Skip to main content

Accessibility menu

Skip to main content Skip to footer

Call for proposals

Elevating Excellence

The deadline for submission of proposals is December 15, 2023.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 15, 2024.

Submit a proposal!

We invite the following proposals for the 2024 WAGS Annual Conference:

  1. Requests to be participants on a panel about students and mentoring students.
  2. Talk presentations related to the topics below:
    • Graduate Student Mental Health – support resources, financial concerns, community belonging
    • Mentoring Graduate Students – best practices, unique aspects of mentoring at the graduate level, graduate students as mentor
    • Career Preparation for Graduate Students – best practices, incorporating NACE standards, role of mentoring
    • Generative Artificial Intelligence – best practices, opportunities and challenges, faculty and student support
    • Internships – value of experiential learning, virtual internships, red flags
    • Program Milestones – beyond the traditional thesis / dissertation, role of comprehensive exams beyond ‘running the gauntlet’, innovations in graduate programming
    • Innovations in Graduate Education – micro credentials, accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs, professional training, e-portfolios
    • Role of Social Media – LinkedIn, online profiles, benefits and pitfalls
    • Serving underrepresented students in a changing DEI world – DEI in the western region, coping with shifting values, alternative models of support

Proposal Requirements

All proposals for breakout sessions and panel praticipation must be submitted online using the Call for Proposals Submission Form.

  • The deadline for submission of proposals is December 15, 2023.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 15, 2024.

When completing the online proposal form, please provide the following information:

  • Presenter(s) information: name, title, university or sponsor affiliation, phone number and email
  • For talk presentations:
    • Title of session
    • Abstract of 250 words maximum and 2–4 keywords that describe the content of the presentation
  • For panel participation:
    • General topics that you would like to have covered as part of the panel discussion
    • Your background information
    • How you can contribute to the theme of the panel discussion and the suggested general topics

Formats and Timing

  • Talk presentations:
    • Concurrent sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes.
    • Please plan for 15 minutes of presenting and 30 minutes of Q&A. (Presenters are encourage to have some discussion questions ready.)
  • Participant on panel about students and mentoring students:
    • Specific details of the panel will depend on the number of panel participants and will be communicated with the panel as information is available.