 302 from 4:00-5:00pm

  • Presentation Skills for Professionals
    • Wednesday October 26th with Dr. Doris Fields
    • Thursday October 27th with Dr. Don Ritzenhein
      Halle Library - 302 4:00-5:00pm

Please register for the workshops


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       


Presentation Format

Presentations must be either a Power Point or Prezi Presentation.  Mac Keynote presentations will not be supported during the GRC.    Attached is an instructional on how to use Keynote's built in exporting system to convert your presentation prior to the GRC deadlines.  


Oral Presentation

Upload form available soon. 


Poster Format

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


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

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


Questions regarding the Graduate Research Conference can be directed to: or 734.487.0042


The Fall 2015 GRC Program is available here

Faculty Resources

Graduate School, 200 Boone Hall Phone: 734.487.0042, Fax: 734.487.0050,