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    61st Annual Meeting

    Final Program



    Meeting Dates and Location
    December 1-4, 2021
    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans, LA



    The CGS Annual Meeting was held December 1-4, 2021 in New Orleans. The 300+ attendees enjoyed a safe, productive, engaging, and thought provoking event. Annual meeting participants explored a variety of important issues in graduate education with topics ranging from mentoring to articulating the value of formal degrees to reinventing graduate STEM education.


    Selected PowerPoint presentations from the 2021 CGS 61st Annual Meeting are below. Presentations are in chronological order by each category. Presentations are offered as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.



    Pre-Meeting Workshop Presentations


    Mentoring To Support Diverse Students and Careers
    William Karpus, Ambika Mathur, and Paula McClain


    Improving Marketing and Recruitment Strategies For Master’s Programs
    Brian Carolan, Andrea Golato, and Ranjit Koodali


    Data and Evidence Inspired Approaches Toward Graduate Student Well-being
    Karen Butler-Purry, Elizabeth Klonoff, and Robin Yates


    ProQuest Breakfast


    Big Questions, Big Data and ProQuest Dissertations And Theses
    Jason Owen-Smith and Gilia Smith


    IELTS USA Breakfast


    The Challenges of International Teaching Assistants and How to Support Their Transition into the Classroom
    Kayla Landers, Marianne Menius, and Misty Wilson


    Concurrent Sessions Presentations


    More Than The Sum of Their Parts?: Articulating The Value of Formal Degrees
    Bonnie Ferri, Clay Gloster, and Douglas Woods


    Creating a Graduate Enrollment Ecosystem: Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining Your Best-Fit Applicants - Sponsored by Liaison International
    Jillian Baer, David Daleke, and Algerian Hart


    Mentoring Master's Students
    Reginald Ellis, Jennifer Roberts, and Jerry Weinberg


    Integrating Networking Skills Into Humanities Phd Programs
    Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Robin Garrell, and Thomas Jeitschko


    Bridging The Gap: Deferrals, Leaves, and Skipped Cohorts
    Scott Adler, Susan Ettner, and Mary Jo Finney


    STEAM and The Future of Interdisciplinary Research: Engine of Innovation or a Bunch of Hot Air?
    James Antony,  Natasha Croom, and Elizabeth Wentz


    An Outcome-Based Proposal for the Future of the Phd: We’re All In This Together

    NAGS organized session

    Gina Beltrán and Bradley Nelson


    Building A New Future for Virtual Academic Support and Professional Development for Graduate Students: Investigating A Consortium Model
    E. Alana James, Scott Lanyon, Sarah Larsen, and Joseph Oppong


    Reinventing Graduate STEM Education
    Karen S. Coats, Peter J. Harries, Nirmala Kannankutty, and Kim LaScola Needy


    Seeing the Future We Used to See Here: Compassion and Commitment to International Students
    Angela Pool-Funai, M.J.T. Smith, and Melissa Sturge-Apple


    Understanding Challenges and Impacts of Caregiving: Supporting Students at a Time of Transition
    Susan Carvalho, Preselfannie McDaniels, and Michael Solomon


    Are My Professional Graduate Programs Financially Sustainable? A DIY Guide for Deans MAGS organized session
    Ricky Hull and Jennifer Ziegler


    Understanding The Graduate Student Mindset: Insights From a New Survey of 2,000+ Prospective Graduate Students - Sponsored by EAB
    Will Lamb and Ashley Walker Colquitt


    Lightning Round Sessions


    Student-Centered Language Assessment: Lowering Barriers and Increasing Opportunities - Sponsored by Duolingo English Test

    State of the Education Market: Trends and Insights in Key Master's Disciplines - Sponsored by Wiley Education Services



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