University of Montana Graduate Conference

University of MontanaGraduate Conference

UM Gradcon

About the Conference

GradCon is the University of Montana's graduate student research conference. 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. 

Please check back for more information on GradCon 2022 - Scheduled for Friday, March 4!

2021 GradCon

We are excited to announce the virtual showcase of student oral and poster presentations in the areas of STEM, Social Sciences/Humanities, and Visual & Performing Arts (includes Creative Writing). 


** Submissions are listed by category and then title. Click on the title to view the entire submission. The big, blue Download button will lead you to the slides/poster file (PPT or PDF). The presentation recording (mp4) is linked down at the bottom of each record (after the abstract, scroll down). 

The UM Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) would like to thank all who tuned in for this live culmination event. During the lunchtime webinar, we spotlighted Confluence, UM’s Graduate School Podcast, and announced the 2021 “Best of GradCon” award winners!  If you were unable to attend the live event, watch the recording here

GradCon Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Flow of Ideas: Confluence and the Story of Graduate Education

GradCon Panel Discussion:
“Celebrating the Flow of Ideas: Confluence and the Story of Graduate Education”

Special Guests:
Ashby Kinch, English Department / Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Charles Bolte, M.A. (2020) in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
Jordan Unger, MA student, Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism

Call for Submissions

2022 Call for Submissions will open in November of 2021. Please check back.

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.

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