Western Association of Gradaute Schools

WAGS Conference 2016 – Socorro, New Mexico



New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology welcomes the

WAGS Conference 2016 – Socorro, New Mexico

Save the date – Join us at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Graduate Schools

March 20-23, 2016

Conference Opening Reception March 20, 5 pm

Conference Plenary and Concurrent Sessions:
March 21-23, 8:45 am – 5:45 pm†

A preliminary program will be provided in the fall 

click here to see last year’s program (PDF)

Registration, Hotel, and Travel Information: coming soon

Come early or stay after the conference to enjoy the Land of Enchantment!

†Note we will have an explosives demonstration in the afternoon on the 23rd.

University of Alaska Anchorage


The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest post-secondary institution. Located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city, the campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system perfect for students’ active lifestyles.

The University of Utah


Whether it’s lectures, concerts, museums, gardens, or Broadway-quality theatre, campus is chock full of exciting things to do nearly every day of the year.

New Mexico Highlands University


Northern Arizona University


New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology


New Mexico Tech resides in the very heart of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. NMT focuses on STEM education, with an emphasis of student involvement in cutting edge research and design.

I truly don’t believe I could have done my work with such confidence nor developed the more informed perspectives I have without my involvement in WAGS. What a great resource we have available to us as we continue our work to inspire, innovate, and improve our graduate programs.
Donna White
Associate Dean of The Graduate School
The University of Utah

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