2021 Graduate Student Research Conference

Theme: Then, Now and Expanding Possibilities
being held virtually, October 1 - 2, 2021

Call for Abstracts - Save the Date

The Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at Athabasca University invites graduate students and and recently graduated alumni to submit abstracts for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), which will take place virtually on October 1st and 2nd. The theme of this year's conference, "Then, Now, and Expand Possibilities," marks the 10th anniversary of this event, celebrates its past achievements, and opens new horizons for a bright future for graduate student research at Athabasca University.

The GSRC is a multi-disciplinary academic research forum that brings together graduate students and alumni of all faculties at Athabasca University, including the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Health Disciplines, the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Science & Technology. In addition to facilitating research links between graduate students and alumni, the GSRC offers the opportunity to showcase complete and ongoing research projects at different stages, and to develop and gain research presentation experience in a supportive peer environment. It is the ideal setting for thesis students to test themselves and prepare for their public thesis defense and high-profile national and international research conferences.

True to our tradition, once again this year, we encourage submissions from all disciplines, whether the research is completed or underway. We also strongly encourage new graduate students who have not started their own research to attend and gain experience.

We are pleased to accept the following abstract formats:

  • Virtual paper presentations: 15 min. presentation, followed by a 5-minute question period.
  • Virtual poster presentations: 5 min. presentation followed by a Q&A

Please note:

  • All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a committee and submitters will be notified.
  • You may be asked to revise your abstract. If so, you must complete the revisions before the abstract will be accepted.
  • Presenters must register for the 2021 conference. If you do not register your abstract will not be included in the schedule.
  • The deadline to submit abstracts is July 27, 2021

We will also be accepting undergraduate abstract submissions with the top two being invited to present at the conference. CASH prizes will be awarded to the top three graduate abstract submissions and the top two undergraduate abstract submissions.

Submit an abstract!