The Value of WAGS Membership

WAGS is a very active regional organization, and as such we have much to offer our members.

The 64th Annual Conference will be held in a virtual setting. We will feature distinguished keynote speakers, breakout sessions presented by your peers, and many other engaging presentations and cultural exhibits. We are excited to also provide virtual networking opportunities for WAGS members to connect and to explore session content further. Our sponsors will also be present virtually to connect with attendees. 

WAGS will offer the annual Regional Three Minute Thesis competition on the last day of the conference.

Beyond our annual conference, WAGS organizes a networking event at each CGS meeting and monthly virtual events to build community among our members. We also offer competitive annual awards for outstanding theses in STEM and non-STEM fields, and outstanding thesis/dissertation in technology and innovation.

Member Benefits:

  • The opportunity to form a strong professional network of leaders in graduate education
  • Monthly virtual events hosted by the WAGS President: 
    • WAGS Dean's Discussion featuring thematic discussion surrounding current issues in Graduate education
    • WAGS Virtual Social Hour - A chance to connect with graduate deans and staff in an informal setting to discuss a variety of topics relevant to current issues and a chance to network with peers
  • Smaller, more intimate meetings that allow for strong collegial friendships
    • Exchange of best practices and strategies to address regional, national, and international trends and issues
    • Networking at CGS meetings
    • Member pricing for our annual conference
    • Access to graduate student award competitions:
      • Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition
      • Annual Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards (STEM and non-STEM)
      • Annual Innovation in Technology Award
      • Annual Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts Award

2022 Fees:

  • $300, annual membership fee per College or University
  • Member institutions’ graduate leadership and staff enjoy all member benefits.
  • To update names, titles, or emails for your institutional members, please email to
  • Membership renewals and new member fees cover January - December (one calendar year) and can be paid online with a credit card.

WAGS is contracted with University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning to provide conference services. Communication regarding WAGS membership and the annual conference will come directly from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning.