Graduate Appalachian Research Community

About Us

The University of Kentucky's Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) is an official graduate student organization promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on Appalachian research. Our mission is to foster a supportive community in which students from various disciplines learn from each other's findings, discuss research obstacles and successes, can have a venue to present their Appalachian‐based research, and collaborate. To be added to the GARC listserv to receive email updates about events, resources, and opportunities please email Leah Vance.

GARC Activities & Outreach

  • Collaboration and participation in Appalachian Center events
  • Appalachian film screenings
  • Sharing relevant events, resources, and opportunities with colleagues, faculty, and students
  • Co-sponsoring events with other organizations with similar missions and interests
  • Organizational meetings to elect officers, plan events, and discuss the focus and direction of GARC
  • Discussion meetings to share interdisciplinary interests, research and questions
  • Lunch meetings with campus guest lecturers with relevant interest and expertise in the broad field of Appalachian Studies
  • Member presentations at the annual Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference and other conferences with Appalachian Center support

GARC Symposium

In February or March of each year we sponsor a yearly Research Symposium and Arts Showcase for student researchers and artists. This event is open to students of all disciplines and all academic levels in Kentucky. Planning for the 2019 Symposium is already underway.  Click HERE for the CFP and more information! 

2018-2019 Officers

**Elections for student officers are held in the early fall semester of each year. For more information contact 2018-2019 GARC President, Leah Vance.**


Leah Vance Higher Education & Policy Studies


Anna Biller Law


Emma Kiser History

Symposium Chair

Aaron Guest Gerontology


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