Graduate Research Conference

Graduate Research Conference Logo
Graduate Research Conference Logo


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].

GRC Eligibility

  • 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

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:

For information on how to access resources or to be connected to a faculty/staff member that can assist you, please email or call 734.487.0042.

Presentation Format

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.

Poster Format

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.

The Graduate School has developed a composite of best practices in poster design [JPG].

Questions regarding the Graduate Research Conference can be directed to or 734.487.0042.

Dr. Heidi Rice
2019 GRC Keynote Speaker Dr. Heidi Rice
Dr. Heidi Rice

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.

Learn more about Dr. Rice.

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