Third Moody Graduate Research & Creative Symposium

The Moody College of Communication and Graduate Communication Council at the University of Texas at Austin will host the Third Moody Graduate Research & Creative Symposium, a one-day, in-person graduate student conference in March 2023. Building on the theme of a world in transition, this conference highlights student research that relates to challenges in health, society, education, security, governance, and politics.

Following an unprecedented set of crises catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic and cascading crises rooted in international security, political uncertainty, rising inflation, food insecurity, and climate change, the role of communication – be it in the academic or practitioner realm – is more central to addressing these challenges than ever before. 

This conference is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D. students) engaged in relevant work and research to present their work in an interdisciplinary milieu. Participants will benefit from feedback from faculty and graduate student discussants.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions, including works in progress, should be student-authored or co-authored.

  • All methodological approaches are welcome.
  • We encourage submissions of the following from every sub-field of communication:
    • abstracts
    • extended abstracts
    • proposals
    • working papers
  • Submissions can be presentations of theoretical papers, research studies, and creative projects that explore questions related to the following:
    • advertising
    • communication studies
    • communication sciences and disorders
    • journalism
    • public relations
    • radio/television/film

We particularly invite students from underrepresented backgrounds to submit their work.  

There will be two available formats for presentation: a poster or multimedia presentation, or a 5-minute research presentation. The top poster and presentation will receive recognition. 

Submission Requirements

Submission Details: Please submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) through this Google form. Questions should be directed Clearly state the communication theory or practice relevance and implications of your work. All submissions should be anonymized. Submitted abstracts must be original and should NOT be published. 

Please note the key dates below.

January 25: Deadline for abstract submissions

February 15: Notification of selected presenters

March 5, 2023: Deadline for full paper submission (work in progress is acceptable).

March 28, 2023: Conference

For academic submissions, we encourage submissions from graduates students who are interested in: 

  • Media literacy, disinformation, misinformation and propaganda

  • Media, elections and governance

  • Media in times of political, economic and/or social crisis

  • Social media, emerging media and platform governance

  • Media and education 

  • Youth and media and youth and the news

  • Freedom of expression, hate speech, engagement

  • Privacy and protection of personal data and/or AI 

For professional and creative works, we encourage submissions from graduate students who are interested in: 

  • New techniques in design and production 

  • Lessons learned from industry best practices 

  • Case Studies 

  • Teaching Notes