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The Graduate Academic Conference relies on funding from Offices and Colleges across Michigan State University's campus. The GAC Committee and the Council of Graduate Students strive for accountability and transparency. There are four funding categories; based on the contribution received, the sponsors are identified as Platinum, Diamond, Gold, or Silver sponsors. We sincerely acknowledge and thank each individual College/Department/Office&rsquo for their support in this endeavor. The conference would not be possible without their generous support.

Platinum              $3000 - $4000
Diamond              $2000 - $2999
Gold                    $1000 - $1999
Silver                  $100 - $999


Graduate students use every opportunity to write research papers about their work. This event is a great opportunity for graduate students to practice presenting their research, so we are happy to sponsor it.

Office of the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies (Platinum) 

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to be a sponsor for the second annual Graduate Academic Conference. We congratulate the Council of Graduate Students for developing and producing this forum.

Strong research programs require strong commitments to graduate student education; some of the finest interactions on campus occur between graduate students and faculty, with each challenging the other to probe deeply and creatively. Graduate and professional students are the drivers for research in a university and crucial to future global productivity and the education of upcoming generations of students.

We appreciate this opportunity to support the scholarly activities of MSU’s graduate and professional students and to express our appreciation for the contribution they make to MSU’s research agenda.
J. Ian Gray, Ph.D., Vice President

The Graduate School (Diamond)

The Graduate School encourages graduate students to participate in as many activities as possible that contribute to their professional development.  Research and creative/scholarly presentations and posters are an excellent mechanism to practice communicating your intellectual work to others in the same discipline, as well as more generally to others not in your same field.  The Graduate Academic Conference is a convenient opportunity to share your academic activities with MSU students and faculty.
Karen Klomparens, Ph.D., Dean & Tony Nunez, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Office of the Provost (Diamond)

The Office of the Provost is pleased to support the Graduate Academic Conference and to promote the collegial exchange of academic work among MSU graduate and professional students.
Kim Wilcox, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations (Diamond)

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services (Diamond)

Congratulations to the Council of Graduate Students for sponsoring this most important conference. A special thanks to the presenters. I encourage all students to attend and I am confident that the information that will be shared will be extremely beneficial.
Lee N. June, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Student Affairs and Services and Associate Provost

College of Osteopathic Medicine (Gold)

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) is a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Graduate Academic Conference hosted by the Council of Graduate Students (COGS).  As home to MSU’s dual degree DO/PhD program, MSUCOM recognizes and applauds the importance of academic research in our education, outreach, and clinical research efforts.  MSUCOM extends congratulations and best wishes to COGS for a successful conference, one which we will look forward to participating in on an annual basis.
William D. Strampel, Ph.D., Dean

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (Silver)

Our office, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, enthusiastically supports COGS’ Graduate Academic Conference.  Providing a way for graduate and professional students from different disciplines to share ideas, academic work and research, furthers the diversity in the learning environment at MSU.  To benefit fully from our campus’ diversity, we must embrace opportunities like this one to learn from each other.
Paulette Granberry-Russell, J.D., Director

College of Communication Arts and Sciences (Silver)

Graduate students benefit from every opportunity to make presentations about their work.  This conference represents a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to practice a research presentation while simultaneously networking with students and faculty from throughout MSU.
Stephen Lacy, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

College of Law (Silver)

College of Natural Sciences (Silver)

CNS encourages its graduate students to participate in the COGS Graduate Annual Conference, not only as a forum in which they can develop their communication skills, but as an opportunity for networking within the diverse MSU research community.
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Dean

College of Social Sciences (Silver)

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University (MSU) is proud to sponsor the second annual MSU Graduate Academic Conference (GAC).
Participation in the GAC offers rich opportunities to share ongoing research initiatives in formats that promote professional development and collegiality and prepare outstanding graduate students for an emerging career in academia. It also provides a forum to develop dynamic intellectual partnerships that evolve when scholars from different areas come together to discuss new sets of problems.
The College of Social Science looks forward to the contributions of its graduate scholars to the GAC.
Congratulations on a successful and vibrant conference!
Marietta Baba, Ph.D., Dean and Robert Caldwell, Ph.D., Associate Dean







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