Annual Meeting

CSGS Annual Meeting 2020


Online registration for the 2020 conference is now closed. On-site registration will be available at the start of the event.

Meeting Dates and Location

March 5-7, 2020
Birmingham, Alabama

Graduate Education Leading the Way with Courage and Inclusivity

In 2020, Graduate Education faces unprecedented challenges that acutely impact recruiting and retaining graduate students and faculty, building new programs, and supporting students and their success. Facing these challenges will require bold vision and courageous action. What better place than Birmingham, the Magic City, to face these challenges—a city whose citizens courageously and boldly took action that instigated change for civil rights. This year’s CSGS theme draws inspiration from the spirit of Birmingham and from the Civil Rights Institute, one of our venues.

With this conference theme and the meeting location of Birmingham, Alabama guiding our efforts, the CSGS Executive Board and the 2020 Conference Program Committee  has organized panel presentations and concurrent sessions connected to the following broad topical areas:

  1. Overcoming Barriers – Promoting Access and Inclusivity in Graduate Education
  2. Feeling the Power of an Idea – Building Resiliency in Graduate Education
  3. Setting the Welcome Table – International Students and International Experiences in Graduate Education
  4. Keeping the Movement Moving – Best Practices in Graduate Education


New this year:  A full day of programming specifically for graduate students! 

On Friday, March 6 beginning at 10:00 a.m., industry and academic experts will lead interactive sessions around three key themes:
1) Professionals in Preparation: Addressing the importance of professional skill development for graduate students, this session will introduce interviewing skills for positions inside or outside the academy, business etiquette, networking, and LinkedIn.
2) Mentor/Mentee Relationships: Using interactive theater and humor, the renowned group “Theater Delta” will examine student and faculty roles and responsibilities in effective mentorship and conflict resolution.
3) Building Resilience: Focusing on student well-being, this session will spotlight the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry, a campus/community partnership combatting food insecurity on a university campus, and mental health and mindfulness.
The day will conclude with the opportunity for graduate students to network with CSGS attendees at a poster session and reception at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Program-related information:

The conference program is now found on the Guidebook App, which allows you to make the most of your CSGS 2020 Conference Experience!  On our conference app, you will be able to view the full meeting schedule, build your own schedule, meet our plenary speakers and award winners, and see all the wonderful things to do in Birmingham – all at your fingertips.

To download the app, please open this message on your mobile phone and click on the link here:

  • If you do not already have the Guidebook App on your smartphone, you will first be prompted to download that app now for free. Next, once you’ve downloaded the app,  you will be prompted to enter the following passphrase: csgs2020.  That’s it! You’ll see the 2020 CSGS Conference Site and be able to begin making your plans.
  • If you previously downloaded the Guidebook App, you will simply enter csgs2020 when prompted for the conference passphrase.

Registration Information:

Online registration has closed. If you are planning to attend the conference and have not yet registered, on-site registration will be available in Birmingham.

Full Registration for Deans, Faculty, and Staff Members  (i.e., all conference days)

  • 1 or 2 attendees:  $400 each, until January 21, 2020. After this date, the registration fee will increase to $475 each.
  • 3 or more attendees: $350 each, until January 21, 2020. After this date, the registration fee will increase to $425 each.

Partial Registration for Deans, Faculty, and Staff Members (i.e., one or two conference days)

  • 1 conference day: $150 each, until January 21, 2020. After this date, the registration fee will increase to $175 each.
  • 2 conference days: $300 each, until January 21, 2020. After this date, the registration fee will increase to $350 each.

3MT Student Registration (i.e., registration for the student who is representing your institution in the 3MT competition)

  • $100 each (this registers the student for all conference days)

Registration for a Student who is not your 3MT participant

  • $150 each, until January 21, 2020. After this date, the registration fee will increase to $175 each.



  • Sponsorship registration is now closed

Past Meetings

CSGS Annual Meeting 2019

CSGS 48th Annual Meeting (Program)

February 14-16, 2019
Knoxville, TN 37902

CSGS Annual Meeting 2018

CSGS 47th Annual Meeting

February 22-25 2018
Fayetteville, AR 72701

CSGS Annual Meeting 2017

CSGS 46th Annual Meeting

March 2-5 2017
Annapolis, MD 21401