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The Annual Meeting begins with pre-meeting workshops on Wednesday, December 6 followed by the New Member and First Time Attendee Meet and Greet at 5:00 pm and the Opening Reception at 6:00 pm.

The main program begins on Thursday, December 7 at 8:30 am. The Annual Meeting program includes informative plenary and concurrent sessions on the issues most pressing to the graduate education community. Sponsored breakfasts and lightning sessions round out the program along with the exhibit hall which will be open on December 7 and 8.

On Thursday, December 7, the meeting opens with a keynote presentation by Shelly Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Chair Lowe will focus her remarks on humanities graduate education and research along with a discussion of scholarship of relevance to, and developed in collaboration with, indigenous communities.

To complement Lowe’s remarks, CGS will host an evening reception on Thursday, December 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The museum includes one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts covering the entire Western Hemisphere and provides exhibition galleries and spaces that aim to foster a more informed understanding of Indigenous people and their cultures and histories. The reception is complimentary for meeting attendees. Guest tickets can be purchased during meeting registration.

Plenary Sessions
  • “Indigenous Humanities: Empowering Native Voices and Communities” presented by Shelly Lowe
  • “Graduate Education for a Changing World-LaPidus Lecture” presented by Tim Killeen and Carlos Santiago
  • “From Arriving to Surviving to Thriving: Serving the Whole International Student” presented by Rajika Bhandari
  • “From Artificial Intelligence to Collective Wisdom: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society” presented by Ruha Benjamin
  • “Socially Directed Science and Engineering: Graduate Education for a More Sustainable Future” presented by Christine Ortiz
  • Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®): Showcase and Roundtable Discussion


Concurrent Sessions
  • Opening Doors to New Research and Scholarship: Increasing Impact through Inclusion
  • Embracing Boundless Opportunities: Internationalizing Graduate Education
  • Innovative Funding Models in Master’s Education
  • Forging Industry-Ready Scholars: The Future of Employment-Aligned PhDs
  • Recognizing the Strengths of First-Generation Graduate Students: Naming Barriers and Identifying Opportunities
  • Leveraging Technology to Improve Diversity and Access in Graduate Education
  • Start, Stop, or Grow: Graduate Program Evaluation and Development
  • Creating a Sense of Community and Belonging for Master’s Students
  • From Baby Boomers to Gen Z: How to “Click” with Students
  • The Student-Supervisor Relationship: Building and Maintaining Strong Foundations
  • The Power of Planning: Creating a Graduate Enrollment Management Plan that Positions Your Programs for Growth
  • Career Mentoring for Master’s Students
  • The Changing Landscape of Graduate Education: Preparing for an Uncertain Future
  • Maximizing Returns: Affordability and ROI in Graduate Education
  • Systemic Change Toward Equity and Belonging in Graduate Education
  • Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water: Dysfunction as a Mechanism for Systematic Change


Lightning Round Sessions

These 30-minute sessions are opportunities to learn about solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on your campus. Don’t miss the chance to hear from industry leaders about their recent work with graduate schools, and to help shape their future products and services. Session topics include:

  • Securing Future Enrollment through Career Development-sponsored by The Center for Graduate Career Success
  • Power Skills: How to Successfully Roll Out Professional Development Training for Early Career Researchers-sponsored by Springer Nature


LaPidus Lecture

The LaPidus lecture will be presented at the afternoon plenary session on Thursday, December 7 at 2:30 pm. This lecture was established to honor the late Jules LaPidus, a past-president of CGS. The lecture is delivered each year by international leaders and visionary thinkers. Tim Killeen, President of the University of Illinois System and Carlos Santiago, Commissioner Emeritus of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education will deliver the 2023 lecture, “Graduate Education for a Changing World.”


CGS Awards Luncheon

On Thursday, December 7, the Annual CGS Awards Luncheon will honor the exemplary work of graduate students and graduate schools. Recipients of the Gustave Arlt Award, the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertations Awards, the CGS/ETS Award, the Debra W. Stewart Award and the Assistant and Associate Deans Leadership Award will be announced.