About the Conference

UM GradCon - A Graduate Student Research Conference

The UM Graduate Conference (GradCon) will be held in the University Center (3rd floor) on Friday, February 22, 2019. The UM GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments.  This year, GradCon will continue to be 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 promote GradCon, please CLICK HERE to download the PDF and print the poster to hang!


Graduate students may submit a single/group oral, poster or visual & performing arts presentation for the conference. Presentations may include a portion of a thesis or dissertation or a successful seminar.  Presentation of talks or posters previously presented elsewhere may also be presented.  Cash Awards will be presented to the “Best of GradCon” qualifiers.  In order to qualify for an award the author must “opt-in”, submit an abstract and a personal statement.  Judges will deliberate and if chosen to move to Round 2, the author will be required to create/upload a video of their final presentation.

To propose a GradCon presentation, students must submit an abstract or 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.  Submissions will open November 2, 2018. Please Click Here for more information on the submission process.  Deadline to submit will be Friday, January 18th at 5:00pm. 

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For more information on GradCon, please contact Conference Coordinator, Michelle Eckert at 406-243-6842 or michelle.eckert@umontana.edu