GSE Student Research Symposium 2008

GSE Student Research Symposium Celebrates 15 Years

symposium08The 15th Annual GSE Graduate Student Research Symposium was held April 10, 2008, at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. Over 60 students presented their research, with additional participation from GSE faculty and alumni. Throughout the years, the symposium has provided an opportunity for students to learn about conferences and gain experience presenting. In preparation for their future academic and professional careers, GSE students are encouraged to attend and present at local, regional, and national research conferences.

The first half of the symposium comprised a wide array of concurrent panel, roundtable, and poster presentations. The culminating event of the day was the keynote address by Arthur Levine, which attracted over 150 attendees. Levine is the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University. In his inspiring presentation, Levine discussed the current state of higher education and, drawing upon his more than 30 years of experience, speculated on future issues and trends in education.

Each year a doctoral student is selected to coordinate the research symposium. This year’s committee chair was Danielle Johnson from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. "It was an honor to play a role in such an important part of our education as graduate students," Johnson said. "For many students, this was their first time presenting and the experience was invaluable. The symposium was also an opportunity for student presenters and attendees to exchange ideas and initiate dialogue about current issues relevant to education. To also have Dr. Levine serve as our keynote speaker was an immense honor, and hearing him speak was incredibly inspiring." Johnson wanted to publicly thank those who were an integral part of the day's success. "Without the help and support of UB President John Simpson, GSE Dean Mary Gresham, Dr. Raechele Pope (the 2008 symposium faculty advisor), the faculty moderators, and the committee members and volunteers, this symposium would not have been nearly as memorable.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, Office of Alumni Relations, Center for Academic Development Services, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, and the Graduate Student Association.