Graduate Research Conference
Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Third floor Student Center
The Graduate Research Conference (GRC) invites graduate students of all disciplines, colleges and degree designations (masters and doctoral) to apply to participate in the GRC, a celebration of graduate student research and creative activity in a professional conference format.
Past 2019 Schedules
Download the 2019 GRC Program [PDF].
- Be enrolled in an EMU graduate program or have graduated in 2018.
- Engage a faculty advisor/mentor in your conference application (application below).
- Be available to present at the GRC on Friday, March 20, 2020 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Fill out the online proposal application in its entirety.
- Sample Abstracts [PDF]
Please be aware that the information provided in the application will be considered a final draft and used in event programming. Additionally, you should work with your faculty sponsor prior to application submission, as application approval by your faculty sponsor is required for participation.
- Applications must submit their applications electronically.
GRC Dates and Deadlines
- Proposal due date: TBD
- Fill out the student proposal application.
- Proposal Response Notification date: TBD
- Fill out the GRC presentation upload form.
Arts Front: A Unique Opportunity and Format
For 18 years, EMU has provided oral presentation and poster session platforms to support graduate research and creative activity. To both encourage and increase graduate student participation in the arts and arts-based disciplines, EMU offers the Arts Front, which allows for an emphasis on more experiential forms of research and creative activity (a poem, a sculpture, a personal narrative performance, etc.).
Support for graduate student research and the GRC
The Graduate School can help identify resources for you to aid with the following topics:
- Academically Speaking—oral presentations
- Prezi workshops
- Poster Design
- Research Consultation with James Pellerin
- IRBNet training to support research with human subjects
Presentations must be either a PowerPoint or Prezi Presentation. Mac Keynote presentations will not be supported during the GRC. View an instructional [PDF] on how to use Keynote's built-in exporting system to convert your presentation prior to the GRC deadlines.
A poster template was developed for this year's GRC to adapt and use for poster presentations. If you are presenting a poster, please follow the guidelines and template below. Your poster must be no larger than 40" x 60" and can be printed in G01 Halle at the Poster Printing Center.
- Poster Templates [PDF] (available as a PowerPoint)
- How To: GRC Poster Printing
- GRC 2018 Logo for Posters [PNG]
The Graduate School has developed a composite of best practices in poster design [JPG].
2019 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Heidi Rice
2019 Keynote Speaker
The 2019 GRC Keynote Speaker is Dr. Heidi Rice. Dr. Rice will present the keynote at the GRC's annual luncheon.
Dr. Heidi Rice graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Before becoming a veterinarian, she completed a Master's degree in Biology at Eastern Michigan University, where she studied the ecology of bat species on the islands of Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.