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Friday, February 24th
9:00 AM

Oral Presentations

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Lunch and Panel Discussion: "An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Graduate Student Resilience and Retention"

UC North Ballroom

12:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Moderator: Shannon Lollar, Assistant Professor College of Education, Department of Counseling


  • Whitney Miller, Counseling graduate student and counseling intern at the Curry Health Center
  • Sabina Sabyrkulova, Counseling doctoral student conducting research on professional dispositions among doctoral students
  • Allison Lawrence, head volleyball coach at UM, and doctoral student in the EdD program
  • Katelyn Melcher, Psychology graduate student and counseling intern at SARC
  • Robert Ryan, Counseling doctoral student and former college counselor and current high school counselor
  • Mara Livdahl, Counseling graduate student, and counseling intern at the YWCA

Panelists from UM’s campus will discuss strategies for wellness, advocacy within higher education, and the impact of graduate school on students’ mental health. Join our panelists as they discuss how they have navigated the power dynamics of higher education in order to seek support and help, as well as what other methods of self-care have contributed to their resiliency within their departments. Our panelists are interdisciplinary and have experience working across college campuses in various resource roles.

Sponsored by the Institute of Health and Humanities.

1:30 PM

Oral Presentations

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Performing and Visual Arts Presentations

UC South Ballroom

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Poster Presentation Session and "Best of GradCon" Awards

UC North Ballroom

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM