UM Gradcon

About the Conference

GradCon is the University of Montana's graduate student research conference and will be held in person on March 4, 2022 in the University Center (3rd floor).  UM GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments. It is organized annually by the UM Graduate and Professional Student Association and is sponsored by the UM Graduate School. The conference is free and open to the public. All members of the UM campus community are encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information on past GradCon conferences and to view presentations, please visit the Archive Pages in ScholarWorks.

2022 GradCon Timeline

December 6 - Call for Submissions OPENS
January 23 - 
Abstract submission deadline at SUNDAY at MIDNIGHT
Jan 25 - Feb 3 - 
Judges deliberate on who will proceed to Round 2 of "Best of GradCon"
February 7 - 
Round 2 awardees announced & in-person conference logistics email sent - make sure to check your NetID email (ex.  
February 9 - Want to refine your presentation and polish your delivery? Make an appointment with the Writing and Public Speaking Center. See the Available Assistance & Resources section of the Submission Page for more info.
February 14 - Round 2 Judging Presentations Video upload deadline at NOON (all submitters are welcome to upload)
February 14-28 - 
Judges deliberate Round 2 “Best of GradCon” submissions
February 27 - 
Poster Printing Deadline at PawPrint at MIDNIGHT
in person at the University Center (3rd Floor) - "Day of" Schedule

Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions opens on December 6, 2021 and closes on Sunday, January 21, 2022 at midnight.

Graduate student presentations may include a portion of a thesis or dissertation or a successful seminar. 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 (abstract) 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. Each abstract should include an introductory paragraph addressing each of the three points noted above. 

The 3 presentation disciplines are as follows: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Social Sciences/Humanities, and Visual and Performing Arts (includes Creative Writing). You will be asked during the submission process to choose which category your work should be presented in.

GradCon attracts a general audience composed of students and faculty in all disciplines. Your intentions must be communicated in a manner that is intelligible to all audience members.

Visit the SUBMISSION PAGE for more information on how to submit.

Additional questions may be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Michelle Eckert.