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The Grad Lounge provides an opportunity for graduate students of all disciplines to join in collaborative online sessions and get together every Friday at 1 pm MST to connect, share, and learn. Each Lounge will have a different theme. AUGSA and FGS we will be at each online interactive Lounge to facilitate.

  • October 2nd: The Lounge will be closed on October 2nd due to Convocation.
  • October 9th: “Did you know?” An information session on navigating the AU landscape
  • October 16th: Kickoff for the 2020 GSRC! Trivia, virtual wine and cheese, meet n’ greet, Q&A session (Hosted by AUGSA) *please note that the Lounge will be held at 6:00 p.m. (MT) on Oct 16th*
  • October 23rd: “Career-Planning”
  • October 30th: “Talk to your graduate advisor” An information session for students with grad program advisors from across AU.

Creating engaging online communities where we can connect is more important than ever, we hope you can join us!

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2020 Graduate Student Research Conference

Theme: “Moving Beyond”
When: Fri., Oct. 16 (evening) and full day on Sat., Oct. 17
Where: Fully virtual this year

The call for abstracts for the 2020 Graduate Student Research Conference is now closed.

This year Athabasca University is celebrating 50 years of innovation in education. Since 1970 AU has been dedicated to the removal of barriers in education to “transform lives and communities”. AU provides accessibility to education for everyone to achieve their individual learning goals and to reach their highest potential.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA), and the university community have come together again to present our annual Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC). In this incredibly unprecedented year the significance of “Moving Beyond” is even more poignant. Not only did it start out to be our 50th anniversary and a time to reflect on the possibilities for the future of education, it quickly became a time in which innovation to meaningfully educate and connect everyone in the world took on more urgency and relevance.

This year the conference will be fully virtual, with additional opportunities to interact and socialize online. To highlight the theme of “Moving Beyond” we will include a number of topics through our speakers and presenters to address innovation, disruption, and societal health. We will also celebrate 50 years of student success!

We look forward to the participation of all graduate students, faculty, and staff.

“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible” ~Arthur C. Clarke

Registration for the 2020 GSRC is FREE! Register to attend

Watch the conference website for updates -

For highlights from the 2019 Graduate Student conference

What is a virtual conference?

The 2020 virtual GSRC conference offers a comparable experience to the traditional conference platform. The virtual conference provides a valuable and no-cost option of showcasing your graduate research experience. All aspects of the conference will take place online. This includes all student presentations and speakers.

Are there any face-to-face components?

No - presenters and speakers will present virtually

How much is a ticket?

This is a “Free” event for students to showcase their research

What is the format of the presentations? How does this work virtually?

There are two types of presentation formats:

Virtual paper presentation: A 15 minute presentation, followed by a 5 minute question period. This presentation can include the use of ppt slides, images, animations, etc. which will be displayed to a virtual audience.

Virtual poster presentation: A short 5 minute presentation which will be displayed to a virtual audience with one static ppt slide or virtual poster.

What platform will the conference be held on?

Microsoft Teams (learn more about using Teams by clicking here)

When will the abstract submission open and close?

The call for abstracts will open in early June and close mid-August

What are the abstract submission guidelines?

Presenters will follow the usual conventions of their discipline. For example, some disciplines generally require abstracts to be organized with headings, whereas other disciplines do not. If you are uncertain of the norms within your discipline, ask one of your supervisors or inquire with the conference organizers prior to submitting your abstract. Presentation content can include a literature review, primary research, media initiative, program initiative etc. Each will also submit a short bio with their abstract.

Who can submit an abstract?

Any current AU graduate student or recently graduated AU graduate alumni are encouraged to submit an abstract. This year as part of the initiative to encourage continuing graduate education at AU, we will also accept two AU undergraduate student abstracts.

What is the Friday night component to the conference? Do I have to attend both days?

On Friday night we will host our weekly “Grad Lounge.” This will be a light and casual virtual event. Attendance is not mandatory on both days.

When is the early bird deadline?

Register to attend the conference before September 28th and your name will be entered in a draw to win AU swag!

What are the prizes?

AUGSA has graciously donated prize money for the top three abstract submissions. 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, and 3rd place $100.

Are there any funding awards available?

As travel is not required for the virtual conference, funding awards are not required.

FREE workshops and webinars offered by the University of Lethbridge

The School of Graduate Studies at the University of Lethbridge has partnered with Athabasca University to offer free online Professional Development workshops to all AU students! Check out the THRIVE Events Calendar for upcoming PD events for graduate students.

If you are interested in any of these workshops, please contact Dr. Helen Kelley, School of Graduate Studies at