Highlights from the 2020 Graduate Student Research Conference: “Moving Beyond”
The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) and the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA) held another very successful Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) on Oct. 16-17, 2020.
For the first time, the GSRC was held virtually, allowing more individuals to attend and present than ever before. Some virtual guests joined in from as far away as Qatar.
This year’s conference provided the opportunity for 35 Athabasca University (AU) graduate students to present their impressive research, connect with the AU community, and engage in informative presentations to and discussions with more than 180 attendees.
AUGSA kicked off the conference on Friday evening with a ‘meet and greet’ and a virtual trivia night. About 40 conference participants battled head to head on various topics, with AUGSA providing prizes for the winners.
On Saturday, FGS Dean Dr. Shawn Fraser opened the conference, followed by greetings from AU President Dr. Neil Fassina and remarks from Advanced Education Minister the Honourable Demetrios Nicolaides.
Provost and Vice President Academic Dr. Matt Prineas provided thoughtful remarks after lunch about graduate education.
Anne-Marie Scott, Deputy Provost, was an excellent keynote speaker providing valuable insights on graduate education at AU. Many students said they found all of the talks extremely inspiring and informative.
AU is extremely proud of all the presentations. Our learners’ commitment their educational journey is always impressive. Many learners said the GSRC increased the value of their AU education. The conference also received many positive comments.
“The GSRC was, as usual, a great engaging environment to learn about current research happening at AU, and to share my own research with the AU community. I enjoyed the interaction and discussions that happened after the presentations with my colleagues all over the country. It has been valuable for me as an emerging scholar to gain experience with presenting in an academic setting but in an environment that was very supportive.”– 2020 GSRC Participant
“I was so thrilled to be able to present my M.C. thesis findings at the conference this year! …I was glad to see the breadth of research my fellow students were working on! Very impressive and important work that everyone is doing!”– 2020 GSRC Participant
A special thank you goes to the conference co-chairs Meaghan Sullivan (AUGSA) and Vikki Bellerose (FGS), Camille MacRae, Krystal Zahara, Mary-Anne Parker, Kelcey Carlisle and his IT team, and countless other volunteers and sponsors. This conference would not have been a success without your spirit and generosity.
Planning for the 2021 GSRC will begin in January and information will be available in the spring. We look forward to seeing you next year!