Welcome to the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). It is with great honor and humility that I now continue my service with CSGS as the 2017-2018 President. This year we held our 46th Annual CSGS Meeting in Annapolis, MD, seeking to learn about the “Perils and Pearls of Graduate Education.” As an organization, CSGS seeks to bring together a diverse compilation of institutions to debate, dialogue, and deliberate on issues and topics relevant to the forward movement of graduate education in the 21st century. The rich conversations and networking opportunities take place during our plenary and concurrent breakout sessions. As a tradition, CSGS co-sponsors a reception with the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS). Participants may attend the CHBGS conference before the start of CSGS, where they can not only learn about issues and best practices within minority serving institutions, but also create and establish mutual institutional partnerships.
Our annual meetings not only benefit graduate school administrators and staff, but also our graduate students. After all, they are our focus, and we have greatly benefited from their presence at our annual meetings when they compete in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition or 3MT®. During the 3MT® competition, graduate students (masters or doctoral) have 3 minutes to present their research using one static slide. They are rated on engagement along with comprehension and content. The exceptional research that these students present is phenomenal, and are a testament to the support, training, and professional development they receive from their home institutions.
It is time to mark your calendars for our next CSGS annual meeting which will take place in Fayetteville, Arkansas February 22-25, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.