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2024 conference schedule

The 2024 conference will be held 1 to 5 p.m. April 16 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Paper presentations

  • 1 to 2 p.m. 
    • Session A – Multimedia Room
    • Session B – Tiered Classroom
    • Session C – Caddo Meeting Room
    • Session D – Lady Jack Meeting Room
    • Session E – Pine Log Meeting Room
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    • Session F – Multimedia Room
    • Session G – Tiered Classroom
    • Session H – Caddo Meeting Room
    • Session I – Lady Jack Meeting Room

Poster session

  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. – Twilight Ballroom

Flash talk and presentation of Mentor Award 

  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Student Center Theater

About the conference

The Graduate Research Conference is a skill building opportunity for SFA graduate students in presenting data, public speaking, and communicating with others about theory and innovative research strategies.

The conference includes:

10- to 15-minute paper presentations

Paper presenters can expect to develop their ideas from a class assignment, paper or research project into an interactive presentation. If desired, presenters may incorporate slides with graphs, pictures, text, etc., using tools like PowerPoint. Each presentation should last 10 to 15 minutes. There will be a question-and-answer period at the end of the paper presentation session.

Poster presentations

Poster presenters will be asked to display their ideas from a class assignment, paper or research project in poster form and will stand next to their posters to explain their project to passersby. The poster session will last an hour and thirty minutes.

See Poster Instructions for preparation and submission details.

Conference participants

Deadline to submit abstracts: February 24, 2024

Participants should dress in business casual attire (no jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops).

Students presenting posters should refer to Poster Instructions for information about poster preparation and submission.


Dean's Research Awards will be presented for top papers and top posters.

Apply to GRC

Graduate students are encouraged to submit any work that represents academic/scholarly activity that is appropriate for the graduate program from which they are submitting. Work does not have to be research-based or empirically based.

  • Submissions will be open to papers or projects completed up to a year prior.
  • Submissions can include completed works or projects currently underway with preliminary findings (e.g. a proposal for a community outreach program or pilot study data). Submissions can also include a selected portion of a thesis project, enabling the student to refine a chapter and/or prepare for thesis defense.

Student entries should be submitted using the online submission form.

Any questions can be addressed to the Graduate Research Conference Committee via email.


Graduate Admissions


Physical Address

404 Aikman Drive
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 419
Nacogdoches, Texas

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 13024, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962