The Value of WAGS Membership

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

Our 62nd annual conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 8–1, 2020 at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. We will be featuring several exciting speakers to address various aspects of our conference theme, and we will have tours, activities, table talks, roundtables, numerous panel sessions, and a poster session, too. In addition, our conference includes relevant vendors and organizations who provide goods and services to support the graduate education enterprise, so it will be a great opportunity to meet them and see what they have to offer. WAGS does an annual Regional 3-Minute Grad Slam competition on the last day of the annual conference.

Beyond our annual conference, WAGS organizes a dinner at each CGS meeting 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. Soon, we’ll be offering a “Members Only” section of our WAGS website to provide data, resources, and networking opportunities for our members.

Member Benefits:

  • The opportunity to form a strong professional network of leaders in graduate education
  • Member-only resources on our website
  • 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 the following award competitions for graduate students:
      • Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition
      • Annual Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
      • Annual Innovation in Technology Award


  • $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 Extended Learning to provide conference services. Communication regarding WAGS membership and the annual meeting will come directly from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Extended Learning.