Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to participate in the 4th Athabasca University Graduate Student 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 “Research Without Borders”.  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: 

  • advance AU’s role as a global leader in accessible graduate education
  • promote excellence in graduate education
  • support diversity, equity, fairness, and ethical conduct in graduate education
  • create a graduate education that combines scholarship, research, and creative work
  • foster a stimulating and challenging environment for faculty and students that promotes innovation.


The conference addresses three of the AU pillars:  

  • Excellence: the conference provides an opportunity for the students to discuss their research; network with other faculty and students from other disciplines; obtain feedback on their presentation and research; be exposed to topics that will facilitate their research and academic performance.


  • Flexibility: the conference will be held virtually and in-person.


  • 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.


Benefits for the community

  • To act as a stimulus for the development of research initiatives between students and faculty that will benefit organizations outside of the university.
  • 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:

“Great opportunity to learn about other disciplines, and

often to meet up with other grad students you may

work with but are isolated from. You can also find

people across disciplines interested in your research,

so the networking is very valuable”

It was informative, a good learning experience, and

even was fun.

“I did enjoy the sessions I attended and loved being able to participate in a

conference over 3000 km away while being in my home!”

“Since we are in distance education, it is a great chance to meet

 some students and faculty in person. It is also a

valuable experience for graduate students to gain

experience sharing their research.”

“It was a valuable learning experience and really helped me see the importance of following your heart and affirmed for me, yet again, my choice of the MA(IS) program. No offence to my nursing colleagues but there is more to life! If I ever figure out what I want to be when I grow up I will have AU to thank. PLUS the conference was a lot of fun!”

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits


 A+ (4.5GPA) – $4000 and over 

”A+” Sponsor level benefits include:

  • Sponsorship of opening night reception
  • Opportunity to deliver opening remarks
  • 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

  • Lunch sponsor recognition
  • 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:

  • Coffee break sponsor recognition
  • Researcher meeting opportunity
  • Each attendee will receive your corporate promotional gift
  • “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:

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



Contributions valued at $450.00

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!



A+ $4000 A $2,500-3900 B+ $1,000-2400 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
Speaking for up to 3 minutes with opening remarks X
Two guest invites to the conference X
Speaker introduction opportunity X X
Sponsorship recognition of a presenting graduate student X
One guest invite 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 10 9 7 4 3



For additional information please contact:


Teagan Gahler

President, Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association


Ross Tyson

Executive Director, Athabasca University Graduate Student’s Association



Dr. Pamela Hawranik
Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies


Ashley Orleski

Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Graduate Studies