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Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Research Conference

Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Conference


The 2016 Graduate Conference will be held on

November 2 & 3!


Download a copy of the 2016 Schedule

Important Dates

Deadline for Proposals:
September 23, 2016
Presenter Registration Deadline:
September 30, 2016
Conference Dates:
November 2 & 3, 2016


The Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Conference is a multidisciplinary conference that affords Graduate students from across the U.S. an opportunity to present their research among their peers in an open and relaxed atmosphere. 

The goal of the Graduate Conference is to encourage the free flow of ideas and knowledge across a broad spectrum of subjects in order to initiate new thought processes and methods for dealing with the issues facing the world today. 

The Graduate Conference is hosted on the Main Campus of Columbus State University at the Cunningham Conference Center in Columbus, GA.


Conference Events

The Graduate Conference involves events spread over two days. Join us the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd at the Cunningham Center for our official Conference Reception and Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.  Get to know and network with the other conference attendees and our Conference Sponsors in a relaxed and engaging setting!  All Presenters, Sponsors, and Participants are invited to attend the reception.  The 3MT® competition is open to all conference attendees and the public.  The conference presentations and plenary session(s) will be on Thursday, November 3rd. Presenters are encouraged to attend panels and sessions through out the day in order to get the full benefit of the conference.

Check out our Conference Details page for information on the Conference presentation formats, responsibilities of the presenters, and hotel and travel details.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

The Graduate Conference is excited to host it's first Three Minute Thesis Competition!  
Established by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, 3MT® is now held in at least 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide. The exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging them to present their thesis or dissertation research to a general audience in just three minutes.  According to the Dean of UQ's Graduate School, Professor Alastair McEwan, the 3MT® was designed to develop skills that will give students an important career advantage once they complete their studies.

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"It is a reality that many PhD students will need to communicate their ideas and results to people who may not necessarily have expertise in their field.  3MT® develops the ability of students to communicate the significance and outcomes of their project in a short space of time."  - Professor McEwan

For more details visit our 3MT® page.



While it is not required that students participate in both the 3MT® competition and the Graduate Conference, those working on thesis or dissertation research are strongly encouraged to do so.  


Call for Proposals

Under the broad theme of “ Many Ways of Knowing " a Call for Proposals  is issued for the 2016 Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Conference at Columbus State University. The rise of globalization, changing environmental factors, and rapid dissemination of information and increased interconnectivity has drastically changed the dynamic of everyday existence.  What challenges will we face in this new world as a result of the ever-growing rise and distribution of technology, increased spread of culture and ideas, and strains on existing infrastructure and resources?  

Proposals need not address the selected theme.  Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit their original work for discussion and review.  The Conference Chair will arrange oral presentations into panels based on topic, theme, and/or discipline with a focus on encouraging debate, discussion, and potential collaboration.  Poster presentations will occur together in an open session to foster discussion and potential collaboration. 

To submit a presentation proposal for the conference, click on the Submit Proposal for Conference  link here or on the navigation bar. Arts projects should be submitted as a poster and clarify type and special presentation needs in the comments section.  Theoretical and practical work submitted for consideration may include, but is not limited to, research papers, poster presentations, thesis and dissertation work, case study evaluations, panel presentations of a research topic, and business plans/models.  

The deadline for submission is September 23rd; acceptances will be offered on a rolling basis with organized panels no later than October 7, 2016.


Conference Registrationlunch photo

The registration cost to participate in the conference is $45.  All students whose proposals are accepted are required to register for the conference no later than September 30th.  Students, faculty and guests who attend the conference as audience members at the oral/poster presentations can do so at no cost, and with out registering.  Any persons interested in attending the whole conference, or in participating in the plenary or keynote sessions and lunch, should register to attend and pay the registration fee.

To register to attend the conference, click on the Register to Attend  link here or on the navigation bar.


Conference Awards

There are two conference awards presented after the conference is over to winners in the following categories:

Best Oral Presentation - Based on the oral presentation made by students participating in panel presentations.  All students presenting are automatically evaluated for this award.  Presentations will be judged at the conference and do not need to be submitted ahead of time.

Best Poster Presentation - Based on the poster presentation made by students participating in the open poster presentation session.  All students presenting are automatically evaluated for this award.  Posters will be judged at the conference and do not need to be submitted ahead of time.  

The student who wins in each award category will win a monetary award of $250 and an award letter.  There will be one monetary award given per winning presentation issued to the graduate student listed as the primary author in the conference proposal submission. An award letter will be issued to all authors/presenters of the winning presentation who attend the conference. If you do not want to be considered in the judging for the presentation awards, please let Ms. Dees know by Friday, October 14 at 5 pm.  Students who opt out of the judging for a category are not eligible to win the monetary award for that category.  


If you have additional questions regarding the 2016 Dr. Gregory P. Domin Graduate Conference, please contact Amber Dees at or 706-507-8634.


Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsors

Diverse Power

Regions Bank


Catering Sponsor
Waffle House


Contributing Sponsors


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