The Graduate Lounge

Henry "Hank" Johnson
New England Institute of Technology

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 to increase the diversity of institutions represented at NERA.
At this year’s conference, the GSIC has two sessions scheduled. The first session, “Getting Through It: Surviving the Dissertation Process,” is back by popular demand. Recently completed doctoral students will share tips and tricks to make the dissertation process more bearable. This session was well attended last year, so please plan to arrive early.
Our new session this year is, “The Business of our Business.” Most researchers eventually work on one-off projects funded by grants or government entities outside of the scope of their normal employment. This panel consists of business experts offering suggestions on independent contracting work, legal agreements, and most importantly, on how to properly form a business to protect your personal assets.  The panel will also talk about grant work and how to plan for taxes and how to minimize your tax liability. 
If you have questions you’d like to submit for discussion by either panel, please e-mail
The GSIC will continue working on our mission of supporting NERA graduate students through the Graduate Student Social, and the Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award. GSIC is now accepting applications to serve on the GSIC for the 2020 academic year. Serving on the GSIC is a great way to meet graduate students outside of your university, research practitioners, and to get involved with NERA! Applying to be a GSIC member is easy. Submit a short statement of intent (150 words maximum) and your CV or resume to The deadline to submit is November 1st.
The GSIC would like to thank all those who submitted papers to the Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award competition. All of the papers were well written and of high quality. We encourage all graduate students who presented a paper this year to submit their papers for this year’s 2019-20 Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award competition. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2019, so start preparing those papers now!
GSIC Call for New Members
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students. Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC-sponsored in-conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. New members are selected each year after the NERA Conference.
GSIC on Social Media
Additionally, please take a moment and ‘like’ us on Facebook. We will be revamping the page over the next few months to provide you with resources and materials as well as conference information and details. The web address is

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