Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference?

 

Every year, Athabasca University graduate students present their research virtually and in person to the academic community. They share their ideas and receive critical reviews of their work in a supportive and yet scholarly environment of colleagues and faculty members.
This year’s theme is “One AU”. As stated in the Athabasca University strategic plan, Imagine, “We are one university. We achieve more together.” We embrace collaboration and connectivity among our diverse individual community members. We are a vibrant and inclusive community that welcomes and celebrates the success of our learners. We provide accessibility to education for everyone to achieve their individual learning goals and to reach their highest potential. Our learners are part of our community, and in turn can enrich their communities.

 

The conference objectives are to: 

  • support diversity, equity, fairness, and ethical conduct in graduate education
  • create a graduate education that combines scholarship, research, and creative work

 

The conference addresses three of the AU pillars:  

  • Excellence: the conference provides an opportunity for the students to discuss their research and be exposed to topics that will facilitate their research and academic performance.
  • Flexibility: the conference will be held virtually using Adobe Connect.
  • Innovation: the conference will illustrate new, learner-centered learning models and technology-based alternatives to traditional, classroom-based instructional channels and contexts. Technology will be applied to make learning accessible.

 

To highlight the theme of “One AU” we will include the following topics through our keynote speakers, panel discussions, and student presentations:

  1. Transdisciplinary research
  2. Diversity
  3. Inclusion
  4. Accessibility
  5. Connections and collaborations
  6. Technology to support coordinated communities
  7. Strengthening communities

The success of past conferences is evidenced by:

  • 90% of the conference participants recommended this conference to others
  • Comments from past student participants reveal the success:

As well as being a great venue for networking, it is an opportunity for students new to graduate studies to interact with students farther along their academic journey.”

“What a valuable event for future researchers”

This conference has been a powerful experience.  It has removed fear of getting more assertive and passionate about my focuses and trusting myself to be worthy enough to have a role in the research and presentation of these themes.” 

“I would recommend it to all AU grad students. It is really an amazing experience” 

“I appreciate every opportunity to physically be present in academia. As a long time AU student, I cannot explain the impact of face to face networking and collegiality on my overall love for the school, it really is an amazing experience.”

 

 

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

 A+ (4.5GPA) – $4000 and over
“A+” Sponsor level benefits include:

  • Meet with AU researchers opportunity
  • Opportunity to introduce a speaker
  • Complimentary conference registration fees for two
  • “A+” level sponsor recognition included on all conference promotional materials including website and university social media channels

 

A (4.0 GPA) – $2500-$3900
“A” Sponsor level benefits includes

  • Complimentary conference registration fee for one
  • Sponsorship of a presenting graduate student
  • Opportunity to introduce a speaker
  • Meet with AU researchers’ opportunity
  • “A” level sponsor recognition included on all conference promotional materials including website and university social media channels

 

 B+ (3.5 GPA) – $1,000 – $2400
 “B+” Sponsor level benefits include:

  • Lunch sponsor recognition
  • Researcher meeting opportunity
  • “B+” level sponsor recognition included on all conference promotional materials including website and university social media channels

 

 B (3.0 GPA) Sponsor – $500 – $900
 “B” Sponsor level benefits include:

  • Coffee break sponsor recognition
  • “B” sponsor recognition included on all conference promotional materials including website and university social media channels

 

Gifts-in-kind

Items that will be accepted include:

 

  • Company promotional item
  • Conference bags
  • Monetary award to be used toward tuition
  • Items for draws or contents for conference bags

 

Your support will help to ensure that this important conference remains a valuable learning experience for graduate students!

BENEFITS SUMMARY FOR GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP

A+
$4000
A
$2,500 – $3,900
B+
$1,000 – $2,400
B
$500 – $900
in-kind
Social media visibility X X X X X
Logo recognition on conference promotional material, includes, program, signage (shared) at entrance of conference X X X X
Logo on conference website X X X X
Three verbal mentions during conference X X X X X
Meet with AU researchers X X X
Reception Sponsor X
Two guest invites to the conference X
Speaker introduction opportunity X X
Sponsorship recognition of a presenting graduate student X
One guest invitation to the conference X
Lunch sponsor recognition X X
Provide company information or gift to all attendees X
Coffee Break sponsor recognition X
Name recognition on conference website X
Total 9 8 7 5 3

For additional information please contact: 

Vikki Bellerose
Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
vikkib@athabascau.ca

 

Ross Tyson 
Executive Director, Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association
ed@augsa.com