Georgia's Chief Academic Officer Highlights CSU's First Graduate Research Conference

Dr. David MorganCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will present its first graduate research conference this week, another milestone that further establishes CSU’s new Graduate School as an integral part of the university’s structure.

Titled “New World, New Challenges: Building Bridges Across Disciplines,” the conference allows researchers vital experience in presenting their findings and discussing their studies. It will feature panel discussions and presentations by graduate students from throughout the region.

The conference, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at CSU’s Cunningham Center, is free and open to the public. David Morgan, interim executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, will offer the keynote address at 11:45 a.m. He serves as the chief academic officer for Georgia’s 35 state universities.

Organizers expect 36 conference participants from 11 different universities and organizations, said conference chair Greg Domin, CSU’s interim associate provost for graduate education.

“I’m really excited about this conference,” Domin said. “In today's increasingly globalized world, the boundaries that used to exist between people and between disciplines are being eroded, making it more important than ever to look at one's research within the context of others' efforts across fields of study.  The Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Conference provides an exciting new opportunity for graduate students from different disciplines to do just that.”

Conference topics range from "How Art Reflects the World" to "Delicate Systems: Conservation Biology Studies." Organizations hope to make the conference an annual event, attracting a wider array of participants and audiences each year.

A full agenda of Thursday's conference can be found online at

For more information, contact Greg Domin at 706-507-8704 or

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