Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the 6th Graduate Student Research Conference?


Each year over 120 graduate students present their research virtually and in person. 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 “Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities”.  Students are encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zone, beyond their discipline to share and discuss research that is innovative and will lead to new ways of solving society’s needs.


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.


The conference addresses the themes of Imagine: 

  • Moving Beyond Open – Bridging Open and Inclusion
    • Supporting multiple means of representation, engagement and expression in our teaching and research endeavours
    • Allowing AU students from around the world to participate in the conference virtually or in-person
  • Moving Beyond Place – Transforming Communities through Belonging and Relationships
    • Building and fostering belonging and relationships regardless of location
    • promote excellence in graduate education
  • Moving Beyond the Norm – Adopting Innovative Ideas, Taking Calculated Risks
    • Celebrating our(student’s) accomplishments as bold decision-makers and leaders in the global post-secondary environment
    • foster a stimulating and challenging environment for faculty and students that promotes innovation.
  • Moving Beyond the Now – Making Change through Agility and Adaptability
    • Our learning and work environments will come alive and exceed the expectations of learners and our staff.
    • advance AU’s role as a global leader in accessible graduate education

Benefits for the community

  • To enhance student academic and professional skills enabling transfer of these skills to their employment and communities
  • To provide an opportunity to expand AU innovation using both virtual and in-person strategies to disseminate and share research.
  • To contribute to the Canadian and Albertan economy through knowledge translation and dissemination.
  • Strengthen cross-disciplinary opportunities between students and staff to network and promote excellence in research and other scholarly work.

The success of past conferences is evidenced by:

  • 97% of the conference participants recommended this conference to others
  • Comments from past student participants reveal the success:

Attending the conference was a wonderful opportunity to discuss and converse with people in a way that doesn’t happen regularly. I learned a lot,and presenting gave me a sense of confidence and accomplishment that made me feel like what I had to share that day was important.”

“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.”

“The conference gave me the opportunity to present my research to a larger audience and to contact AU staff who are interested in using the research results”



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



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!


$2,500 – $3,900
$1,000 – $2,400
$500 – $900
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
Administrative Professional Officer, Faculty of Graduate Studies


Ross Tyson 
Executive Director, Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association