Abstracts

CALL for ABSTRACTS

 for the

2022 Graduate Student Research Conference

“Better Together”

October 14-15, 2022

Abstract submission is now closed.

 

The Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at Athabasca University (AU) invite graduate students and 2021-2022 alumni to submit abstracts and posters for the 2022 Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), which will take place virtually on October 14 and 15.

The GSRC is a multi-disciplinary academic research forum that brings together masters and doctoral students and alumni, staff, and faculty from all disciplines at AU. In addition to facilitating research links between graduate students and alumni, the GSRC offers the opportunity to showcase student research, 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.

This year’s conference theme, “Better Together”, invites us to join our efforts and our creative minds, in this challenging COVID-19 environment that has tested our resilience, to create and mobilize knowledge that not only enhances the student experience in our programs, but also contributes to improving lives and well-being in our communities. This theme also calls for the integration of the principles of inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and indigenization in the development and execution of research programs and in the dissemination of their findings in all key research areas at AU. They include, among others, open and distance education and learning technologies innovation, Canadian studies, globalization and cultural studies, Indigenous education, space and environmental sciences, project management, and nursing and health management.

True to tradition, submissions from all disciplines are encouraged and accepted, whether the research is completed or in progress. New graduate students who have not started their own research are also encouraged to attend to gain experience.

 

We are pleased to accept the following abstract formats:

Virtual paper presentations: 15-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute question period. 

Virtual poster presentations: 5-minute presentation – Each poster will be available for viewing in the Padlet where comments can be provided.

Formats for your Abstract Submission

Please follow the usual conventions of your disciplineFor 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. Select one of the formats depending upon the type of project you are describing in your abstract

  • Literature Review or Term Paper abstracts must address the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Purpose
    4. Type of Literature Review
    5. Results
    6. Implications 
  • Primary Research abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Research Questions
    4. Methodology
    5. Results/Findings
    6. Implications

                  Please indicate if the research is in progress.

  • Video/media project abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Target audience
    4. Length of presentation
    5. Additional Audio/visual requirements (if any)

                  Please indicate if the project is in progress. 

  • Program and project initiative abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Purpose
    4. Method of implementation
    5. Results
    6. Implications

                  Please indicate if the project is in progress.

  • 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 2022 conference. If you do not register your abstract will not be included in the schedule.

Cash prizes (sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies) will be awarded to the top three abstracts submitted.

1st Place: $250

2nd Place: $150

3rd Place: $100