2020 Ivan Allen College Graduate Essay Competition & Virtual Paper Conference

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


Who can submit? Graduate students enrolled in Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts graduate courses are eligible to submit abstracts to present papers at the eighth annual IAC graduate student conference, to be held virtually on Thursday, January 21, and Friday, January 22, 2021, and/or present posters at the Career Research and Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC) poster sessions, panels, and awards ceremony, to be held virtually on January 28-29, 2021.  

Who can attend the conferences? All faculty, staff, and students at Georgia Tech and guests are welcome to attend the virtual IAC Graduate Student Paper Conference on January 21 and 22, 2021, and the virtual CRIDC sessions on January 28-29, 2021. 

Where do I submit an abstract for the CRIDC poster presentation 

Submit a 250-word poster abstract for 2021 CRIDC conference by DATE TBA. See CRIDC website TBA 

When are abstracts for IAC paper presentations due? Deadline: December 7, 2020  

Graduate students can submit 200-250-word abstracts of presentations for the virtual IAC Graduate Student conference on January 21 and 22 to Kera Allen ( Email name, email address, title of presentation, and 200-250-word description; use subject heading “2021 IAC Grad Conference Abstract.” 

When are full (15-page) papers competing for IAC essay prizes due? Deadline: January 1, 2021 

Between December 3, 2019, and January 1, 2020, graduate students enrolled in Ivan Allen College programs who have submitted abstracts can submit complete papers as pdf or Word attachments. The maximum number of pages for each paper (including argument, notes, figures, and bibliography) is 15 pages. Papers submitted by January 1, 2021, will be judged by Ivan Allen College faculty. Submit papers to Kera Allen ( Use subject heading “2021 IAC Graduate Essay Competition.” 

What is the format for the virtual IAC Graduate Student Conference? 

Presentations (based on abstracts submitted by December 7th), will be scheduled by the Ivan Allen College Graduate Student Advisory Board as papers on panels OR as roundtable presentations during the virtual conference. Graduate students can volunteer as session chairs and/or respondents to Presenters may record their papers in advance or present them in a live stream. 

When is the CRIDC Awards Ceremony? Authors of the top three papers submitted by January 1, 2021, will each receive up to $1500 in travel funds awarded by Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, at the January CRIDC awards ceremony. Honorable mention awards will also be presented. 


  • DATE TBA: Abstracts (250 words) for SGA poster presentation 
  • Monday, December 7, 2020: conference abstracts (250 words) due to Kera Allen (
  • Monday, January 1, 2021: 10-15-page essays from IAC students due to Kera Allen (
  • Thursday, January 21 & Friday, January 22, 2021: Panelists & roundtable speakers present papers at virtual IAC Graduate Student Conference. 
  • Thursday, January 28 & Friday, January 29, 2021: CRIDC Poster Sessions, Breakout Sessions, and Awards Ceremony.

Questions?  Carol Colatrella:   


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