Call for Abstracts (Extended Deadline: Jan. 26, 2014)

5th Annual Communication Graduate Student Association Conference

Engaging Communities: Communicative Approaches & Applications

Abstracts due: January 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm January 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (extended deadline)

Conference Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

 The CGSA is now accepting submissions from all Purdue University students for our fifth annual Purdue Graduate Student Conference on Engaging Communities. The conference will take place during the day on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Lawson. 2014 Conference Logo

We invite research related to this year’s theme of Engaging Communities: Communicative Approaches and Applications. This theme reflects the important role the many branches of communication research can play in understanding our changing world. However, any research related to communication is welcome. All levels of research are appreciated, including 1st year master’s students to 4th year PhD students, in all disciplines.

 The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 19, 2014 Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST (deadline extended). We are accepting extended abstracts for both individual paper proposals and panel proposals. We welcome abstracts for both completed papers and works in progress. A work in progress could be a research proposal, a project that you have not yet collected data for, or a theoretical paper. Additionally, G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) are accepted. Multiple submissions are allowed. The CGSA conference is an excellent venue to receive feedback on projects, especially before the NCA submission deadline. Papers presented at the CGSA conference can also be submitted to another conference.

Please format your submissions in .doc/.docx and submit them via email to Please note on your submission whether this is a completed project or a work in progress. Once your submission is received you will receive a note of confirmation. Because this is a blind review process, please ensure that your name and all identifying information only appear on the cover page. Acceptance notices will be sent out in early February.

General Submission Guidelines:

Individual Paper Proposals 

  • Submit two documents: cover page and abstract
  • Extended abstract (max of 1,000 words inclusive of references)
  • Remove name from abstract to ensure blind review
  • On cover page:
    • Include name
    • Indicate whether this is a completed project or a work in progress
    • Provide four to five key words
  • Note: You can still submit this paper to NCA (or present a paper already accepted to ICA)

Panel Proposals

  • Submit two documents: cover page and abstract
  • Include panel title and general theme/aims
  • 3-4 papers per panel
  • Abstract for each paper; max of 2,000 words for entire proposal inclusive of references
  • Remove names from abstract to ensure blind review
  • Include names on cover page


  • Submit two documents: cover page and GIFTS description
  • GIFTS documents should include: 1) title of the activity, 2) name of course(s) in which activity is intended to be used, 3) rationale justifying the activity and how it connects to course concepts, 4) the learning objectives/outcomes for the activity, 5) a detailed description of the activity including preparation and step-by-step execution, 4) an evaluation of the activity.
  • GIFTS should be formatted as professionally-written lesson plans that can be given to session participants. This includes clearly labeled sections and bullet-pointed or numbered lists.
  • GIFTS submissions should not exceed 1,000 words (inclusive of references) and should have all identifying information removed from the GIFTS description page(s). Please include name on cover page ONLY.

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