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.”


Click here to view descriptions of sponsorship levels available