About the Conference

UM GradCon - A Graduate Student Research Conference

The UM Graduate Conference (GradCon) will be held in the University Center Ballroom on Friday, April 20, 2018. The UM GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments.  This year, GradCon has been organized by the UM Graduate and Professional Student Association and graciously sponsored by the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship. The conference is free and open to the public. All members of the UM campus community are encouraged to attend and participate. If you would like to volunteer, please check out the Volunteer Opportunities and sign-up.


Call for Submissions

Graduate students may submit a maximum of one single oral or poster presentation for the conference. Presentations may include a portion of a thesis, dissertation, or a successful seminar. Presentation of talks or posters previously presented elsewhere may also be presented.  

Also, Visual & Perfoming Arts students are also invited to submit a visual entry (sculpture, painting, etc.) or performance (dancing, playing instrument, reading, etc.)  Please see Call for Submissions Page for more information.

To propose an entry, students must submit an abstract/artist statement (circa 500 words) of their research topic.  An essential component of the presentation will be the student’s ability to effectively communicate to a non-specialist audience.   Please see Call for Submissions Page for more Eligibility & Award Information.  

Questions about GradCon may be directed to the conference co-coordinator, Michelle Eckert.