Graduate Programs


ReCon IX: Grad(uate?) School and Beyond

September 6-8, 2019
Banff, Alberta

About the Conference
Stay In Touch
Program Details
Registration and Bus Transportation
Abstract Submission
Funding Opportunities
About Banff
Past Conference Archive
ReCon VII Sponsors

About the Conference

ReCon is an annual graduate student retreat and conference that focuses on graduate student research and professional development. It covers topics relevant to students in all phases of their programs. Opportunities for students, staff, and professors to interact in a casual and supportive atmosphere abound. Whether students are new to the faculty or nearing the end of their programs, attendance at ReCon is an extremely valuable interdisciplinary experience that is a lot of fun!


What are the Benefits of Attending ReCon?

  • Be exposed to the wide breadth of research conducted in the faculty.
  • Be challenged to think critically about topics outside of your research area.
  • Present and receive critical feedback on your research in a safe environment.
  • Meet and reconnect with other students, staff, and faculty members.
  • Build valuable friendships and support systems.
  • Connect with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, including breathtaking views, diversity of wildlife, and endless recreational activities.

How do I sign up? 

  1. Register & book transportation
    • Early bird registration for students: $110 (until June 1, 2019)
    • General registration for students: $135 (after June 1, 2019)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: $150 (until June 1, 2019)
    • General registration for faculty: $175 (after June 1, 2019)
    You can also register over the phone using the course code 8621 by contacting the Customer Service Centre at Phone: 780-492-2231
  3. Book your hotel(Special conference rates listed below):
    • Deadline to book rooms* at Banff Centre: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
    • One-bedded room: $200 + taxes
    • Two-bedded room: $220 + taxes
    • Extra occupancy: $20/person
      *Queen-sized beds; ie. 1 bedded room = 1 queen-size bed; 2 bedded room = 2 queen-size beds
  4. Submit an abstract (not required)
    • Abstract submission NOW OPEN!
    • All abstracts will be accepted

Guests of ReCon IX attendees may register at the student rates.

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Stay in Touch

Follow us on social media and get up to date information on ReCon IX!

Follow our Facebook page

If you’re sharing on Facebook, uploading fun pictures on Instagram, or Tweeting about us use the Hashtag #ReConIX to stay connected!

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Program Details

This year, ReCon will be moving to a new location—The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity—from September 6 - 8, 2019

Tentative Schedule - 2019 Schedule TBA. To see what kinds of events happen at ReCon, see last year's schedule!

View last year's full program HERE!

The full program includes professional development sessions, student abstracts, keynote speakers, details about outdoor activity breaks, and much more!

Keynote Speakers

Each year at ReCon, an alumnus of the faculty will present a keynote address. The speaker will reflect on his or her experiences as a graduate student in our faculty, and how these experiences contributed to achieving career success.

Professional Development Sessions

Earn your Professional Development (PD) credits! Each year at ReCon you can work towards fulfilling your Professional Development program requirements by attending our scheduled PD sessions! No additional cost.

As per KSR graduate program requirements, all graduate students are to fulfill 8 hours of Professional Development activities consistent with their Individual Development Plan (IDP) - see link here for more details.

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Outdoor Activities

This year, a range of activities will be offered! Stay tuned to find out what fun we have in store for ReCon IX!   

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Dining Arrangements

Friday September 6: TBA

Saturday September 7: TBA

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Registration and Bus Transportation

*Registration opens May 1, 2019*

You can also register over the phone using the course code 8621 by contacting the Customer Service Centre at Phone: 780-492-2231

Conference Costs:

    • Early bird registration for students: $110 (May 1 - June 1, 2019)
    • General registration for students:$135 (after June 1, 2019)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: $150 (May 1 - June 1, 2019)
    • General registration for faculty: $175 (after June 1, 2019)

Guests of ReCon IX attendees may register at the student rates

What is included?

  • Conference registration for the weekend
  • A conference bag stuffed with goodies!
  • 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 2 lunches (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Conference dinner at the Banff Centre (Saturday)
  • Transportation to Banff and to activities during the conference (if needed)

How to Register:

Booking Online:

  1. Go to
  2. Search the course barcode (use barcode 8621)
  3. Once you've added the event to your cart, you'll be asked to sign in. All faculty and staff should have a login ID and password (please note - this is NOT your CCID and password). If you don't know this info, click "forgot password" and enter your UAlberta email to have your login and pin sent to you
  4. If you are not a UAlberta student or faculty member, you can create and account or call us to book at 780.492.2231
  5. If you are a student but you can't get the student rate, please call our office to book at 780.492.2231 or email

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The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Deadline to book rooms at Banff Centre: Tuesday August 6, 2019
Accommodations (queen-sized beds; i.e., 1 bedded room = 1 queen size bed; 2 bedded room = 2 queen size beds)

We have secured special room rates for ReCon IX attendees with the following room prices below:

  • One-bedded room = $200.00 + taxes
  • Two-bedded room = $220.00 + taxes
  • Extra occupancy = $20/person

If you have more people sharing your room it will be an extra $20 per person per night (max 4 people per room). Anyone wishing to stay before and after the conference nights (September 6 and 7) will receive the same conference rate as long as rooms are available. You will need to contact reservations to add pre or post nights. Hotel booking deadline for this special ReCon IX rate is August 6th or until rooms are sold out. Don’t delay, book today!

