IAC Grad Student Conference and Paper Competition

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In association with the Career Research and Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC)
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Government Association


Who can submit? Graduate students enrolled in Ivan Allen College Liberal Arts graduate courses are eligible to submit abstracts to present papers at the fifth annual IAC graduate student conference, scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019, 10am-5pm, in Room 102 of the Stephen C. Hall Building (215 Bobby Dodd), and/or present posters at the Career Research and Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC) poster sessions in February 2019, in the Student Center.

Who can attend the conferences? All faculty, staff, and students at Georgia Tech and guests are welcome to attend the IAC Graduate Student Paper Conference on January 25, 2019, and the CRIDC poster session in February 2019.

Where do I submit an abstract for the CRIDC poster presentation in February? By January 7, 2019, submit a 250-word poster abstract for 2019 CRIDC conference: . Abstract submission guidelines can be found here:

When are abstracts for IAC paper presentations due? Deadline: December 5, 2018
Graduate students can submit 200-250 word abstracts of presentations for the IAC Graduate Student conference on Friday, January 25, 2019, to this website:

When are full (15-page) papers competing for IAC essay prizes due? Deadline: January 1, 2019

Between December 5, 2018, and January 1, 2019, graduate students enrolled in Ivan Allen College programs who have submitted abstracts can submit complete papers as pdf or Word attachments to Reilly Alu at The maximum number of pages for each paper (including argument, notes, figures, and bibliography) is 15 pages. Papers submitted by January 1, 2019, will be judged by Ivan Allen College faculty.

What is the format for the January 25th IAC Graduate Student Conference?
Presentations (based on abstracts submitted before December 5th), will be scheduled by the Ivan Allen College Graduate Student Advisory Board as papers on panels OR as roundtable presentations during the January 25, 2018, conference. Graduate students can volunteer as session chairs and/or respondents to Presenters who have professional obligations that prevent their attendance may record their papers to show at the conference.

When is the CRIDC Awards Ceremony? Authors of the top three papers submitted by January 1, 2019, will each receive up to $1500 in travel funds awarded by Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, at the CRIDC awards ceremony on February 14, 2019. Three honorable mention awards of $100 will also be presented.


  • Thursday, December 5, 2018: Abstracts (250 words) submitted to
  • Monday, January 7, 2019: Abstracts (250 words) for SGA poster presentation due by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Monday, January 1, 2019: 10-15 page conference papers due to Reilly Alu at
  • Friday, January 25, 2019: Panels and roundtable speakers present papers at IAC Graduate Student Conference, Hall 102
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019: CRIDC Poster Sessions & Breakout Sessions, Global Learning Center
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2019: CRIDC Awards Ceremony, Global Learning Center, from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Questions? Carol Colatrella: OR Reilly Alu:


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