The Graduate Lounge

Beth Perkins
James Madison University

Our Mission: The mission of the Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC) is to support the involvement and professional development of NERA graduate student members and to reach out to new graduate students in an effort to increase the diversity of institutions represented at NERA.
GSIC Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award Winner
At the October 2019 conference, Catherine A. Manly, University of Massachusetts Amherst, received the Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award for her paper titled “A panel data analysis of the use of multiple content modalities,” which was presented at the October 2018 conference. Congratulations to Catherine! Many thanks to 14 raters who volunteered their time to rate multiple papers!
GSIC Sponsored Conference Sessions
During the October 2019 conference, the GSIC sponsored two sessions geared toward graduate students: “Getting Through It: Managing the Dissertation Process” and “The Business of our Business.” Many thanks to the professionals who participated in these panels and to the GSIC members who helped in the planning and moderating of these panels!
Looking Ahead
As we begin our planning for the 2020 conference, the committee wants your input about what you’d like to see as part of the GSIC events. Is there a panel discussion on a specific topic? A change to the structure of the social? Increased networking time? Please feel free to e-mail your thoughts and suggestions to

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