National Conference 2018

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Date(s) - 11/01/2018 - 11/04/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of Arkansas

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Welcome to the 32nd Annual NAGPS National Conference

The 2018 NAGPS National Conference will be hosted by the Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) at the University of Arkansas this coming fall, November 1st to November 4th.

Issues surrounding higher education have never been more important or have come into question more than they have in the current political climate. Uncertainty in the future of funding, interest rates, and student visas presents a new set of challenges, but also the opportunity to act by continuing to elevate the voices of graduate and professional students in the national conversation.

The NAGPS National Conference at the University of Arkansas will gather leaders from across the country for a 3 day conference of leadership development, academic achievement, and the development of the association’s advocacy platform.


The conference will feature presentations on leadership development, advocacy, best practices, organizational initiatives, and collaborative efforts between member institutions. You can submit an abstract to present on organizational and nonprofit leadership techniques. If you or your grad government has an effective and innovative programs/service you offer, advocacy initiative you would like to share,or to present on a problem your government is facing; consider applying to be a presenter!

Research Methods

New this year is the NAGPS Pre-Conference on Research Methods on Thursday, November 1st. We invite graduate students to submit an abstract, paper or proposal for consideration in the NAGPS Pre-Conference on Research Methodologies. The goal of this daylong event is to promote the exchange of information about research practices and foster visibility of graduate research through the organization.


We will be establishing the NAGPS’ legislative and advocacy platforms going into 2018. Delegates from your institution will help decide on the association’s legislative goals and advocacy agenda for the upcoming year.

The University of Arkansas Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC)  was voted Member of the Year in 2017 for the outstanding work they do in representing graduate and professional students at their institution and nationally, and has contributed to establishing NAGPS as the representative body of all graduate and professional students in the United States. We are excited to be heading to Arkansas for this year’s national conference.

Information on registration, submitting abstracts, and accommodations will be available soon. If you have any questions you can reach Vice President Joseph Verardo at, and Conference Director Arley Ward at We look forward to seeing you this November in Arkansas!

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The Chancellor Hotel

70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Room rates: Thursday – $109; Friday and Saturday $139.

Make reservations online or call (479) 442-5555 and say you are with  the NAGPS conference to secure the rate.

The Conference rate is available until October 1

Travel Info

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)


National Board Elections

Consider running for or nominating a person for a national position.

Bids for the 2018 National Conference, and Leadership Summit

Submit a bid to host the 2019 Leadership Conference or the 2019 National Conference. Coming soon


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Call for Presentations

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National and Regional Member of the Year Awards

Online application forms coming soon