Call for Submissions

Communication Graduate Student Association Conference: “Finding Our Voice”

Call for Abstracts

Submissions due:    Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

Conference date:     Friday, February 16, 2018

The CGSA is now accepting submissions for our ninth annual Purdue Communication Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place during the day on Friday, February 16, 2018 in the Graduate Student Center by the Grant Street Parking Garage at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

We invite research related to this year’s theme of “Finding Our Voice.” As scholars, we have the opportunity to impact change in a number of ways, but in order for this to happen, a conversation must begin. It is our belief that our research not only has the power to start these conversations, but provides a voice to those who wouldn’t be heard otherwise.

Special consideration will be given to those programs and papers that reflect the conference theme, as well as those that advance any communication-related body of research and attempt to predict or explore community and/or engagement of any chosen topic in the field of communication (e.g., interpersonal communication, media effects and use, new media, pedagogy, globalization, organizational communication, public relations, the basic course, etc.). However, any research related to communication is welcome.

All levels of research are appreciated, including work from undergraduate students, master’s students, and Ph.D. students of all disciplines. Additionally, submissions from institutions beyond Purdue University are welcome.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. We are accepting extended abstracts for individual paper 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. Multiple submissions from individuals are allowed. The CGSA conference is an excellent venue to receive feedback on projects, especially before the NCA submission deadline in March. 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.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a cover page and an extended abstract to See below for specific guidelines for each document.

Cover page:

– Include researcher name(s)

– Indicate whether this is a completed project or a work in progress

– Provide four to five key words


– Remove name and other identifying information to ensure blind review

– Clearly identify research area

– Clearly identify how project adds to current scholarly knowledge of the topic

– APA formatting

– 400-600 words excluding references

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If you have any general questions about the upcoming conference, feel free to contact Chelsea Moss at