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Graduate Student & Faculty Research Conference at UM

The Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference at The University of Montana will take place on Saturday, April 24, in the University Center. 

The conference brings together graduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to present their research. It offers graduate students an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by presenting their work in a formal and intellectually supportive environment. It also fosters greater understanding among graduate students and faculty of the various disciplines’ approaches to and methods of research. 

Conference events include concurrent sessions of oral presentations, a poster session, complimentary lunch, interdisciplinary roundtable discussion, awards for the best student posters and oral presentations, and a closing reception. Childcare will be available.

Graduate students and faculty members may submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentations. Abstracts are due Monday, March 8.  

Graduate student presentations may include a portion of a thesis or dissertation or a successful seminar or course paper. The conference welcomes the presentation of talks or posters previously presented elsewhere. To address the interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary goals of this conference, each poster or oral presentation must include the following brief introductory components directed toward helping those outside the discipline understand the work.

  • An overview of the topic’s significance within the discipline (discipline-specific context)
  • A brief discussion of the research methodology or approach to the topic
  • A statement of the topic’s relevance or interest outside of the discipline.

This general introduction should be followed by a discipline-specific presentation, with modest adjustments in terminology, focus, or other to include a broad audience. Instructions and forms for submitting abstracts will be available on the Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference Web site. Each abstract should include an introductory paragraph addressing each of the three points noted above. 

The conference is sponsored by the Office of Research and Development and the Office of the Provost.

For more information, e-mail or visit the conference Web site at