If you have any questions please email:

Students are responsible for booking their own room and finding your own roommates! Please use our ReCon Facebook page as a source for connecting with other graduate students and finding roommates or send an email to

How to book your hotel room:
For guests to make reservations, they can contact our toll free number on 1-800-884-7574 or 403-762-6308 quoting the group name ‘ReCon IX’ or ‘Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation ReCon Conference.’ Alternatively, guests can make online reservations using this web link here (add link: You will need to provide a credit card to guarantee your reservation, but no payment or pre-authorization is taken. Payment is taken on checkout day.

1. Online
You can book your room online by using the following link:
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

** Make sure the correct dates are selected for your stay **
** Your credit card will not be charged until you check out of the hotel at the end of the conference **

2. By Email or Phone
Reservations can be taken directly either by email at or by phone at 403-762-6308 or toll free at 1-800-884-7574
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.
Please mention you are staying with ReCon IX or “Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation ReCon Conference”

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Abstract Submission

*Abstract submission NOW OPEN* 

Presenting at ReCon is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your research and get valuable feedback from professors and students from the Faculty. It is also a great way to sharpen your presentation skills before presenting at larger conferences, submitting for publication, or preparing for an oral exam. Even if you have presented the paper at a conference prior to ReCon, there will be many people in the crowd for whom it will be 'new'.

Abstracts from all research areas are welcomed and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for all types of projects, including (but not limited to) proposals, works-in-progress, and finished projects. For example, course-based Master’s students can present their capping project or a project for a class, while Coaching Master’s students may present work that they have done with an athletic team.

All student abstracts are accepted!

Abstract submission guideline:

  • Abstract submissions will be open from May 1 to August 15, 2019
  • Length of abstract: maximum 300 words, plus the maximum one page of Figures and/or Tables, another one page of references (optional), and 3 keywords
  • Submission format: Microsoft Office Word file
  • Deadline: August 15, 2019

Presentation formats:

  • 7-minute oral presentation
  • PechaKucha (20 x 20)
  • 3M (3-minute) talk*
  • Poster presentation
  • Alternative presentation**

* This format is presented and assessed according to the 3MT UAlberta event (add link to 3MT UAlberta site:

** Anything including dance, video/film, activity, and live experiment. Be creative!
** A $50 incentive towards your room cost is available to the first 30 abstracts received! **

Your abstract can be submitted via the following link: Deadline to submit abstracts is August 15th, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Hunter at or Julia Froese at

Presentation Guidelines

*Please check back for presentation guidelines*

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Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of travel awards offered by the University

FGSR Travel Awards
GSA Professional Development Grant
Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant
Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Graduate Travel Grant

Check with your supervisor about potential travel awards in your research area.

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About Banff

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff Alberta offers picturesque vistas and great opportunities to connect with and explore Canada’s natural beauty. Located within Banff National Park, Banff is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.

For more information on Banff check out the Town of Banff website at


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Past Conference Archive

Detailed Program for ReCon VIII
Detailed Program from ReCon VI

Detailed Program from ReCon V
Detailed Program from ReCon IV
Detailed Program from ReCon III
Detailed Program from ReCon II
Detailed Program from ReCon I

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Supporting ReCon means supporting students and supporting students means supporting the future! In Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation we are a highly interdisciplinary field. You can find us researching topics in sport physiology, adaptive sport, sport history, sport psychology, coaching practices, sport sociology, recreation, leisure and so much more! Sponsoring ReCon supports our students in their studies and helps them make valuable connections across different fields of research, promoting the opportunity for collaborative research.

Are you interested in sponsoring ReCon IX? Contact us at!


ReCon USEED Fundraising Campaign

You can help create and sustain a culture that champions excellence in teaching, coaching, learning, research, and citizenship.

You can also help create diverse and rewarding learning opportunities that inspire students, nurture Faculty talents, and expand knowledge and skills.

Your support goes directly towards reducing costs for students to attend a weekend full of professional development opportunities, academic growth, and networking!

Check out our fundraising page

Thank you again for your support!

The ReCon IX Planning Committee