Since 2009, the Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) has sponsored an annual conference for graduate students. In this forum, students from Northern Illinois and other universities can present their original research in a supportive intellectual environment. Typically held in early November, the conference is free and open to the public. Paper submissions must be based on original research. Graduate students in history and other related disciplines are invited to submit proposals. The mission of the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is to provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development, foster academic collaboration, and promote the discipline of history in a supportive intellectual environment.