The Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) is the premier conference for early career scientists to showcase their research, educational endeavors, and science communication interests with regard to astrobiology. The conference is open to extraordinary undergraduates and recent post-docs, though preference for attendance is given to graduate students.

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Comment by Graham E. Lau on January 30, 2017 at 9:26am

Hey all! Friendly reminder that AbGradCon 2017 applications are due in the next week! Also, there's an undergraduate student poster competition. Learn more at the website!

Comment by Graham E. Lau on January 8, 2017 at 7:29am

The AbGradCon 2017 Application is open now! Hope to see you all there!

Comment by Graham E. Lau on October 21, 2016 at 7:54pm

Hey all! Just in case you don't already know, AbGradCon 2017 will be taking place early next summer at NRAO/University of Virginia in Charlottesville. More to come there later this year!

Comment by Graham E. Lau on March 22, 2016 at 9:33am

There've been groups for separate years of AbGradCon in the past, but I thought it would be better just to build one group for the conference for this year and all the years to follow (may they be many and well-funded!).



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