Important Dates:

Call for Proposals

December 1, 2017

Deadline to Submit Proposals and Apply for Funding

February 15, 2018

Notification of Acceptance

March 15, 2018

(Early Bird) Deadline to accept conference role and/or funding

April 1, 2018

Conference registration FINAL Deadline

April 30, 2018

Panels: Presenters on three-paper panels should prepare to present their research for 15 minutes. Each panel will be assigned a Chair to serve as the panel coordinator, keeping time for all presentations and Q&A portions. Q&A may take place after each paper or at the end of the panel – at the panel chair’s discretion. All presentations will take place in Room 111, 120, and 121 in Founders Hall. Each room will have a projector and a computer; please bring a USB drive to transfer your presentation to the computer. Please note that some classrooms only have HDMI cables. For laptops that require VGA support, we recommend using a flash drive to upload your presentations on the console computer.

Poster Session: The poster session will be held in the Founders Hall MultiPurpose Room. We advise that posters are 36"x48" or smaller, with a landscape presentation (although portrait presentations can be accommodated). We will provide easels and push-pins, so presenters should not need any additional supplies.

Wireless Internet Access: All participants will have access to wireless internet through the MASON guest network. We recommend self-registering for a guest account on the Mason network, which will provide you with the fastest possible internet connection for up to three connected devices for seven consecutive days. To register, select MASON as your wireless network, navigate to itservices.gmu.edu on a browser, and create an account. Your credentials will be emailed or texted to you. As an alternative, you are also welcome to use the "Mason-Guest" or "EDUROAM" wi-fi channels.

Workshop Software: Required and suggested software packages for workshops will be posted on the Workshops page closer to the conference.

Meals and Refreshments: Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all conference participants on each day of the workshops and conference. A continental breakfast will be available each morning beginning at 8:00am in Founders Hall. Boxed lunches will be available Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Friday, we will have a seated mentoring lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Please sit at the assigned table indicated on your name badge.

If you have dietary restrictions, please send an email to polinetworksconference@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Please only take specially labeled vegan or gluten-free meals if you expressed this preference to the organizers prior to the event.

Volunteer Opportunities: George Mason undergraduate and graduate students are invited to volunteer to help host the conference. Volunteers may sign-up for one or two 4-hour shifts, in which you will be assigned to staff the registration table or act as an usher. A single 4-hour shift can be exchanged for one free day at the conference or workshop, and two 4-hour shifts may be exchanged for free admission to the conference OR workshops. Individuals may not sign up for more than two shifts. Enter your GMU email address and G# when signing up. Signing up for a slot represents a commitment to be present. Should a volunteer be unable to meet their commitment it is the volunteer's responsibility to find an alternative person to fulfill the duty. Sign up HERE!

Contact polinetworksconference@gmail.com if you have questions.